Archive for September, 2008

Words of Wisdom for Autumn 2008

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

“Perhaps it is music that will save the world…” – Pablo Casals

“I consider music as the noblest language, bringing comfort, joy, inspiration and peace to mankind.  I think it is vital that music be preserved, and if music can help – then let’s have music!”  –  Henryk Szeryng

I Believe…

I believe-

that we don’t have to change friends

if we understand that friends change.

I believe-

that no matter how good a friend is,

they’re going to hurt you every

once in a while and you must forgive

them for that.

I believe-

that true friendship continues to grow,

even over the longest distance.

Same goes for true love.

I believe-

that you can do something in an instant

that will give you heartache for life.

I believe-

that it’s taking me a long time

to become the person I want to be.

I believe-

that you should always leave loved ones

with loving words. It may be the last

time you see them.

I believe-

that you can keep going

long after you can’t.

I believe-

that we are responsible for what we do,

no matter how we feel.

I believe-

that either you control your attitude

or it controls you.

I believe-

that regardless of how hot and

steamy a relationship is at first,

the passion fades and there had

better be something else to take

its place.

I believe-

that heroes are the people

who do what has to be done

when it needs to be done,

regardless of the consequences.

I believe-

that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe-

that my best friend and I can do anything

or nothing and have the best time.

I believe-

that sometimes the people you expect

to kick you when you’re down,

will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe-

that sometimes when I’m angry

I have the right to be angry,

but that doesn’t give me

the right to be cruel.

I believe-

that just because someone doesn’t love

you the way you want them to doesn’t

mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I believe-

that maturity has more to do with

what types of experiences you’ve had

and what you’ve learned from them

and less to do with how many

birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I believe-

that it isn’t always enough to be

forgiven by others. Sometimes you

have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe-

that no matter how bad your heart is broken

the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I believe-

that our background and circumstances

may have influenced who we are,

but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe-

that just because two people argue,

it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other

And just because they don’t argue,

it doesn’t mean they do.

I believe-

that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a

secret. It could change your life forever.

I believe-

that two people can look at the exact

same thing and see something totally.


I believe-

that your life can be changed in a matter of

hours by people who don’t even know you.

I believe-

that even when you think you have no more

to give, when a friend cries out to you

you will find the strength to help.

I believe-

that credentials on the wall

do not make you a decent human being.

I believe-

that the people you care about most in life

are taken from you too soon.

Texas Travels

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Greetings from the sky-lounge of DFW International Airport!  It is a hot, humid day as Dallas has been relatively cool due to Hurricane Gustav last week.  I am on my way to Abilene, Texas…on Monday, I am playing a recital at Abilene Christian University, opening their 2008-2009 series with pianist Cheryl Lemmons.  I have extra adrenaline for this concert, as it’s the first concert of the season for me.  We are playing works of Kreisler, Brahms, Mozart, Chopin and Dvorak, and I look forward to meeting ACU students after the concert!

For the next two years, I’m taking on the role as concertmaster of the Mansfield Symphony in Ohio, as well as my previously scheduled solo concerts.   I am very excited to join the Mansfield team, and the conductor (Robert Franz, who heads the Boise Philharmonic, and is associate in Buffalo and Houston) is inspiring, charming, and a joy to work with.  I will continue my studies with Chee-Yun in Dallas and return to Cleveland one week per month.  It will be a new role, bringing with it new challenges and additional repertoire, and I am thrilled to become part of the Mansfield community.  For more information on the orchestra and this appointment, check out the article under “Press Releases” on my site.  Mansfield’s current season has blockbusters by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, de Falla, and others, and I’m especially looking forward to Jodi Benson and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joining the orchestra!

This past week, I was glued to both conventions, paying special attention to the announcement of Joe Biden as the Dem’s VP nominee.  Back in 1972, Biden’s first Delaware campaign stop was in my grandparent’s house in Milford, Delaware, and there as an amusing photo of Biden trying to kiss my mother (a grade-schooler at the time), and my mother pulling away!  We’re trying to locate that particular photo.  I was not as attentive to the Republican National Convention as I feel a kind of repulsion to the current administration.  I hope everyone is able to get to the voting booths in November – may the best Hawaiian-born candidate win!

My site will be undergoing some renovations this year with a new template and pictures, audio and video samples being added.  Expect to see the finished product in about 12 weeks.  Additionally, the 2009-2010 calendar will be available at that time.

Well, I wish everyone a happy last two weeks of summer, and onwards to a productive, successful autumn!  Perhaps a drastic change in the White House will facilitate that….