Category: Performance

CD classics

The Classics – Gateways to Even Better Music

One of the criticisms I hear a lot regarding classical music is, there is only so much Mozart, Beethoven, or Tchaikovsky out there.  While that is true, most novice classical music lovers are usually unaware of the awesome depth of fine music from any one composer.  Mozart has 41 symphonies to choose from.  Brahms wrote…

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…

Igor Stravinsky

Final Four – Tournament of Classical Music

Well, here we are.  I’ve been out of town performing and that’s made me a little negligent when it comes to writing for my blog.  I’m going to fix that with a bunch of posts this week before I go out of town again.  Today, we’re going to get our tournament down to the final…

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. …