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Music from every angle.

The violinist in question referred to (in this screen grab from the Rochester City Newspaper) is actually named Tessa Lark. I know this because I went to her own website to find out. It’s a small thing, but to me it looms large. Details matter. When reporting, getting the facts straight is Job One. Most …

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Peter, you’re a class act – thanks for your 36 years and counting!

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This morning’s Oregon Symphony rehearsal was my first in about five months. It was great to be back. Lots of nice greetings from my friends and colleagues are always appreciated! I didn’t miss my commute, however. Strange traffic problems that were compounded by various city construction projects that are being

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If all goes as planned, this is my final weekend of convalescence. I’m up to 90 minutes of playing a day now, and well on my way to more than that. My progress over the past week, especially, has verged on the exponential, which is heartening! Next week, I’ll be playing the first half of …

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I just had my last scheduled check with the fracture clinic, and my clavicle break is considered fully healed. It’ll be about another 4-8 weeks before I can do pull-ups or push-ups on the arm (pardon me while I stifle my laughter at that likelihood), but I’m cleared to really ramp up my work to …

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Yesterday marked the first day that I was able to play anything on my viola for a period of time measurable in minutes rather than seconds. It was both a relief and a stark reminder of how far I have to go. There will be questions of how my instrument is set up to deal …

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Two days ago, I got cleared to do three things by my doctor: sleep without my arm brace, drive a car, and put my viola under my chin. All three items were sources of major relief. Day one of viola: put the viola under my chin and noticed that the should rest did not contact …

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This past Friday the Oregon Symphony began its 123rd season. I, however, did not begin my 24th season. Just over a month ago, I broke my left collarbone in a cycling accident. That’s old news – you can even see my X-rays (before) here and (after) here. Tonight, I’m going to the Oregon Zoo to …

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On August 6th I had surgery to repair my broken clavicle. After just over three weeks, my pain level is negligible and I begin physical therapy right after the holiday weekend. I’m hoping to be able to get the viola up on my shoulder by mid-September, and then it will be a slow and steady …

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Sadly, due to a bike crash, I’m out of commission for at least the next 6 weeks. I was wearing a helmet – no excuses, everyone should, EVERY time – and aside from some scrapes and bruises, I’m ok. Except for my collarbone, which is now in three pieces. Ugh.

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The Goldbergs, insular and obsessed, have all the failings of classical music in general. The piece is a text reflecting on itself, satisfied in its own world, suggesting that everything you would ever want to know is contained within. The variations (by definition music about music) are subject to countless insider discuss

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The Pyxis Quartet has just finished a month-long rehearsal and performance period that involved two of the most challenging pieces for modern string quartets (at least until we do an Elliot Carter or John Zorn cycle, that is) – Georg Friedrich Haas’ Third String Quartet and George Crumb’s Black Angels. The

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The saga of the seeming disintegration of the Oregon Bach Festival reached what might be called the early end-game this past week with the news that executive director Janelle McCoy was being laid off and that her position was being eliminated due to budget cuts by the University of Oregon. Former Berwick Chorus member, OBF

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I wrote recently about my own experiences with complex musical pieces involving extended techniques, and how much the process of learning them challenged me at a very basic level. Today Kenji Bunch, my friend, colleague, and wonderful composer and violist wrote this on his personal Facebook page. I thought that it was well-

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I’ve had some learning to do these past few weeks, and more to come. A large part of being a professional musician is having someone come to you and say “play this”. Now, if you’re supposed to hold your viola like a viol, and bow between your left hand and the scroll, then you just …

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June is turning out to be a busy month for the members of the Portland collective 45th Parallel Universe. The Helios Ensemble, the chamber orchestra made up of all the combined ensembles of 45th Parallel, will be backing up Astoria indie band Blind Pilot for two shows at Astoria’s Liberty Theater. The shows are June &

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I just got back from a 10 day trip to New York – both the City, and upstate, near Syracuse. The first half of the trip was purely a vacation – it’s been since our honeymoon almost two years ago that my wife and I had taken a serious trip anywhere – the second half …

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Zach is a treasure – both musically and personally. He’s also a human of real depth and thoughtfulness. He also likes The Bachelor(ette) shows. For all this, I adore him! Read more about him here.

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No, not the speaking voice. But if you want to know what Tchaikovsky’s speaking voice sounded like, you can check that out here. I’m talking (see what I did there?) about the composer’s musical voice. It’s what alerts your ear – having never heard a particular piece before – that a compos

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After the previous blog post about the Brahms sextet had gone live, in which I wrote a bit about Lynn Harrell’s great sense of musical curiosity, John Fadial sent along this email from Lynn that he’d gotten after a previous year’s cello festival. Harrell had given a masterclass, and one of the younger stud

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Last Thursday, at an unspeakably early hour, I headed to the Portland airport to fly to Laramie, Wyoming. I was headed there to reunite with my University of Maryland graduate string quartet colleagues ( John Fadial and Jeffrey Multer, violins and Beth Vanderborgh, cellist) to play Brahms’ G major String Sextet with t

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There has been a lot of chamber music in my life lately, and that isn’t likely to change soon. And that’s a very good thing! Last Sunday, the Arnica String Quartet played our first concert with founding cellist Heather Blackburn back in her rightful spot. It was for the wonderful Camerata Musica series in Salem,

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“Karen Wagner, assistant principal oboe for the Oregon Symphony since 1999, could teach a masterclass on making reeds if she weren’t so busy making music and training young musicians at her private studio. She’s performed with 45th Parallel, Helios Camerata, Arcturus Quintet, Chamber Music Northwest, the Oregon Ba

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“Double bassist Nina DeCesare is making history as the Oregon Symphony’s first female bass player. After beginning her path to a professional musician at age 8 on a quarter-size bass, DeCesare went on to study with Paul Ellison at Rice University and with François Rabbath in Paris. She repr

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Joy Fabos, principal librarian of the Oregon Symphony, is the subject of the February artslandia profile. Joy is one of those people whose name pretty much sums them up. She’s a joy to have in our workplace, and she’s one of the best in the business. It’s so nice to see her get this much-deserved …

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Ken is a stalwart of the cello section. He is unique in that he is simultaneously both a cello jock and a cello nerd – and he’s a really great guy. This is not always true in the cello world! He has an almost obsessive curiosity about music and the physical process of the cello …

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This past Thursday night, the Oregon Symphony was broadcast as part of a new series of local and web-streamed broadcasts on our local public classical music station, allclassical.org. In the past we’d had a series of broadcasts on the local … C

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Tonight, Thursday the 26th, is the night that the Oregon Symphony regains the airwaves in its first local broadcast performances in several years (aside from the Carnegie Hall concert last year). Here’s the info: Kahane Plays Mozart Carlos Kalmar, conductor …

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I was just watching a special feature that AMC produces with each new episode of Mad Men, where the creator of the show, Matthew Weiner, was describing the thematic subtext of the episode. It was about displacement, going away to … Continue reading

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