Category: The Five Things

myths debunked

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, I think it’s because of one or more of the…

summer beach fun

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 the ways hot weather and sun can hurt you.  You…

The Oscars

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 win Oscars.  There are several who, for whatever reason have…

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 know them until you come across them in your music. …

Sleigh Ride

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 know and know well.  I’ll also include some “honorable mentions”…