Where do I begin? Just when I didn’t think 2007 could have provided more change for me, 2008 rolls in with gusto and fanfare. As Hillary Rodham Clinton states on every campaign stop, “Change is good, and change is necessary.” Truer words have never been spoken. Unfortunately, I can’t get into all the details, but suffice it to say that this year looks like it will bigger and better than ever!
There is a lot of upcoming craziness…I’m playing ninety minutes of “romantic music” on, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day; we have a recording session here in Dallas for a symphony premiere we did last fall (commencing at 9am on a Saturday, no less); I am playing these fascinating poems by Langston Hughes arranged for soprano and violin for Black History Month; and then I begin next month in Austin, Texas playing Mozart. The project that I am tremendously excited for is my live broadcast recital of the Brahms Sonata cycle with pianist Anita Pontremoli. The “Brahms project” is one I have been meaning to undertake for awhile now, and I couldn’t imagine pulling it off without the sensational Anita at my side. So, come to Kent State University for our children’s concert and TV broadcast concert in April to check it out and meet us afterwards!
This is some of the future craziness…December 2007 provided some much needed downtime. Fortunately, I was able to see a number of Cleveland friends and family, and even assisted my dad at his job. My dad works at a company that sells Tankless Water Heaters. These water heaters are designed to save money on utility usage and they take up less space and last longer than regular tank water heaters. They come in gas, propane and electric models…it’s actually kind of interesting, and they sell like hotcakes.
In addition, I have helped to spearhead the beginning of EMC Artists, Ltd., which I am very excited about. My career will be heading in a new direction with some very exciting projects coming up!!! I am excited to further these changes, and this management (along with new representation from a Cleveland-based law firm) will provide a solid support system. My website will have new information and updates coming soon (as well as much-needed audio links!), so, stay tuned…and, I promise to blog more often! If you were waiting for salacious stories from travels (apart from Paris Hilton’s premiere party down the street)…well, I haven’t been traveling that much recently but I look forward to some sure-to-be memorable concerts and trips in the next 6 months!
Yours from a drastically warmer environment,