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Greetings, and the “Seasons”

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
rehearsing for Pittsburgh's "DWTS"

rehearsing for Pittsburgh's "DWTS"

This week, I am playing the “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi – featuring one of the very first grown-up pieces I learned on the violin – “Summer”. It was the summer of 1997, and I told my teacher at the Interlochen Arts Camp that “Summer” was, in fact, the next piece I would learn (I had a habit of doing that…a habit future teachers would quell). Forget the sonnets and dramatic dips and turns – I wanted to play the blistering Presto at top volume. 16 years later, I’m playing the set this Saturday (Vivaldi’s 335th birthday weekend) with the Gulf Coast Symphony and Maestro John Strickler. Hopefully, my interpretation of the Red Priest’s crowning achievement has changed in my advanced age.

The Vivaldi performance in Gulfport, MS is just one of three US coasts I’ll be visiting in as many weeks. In about 8 days time, I will be collaborating with the darling mezzo-soprano Lara Nie in works of Strauss and Canteloube in Manhattan (the Polera Recital Series on the Lower East Side). The following week, I am performing in San Jose, CA with works of Suk (Fantasie) and Dvorak (Romance) – my maiden outing with both Czech pieces. Because I am a glutton for undesirable locales, I will be performing in St. Maarten (Caribbean) after the California trip. I’m bringing sonatas of Beethoven, Saint-Saens, and Franck to the island paradise – and getting an early start on my tan. In April, I have shows in Pennsylvania and DC (including an unaccompanied recital of Bach, Paganini, Ysaye and Kreisler for the Arts Club Series), and later in the spring, I am competing on Pittsburgh’s “Dancing With The Stars” 2013. Whatever coordination I have with the violin isn’t present in my dance rehearsals – and the routine (a sensual Paso Doble) kind of resembles a hop-skotch tournament. Thank goodness my charming partner, Sandra, is patient. Look for updates (and silly pictures).

Next season is beginning to shape up, and we’ll post the calendar soon. Right now, it looks like I’ll be performing in America’s neighbors to the North and South; Mozart and Beethoven with chamber orchestras; a string of Tchaikovsky concerto appearances; and the Barber concerto for the first time. There may be an overseas trip or two, and local performances of the piano trio literature. Specifics will be announced when we’re able! I’ve also started penning thoughts, ideas, and memories for a future book. Don’t be expecting an expose of the classical music world, but–we’ll see how and where that project ends up.

I’ve enjoyed keeping up with colleagues, audience members, and fans on social media – what a world we live in! I wonder if Heifetz, Oistrakh, and the other Olympians of yesteryear ever fathomed careers being scrutinized on the World Wide Web. Never a dull moment, I suppose. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the future concerts–and the next time you hear one of the “Seasons” in an elevator, a restaurant, or on a Muzak record, remember – it’s actually legitimate, gorgeous music.

Musings from a Modern Troubadour

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Here we are – 2012. The Mayan calendar has created quite a bit of apprehension regarding this year, but I’m excited for what it will bring. I look forward to connecting and meeting with new orchestras, audiences, and fans – and of course, becoming more familiar with different food and cultures (a resolution of mine).

2011 was an invigorating year, musically and otherwise. Some highlights: I began the year in Jacksonville on the EMMA Recital Series with the lovely Anita Pontremoli; spent a week in Austin performing with two orchestras; returned to the Caribbean to perform on the stunning island of Anguilla; made my Toronto concerto debut with Mozart’s “Turkish” concerto; performed the Schumann sonata cycle in recital; made my D.C. recital debut; ¬†was interviewed on “The Derek and Romaine Show” (twice), OUT Pittsburgh, Nevada Public Radio, and numerous other outlets; made further debuts in Atlanta, Virginia, Minnesota, and Mexico; made return appearances to Florida, Carson City, Minneapolis, and Cleveland; and was inspired by several Broadway shows and memorable concerts (including Patti LuPone, Julia Fischer, “Book of Mormon”, and the venerable Cleveland Orchestra). Whew. Certainly, a very memorable year. For further details, you will have to wait for the memoirs!

Currently, I’m on a bit of a hiatus until performing the Brahms double concerto in MN at the end of this month, followed by a Toronto recital and performances of the Brahms concerto in Oakland, Cleveland, and Poland. I will be doing some yoga, continuing my sushi addiction, and getting through the stack of a dozen books on my nightstand. Any suggestions to add to my reading list? Celebrity biographies seem to be the genre du jour. Perhaps I should throw the Sonatas and Partitas into that mix…

I look forward to meeting new fans in the coming weeks, learning new music, and, especially, returning to the Bay Area. I will spend a week in mid-March performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Maestro Morgan, as well as my first performances of the Schumann violin concerto (in its original version) with the Saratoga Symphony. Coincidental putting those two friends on the same weekend? I think not. :)

Happy New Year, and my very best to a healthy, safe and prosperous 2012.

Change is coming…yet, revisiting the new…

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

It has been a very long time since I last blogged – this little thing called violin and career have gotten in the way. As the season winds down to a close, I wanted to check in and write about future plans and the most recent concert year.

And what a year it has been! Since the New Year, I have been in Jacksonville, New York City, Toronto, Austin, Anguilla, central Ohio, Carson City, St. Augustine, Atlanta, western Virginia, Kansas City, and everywhere in between. Next month, I’m in Arkansas and Texas, and will play chamber music in Minnesota at the end of the summer. Many frequent flier miles later, I will be able to sleep in, read celebrity autobiographies, and PLAN NEW REPERTOIRE. Yes, you heard me. During the 2012/13 season, I am committing myself to new repertoire by Prokofiev, Barber, Schumann, Suk, Shostakovich, Korngold, and others. After several seasons of the “standards”, “classics”, “warhorses”, and other such adjectives thrown about by venues, I am expanding my repertoire and growth on this instrument. Anyone disappointed? Probably not. :)

Next season, I will be making several international debuts, as well as revisiting orchestras with whom I’ve already played. Next year will mark the 100th orchestra I have performed with…and I feel very blessed that I have maintained relationships with nearly all of them. The 2011/12 schedule will be posted sometime this summer…but I can reveal that the Brahms violin concerto and Schumann sonata cycle are dominating the season.

This summer, I will be taking much needed vacations – one to Canada and another to New England. Some bonding with nature and R&R shall do the body (and violin) good! Perhaps I be back out on the tennis courts and swimming pool – but not if we have another 12 days of consecutive rain here in Cleveland. You’d think I live in Seattle. Anyway, I digress…

Hope all of you have having a terrific spring, and I look forward to seeing you at concerts next season! Stay tuned for concert dates, repertoire, and more frequently updated blogs! Til then…