Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bridal Fair at Casa Rondena Winery

This Sunday, September 23rd, I'll be playing at Casa Rondena Winery as part of their Bridal Fair. This will be the official introduction of the Sandia Strings, so we'll have a quartet there but also a harp. It's an open house, so please stop by and say hello if you have a chance. We'll be there from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

It's official! Sandia Strings is launched.

I've just launched an organization dedicated to providing top-notch music for weddings and other special events. The Sandia Strings includes harp, string duos, trios and quartets. The players are some of the best musicians in Albuquerque and I'm excited to have this new venture off the ground. Check out the site and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

First APO Rehearsal of the Season

On Monday evening, we started this year's APO season with our first rehearsal. For the first concert series, we have Doug Dunston as a guest conductor, from Socorro, New Mexico. Already, he seems very good - I think we'll have a great concert. He communicates with the orchestra very well and has good ideas about what to do with the music.

On the program is the Candide Overture by Bernstein, the Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings by Mendelssohn, and the Symphony No. 2 by Brahms. I've played the Candide Overture before (who hasn't!) and it's always fun. I've not played the Brahms #2 before, although I've heard it many times, and played his first and fourth symphonies. This is a great piece and I'm looking forward to working on it and performing it. I've never even heard the Mendelssohn before... so I'm sure it will be a joy to discover.

The concerts for this cycle will be on October 27th and 28th (my birthday). Please come and enjoy this music with us - the concerts are free and open to the public!