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Myths of Classical Music Debunked (Mostly)

Myths of Classical Music Debunked (Mostly)

For those of us who make our living performing classical music, loving it is a no-brainer.  Explaining it to the uninitiated is another matter completely.  It has become increasingly more difficult for the general population to take the plunge and listen to classical music.  Personally, […]

5 Things to Remember Now That Summer Is Here

5 Things to Remember Now That Summer Is Here

Summer is here (at least in Georgia where I live) and that means school is out, kids run wild, and the weather is nasty.  High temperatures mean sunburn and dehydration while you’re in the pool or at the beach.  You need to be aware of […]

5 Actors Who Deserve an Oscar But Don’t Have One

5 Actors Who Deserve an Oscar But Don’t Have One

Oscar season is upon us, and that means talking about films and actors.  This post is certainly off-topic for my site, but I am quite a movie buff so I enjoy talking (writing) about films.  Every year, a bunch of actors/actresses are nominated and ultimately […]

The 5 Most Terrifying Violin Passages in Orchestral Music

The 5 Most Terrifying Violin Passages in Orchestral Music

Next month I am performing a terrific but horrifically difficult symphony, Shostakovitch’s 10th.  This symphony has arguably the most terrifying four minutes in all of the standard repertoire.  Often, these scary passages appear on audition lists, but sometimes they take you by surprise.  You won’t […]

5 Pieces for Holiday Gigs String Players Should Know

5 Pieces for Holiday Gigs String Players Should Know

Ah, the holidays.  Christmastime is here again (cue Vince Guaraldi).  This is when many string players make a nice chunk o’ change.  In order to be successful, you need to know the standard repertoire of holiday performances, and below are the 5 you should definitely […]