Archive for September 6th, 2008

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….

Andrew