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Concert Prep: Albany Symphony Plays Beethoven’s Pastorale

Albany Symphony Presents: Beethoven’s Pastorale Palace Theater in Albany, NY Saturday November 22nd 7:30PM The first work on this evening’s program is Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round. Composed in honor of Astor Piazzola, Last Round attempts to embody the bandoneon (you’ll recognize it instantly – it sounds like this), the instrument most associated with Piazzola’s tangos. The instrument has … Continue reading

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Concert Prep: Northern Lights

Symphoria Presents: Northern Lights Crouse Hinds Concert Theater Saturday November 8th, 7:30PM This concert will feature the West Genesee High School Wind Ensemble at 6:30. The first item on tonight’s program, featuring music entirely composed in the far northern reaches of the world, is Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36. This is quite a … Continue reading


My Secret Joy of Pops Concerts

When orchestral musicians list the things that they typically get excited about, pops concerts usually don’t make the cut. The rehearsal time gets cut down, which means that there’s less polishing of the music. The musicians focus less, since the music is generally easy and not terribly engaging, and substitute musicians frequently play on pops concerts, … Continue reading

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Concert Prep: Hartwick Faculty Showcase

Hartwick College Faculty Showcase Hartwick College, Anderson Theater Friday September 12th, 7:30pM This faculty showcase will feature a variety of pieces presented by the Hartwick College music faculty, including Mozart’s Piano Trio K.498 for Piano, Clarinet, and Viola. It will be played by myself, Kim Paterson on piano, and Robin Seletsky on clarinet. This feature focuses … Continue reading