There’s Rude, and There’s RUDE!

First, a disclaimer.  I was not present at the concert mentioned in this article, so I cannot possibly know how disruptive this young woman's coughing may have been.  But I have been an audience member at more plays, concerts, recitals, and other public performances than I can count.  I have certainly endured the fidgeting and … Continue reading There’s Rude, and There’s RUDE!

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My Friend Writes Beautiful Music!

Yesterday, my friend Chris Cresswell had the premiere of his Nocturne No. 1 for Orchestra.  This is a work originally written as a piano solo and performed by Rhimmon Simchy-Gross at the Rising Stars concert at last year's Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival.  The original work was beautiful, and between Chris' compositional skills and Rhimmon's talent as … Continue reading My Friend Writes Beautiful Music!

Get Up And Dance!

Often, when I give you a post about a performance, I'll include a photo for you.  Especially during Cazenovia Counterpoint.  But not today.  I was far too busy up on stage with my fellow musicians! Samba Laranja is the Brazilian Ensemble at Syracuse University, and during the school year we have anywhere from 35 to … Continue reading Get Up And Dance!

THAT’S How to Perform Electronic Music!

First and foremost, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Chris Cresswell for a great concert.  This was Chris' degree recital, and he put together an outstanding program.  The music was wonderful, the performers did a great job, and the program flowed very well. I could rave about each piece on the concert, but I want … Continue reading THAT’S How to Perform Electronic Music!

Classical Music on Prime Time TV

Hooray!  Classical Music on Prime Time Network Television!  And it's not a documentary! My hat's off to Dancing with the Stars for putting together "Classical Week" for this week's theme.  (Although they copped out on the second night - but more on that later.)  For far too many people, the thought of "classical music" (insert … Continue reading Classical Music on Prime Time TV

Hi-Ho, The Travelling Life

So, my last week has included the following: Staffing the Society for New Music booth at the Solvay High School Career Fair, (thanks for the company, Paola); A performance by Samba Laranja at Cayuga Community College; Traveling from Central New York to Pennsylvania (just south of Philadelphia) to hear a talented young cellist, Kaylee Black, … Continue reading Hi-Ho, The Travelling Life

Many Thanks for a Great Premiere!

The West Genesee Middle School 8th Grade Band had their concert last night (combined with the WG High School Symphonic Band).  Wow Oh Wow!  The students did a fantastic job with the premiere! This has been a challenge for them.  In order for them to get a clear idea of the composition process, they had … Continue reading Many Thanks for a Great Premiere!