Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Alright we're trying something new on 60 beans today! Here's a guest interview of a good friend of mine, Katie McCarthy, who is one of the coolest and cutest horn players you'll ever meet. Katie lives with her husband Benjamin in Chicago, where they have lately been taking further steps into the world of coffee aficionados (cofficionados?). Read about her history with coffee after the jump!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
This blog has been sadly ignored for awhile. There is an effort afoot to change that! Here's a start -- some photos from around Banff, where I'm finishing up the second of 5 weeks as a member of the musicians in residence program. That means I'm holed up in a little studio hut most of each day working on Bach. This is my first time in Canada; it's so beautiful here! That elk in the first photo just sort of wanders around the campus, by the way. And that castle-type building in the bottom two photos houses the Banff upper hot springs, just a short walk away!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
I have a new job! I'm teaching at MusicWorks, an El Sistema-based program run through CKYO. I started taking some photos of the kids involved this past week; see more and read more after the break if interested.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Here are some photos that I took while Will and I drove up to stay in Virginia for a few days after Brevard, via the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's so beautiful! It took twice as long than if we had traveled by interstate, but it was well worth it. Or at least, I felt that way during the first four hours :) Back home in Kentucky now.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I haven't shared much about Brevard yet, and now we're 6 weeks in with 2 weeks left to go! The schedule here is more draining than I anticipated - it's not like we walk around exhausted all the time, but there's a lot of music to learn, rehearsals to attend, and concerts to perform or watch. Some of the highlights for me have been seeing performances of the Liebermann flute sonata (it was SO good), Schumann piano quintet, a new piece called "3 Riffs" for 3 cellos and timpani, the Shanghai Quartet (whoa), a couple members of ICE giving a recital where I really liked some pieces, and really disliked others, but they were awesome performers either way, and seeing Garrick Ohlsson play Brahms and then do this transcendental performance of Clair de Lune as an encore that actually left many people silently wiping away tears.
For my own performances, the most exciting part of the summer so far was playing Souvenir de Florence on Bill Preucil's recital. We did a side by side of 3 faculty and 3 students. I think it's the most professional-like demand I've ever experienced, as I'd never played it before, and we had 3 rehearsals and a dress to put it together (not to mention that half the people involved were very professional.) I met a couple times one-on-one with the other cellist though, which helped a lot to prepare for the first full rehearsal. The performance ended up being super fun and kind of surreal! I also played a program that included Stravinsky Symphony in C, Strauss oboe concerto, and Haydn 60 with Matthias Bamert leading, who is one of the best conductors I've ever played under. (That's a picture of the cello section with him afterwards, a couple pictures up.) We opened up the season playing with Itzhak Perlman, which was a lot of fun, and last weekend played Brahms 2 and and Prokofiev 2nd piano concerto under another conductor that I really enjoyed. He was a great musician and effective leader, and he cracked me up because for some reason he would exaggerate certain words or syllables. He is originally from Peru - I don't know if that had anything to do with it - and would say things like "take the fiRRRRSSSSTTT ending," or make a comment about the "TEMpo." It was the most intense annunciation I've ever heard! Awesome. Tomorrow is Beethoven 1 and Dumbarton Oaks, and my mom is coming to visit! Hooray :)
ps: All photos of the sextet by Stephen Houseworth photography.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Two important dates passed recently! May turned one year old, and Carolyn and Brandon celebrated their first wedding anniversary! It's kind of hard to believe - time passes so quickly, bringing many changes and reasons to be happy along the way. May has developed a favorite facial expression over the course of a year :)
Monday, June 30, 2014