I have collected my journal entries from the last year, extracting music-related, poetic, and philosophical writings, and leaving behind shopping lists, concert planning, public relations, etc. Mostly single sentences, in chronological order, about music and life. Some of them I continue to mull over. Some of them, even I don't know what I was thinking. I am posting these because some of the ideas may be useful and/or entertaining to you, and I find it helpful to have them collected in one place. Here and there I see the germs of new projects. For instance, the magic watering can image/idea led to the commissioning of new works by local composers. They are posted in three pdfs:
I have recently had the great privilege of performing three programs back to back in North Carolina with Bonnie Thron. Here is a review of the third program by pianist and writer Chelsea S. Waddelow. I am looking forward to repeating this program in Takoma Park on November 25.
I am especially thrilled to be performing the great Chopin g minor Sonata with her, a piece that has long been on my "bucket list". Learning, rehearsing, and performing this piece has given me a whole new toolbox for revisiting Chopin's immense body of solo piano music. Thank you, Bonnie!
Marilyn shot this video clip from the Trout at Milo, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. Full house (60 guests), Richard White set a fine table, and we all consumed every bit of food and drink. The music room and living room were completely full, and there was even a crowd on the balcony.
Here is a link to the email invitation we sent to the October 21 concert at Church of the Ascension:
Q: Will there still be house concerts?
A: Yes, upcoming in December, February, & April
Q: Why is WMV starting this new series?
A: To program music for larger ensembles and to reach a larger audience.
Q: Can we buy tickets at the door?
A: Yes, cash or check only.
Q: Is there parking?
A: Yes, there is street parking and in the Elementary School lot on Silver Spring Ave.
Artist Mei Mei Chang took some photos at the house concert:
Last night's house concert was pretty amazing. The Brahms Quartet was everything one could wish for, better than in any of the rehearsals. It felt very good to musicians and listeners alike. Matt Testa and Bobby Hill were in the audience. I posted the recording at: http://www.dcmusicaviva.org/recordings/
Mei Mei Chang took photos, which I will post later, and Marilyn got a good video clip that she put on Facebook and Instagram. Maybe I can post it here too.
Here is the interview, recorded from my computer while I was in the studio.
Matt Testa has started an experimental music program on Takoma Park's new micro radio station, WOWD 94.3 FM. It airs Wednesday nights at 6 pm. He will interview me about WMV on Wednesday September 14 around 6:30 pm. I will bring some of our best, way out there stuff. Here is a clip from a piece by James Brody, based on the DNA sequence of a dopamine receptor (commissioned by WMV in 2002).