A New Blog – because the internet doesn’t have enough already
Greetings and salutations, and welcome to the Blog portion of my site. Postings here will be extremely random; both in frequency and subject matter. Mostly I’ll be talking about upcoming projects, performances, etc. Occasionally I may write down my thoughts on different musical subjects.
You may be looking for something from my old blog, which means you are probably looking for a concert review that I wrote. (that was basically all that was in the old blog) Since I wrote all the concert reviews for the online music magazine Musetta Stone, I felt it made sense to just let them live there, and let this space be more about sharing news updates and the occasional random thought. So I deleted them from here. All the concert reviews I wrote can be found at www.musettastone.com.
Slow No Tempo recently posted our tenth video in the ongoing Quarantet Project. As random luck would have it, this video was posted exactly 2 months after the first video: April 4 – June 4. This prompted an introspective journey about this project thus far.
I have been asked to take on the role of music director for the Cantabile Singers of Kamloops, as the now-outgoing director Chris Linton is moving away, and have crossed over to the “other” side of the conductor’s stand.
The Kamloops Community Band‘s annual fundraiser for the Richard Dickens Music Scholarship has a special place in my heart. Dick was a longtime music teacher in Kamloops, and an even longer time friend of my family. Read the full post
It is said there are two things you want to be very certain about handing to a composer: a microphone, and a conductor’s baton. That’s obviously not true of everyone, but I generally avoid the baton. Read the full post
I heard a surprising number of people claim “I’m not smart enough for classical music” while out at a public event recently. I have some things to say about that, but if you read only this introduction to the post let me sum it up in three words: Yes, you are! Read the full post
This isn’t exactly a new complaint on my part, so it’s really no secret that I’m not a fan of performers defaulting to concert black most of the time. It came up in conversation again recently, and there was actually a specific request for me to write a post about it, so let’s dive in to my thoughts. Read the full post
It’s the end of an era: Bruce Dunn has retired as the Music Director of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. Through his 27 year tenure, the KSO has gone from being an amateur ensemble to a highly respected professional orchestra. I want to take a moment and congratulate him on a well earned retirement. Read the full post