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A Day in the Life of a Freelance String Quartet

July 20, 2017, 10:34 AM · Many people seem interested in the unvarnished, day-to-day lives of Classical musicians lately (note that Mozart in the Jungle was just recently approved for a fourth season), and that's what inspired me to write the music for an album that depicts A Day in the Life of a Freelance String Quartet.

Beginning before any of our quartet members has awakened, there is the Series of Nightmares After a (the previous) Day of Gigs including traditional gig fare such as Pachelbel's Canon (which in the minor key sounds like the opening of Mahler #1), Handel's Hornpipe from the Water Music, Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, and Massenet's Meditation from Thais, as well as remnants from the previous day's bar mitzvah and subsequent party, all of which conspire at the end to crash a cocktail party. Keep reading...

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Three Finalists Named in the 2017 Cooper Competition

July 19, 2017, 11:37 PM · Three finalists were announced Wednesday, as well as 4th, 5th and 6th place laureates, in the 2017 Cooper Competition, sponsored by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra. They are:

  • Qing Yu Chen, 17, of the U.S.
  • Johan Dalene, 16, of Sweden
  • Christina Jihee Nam, 14, of the U.S.

Each of the three finalists will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cleveland's Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra, with Jahja Ling conducting. The concert will be broadcast live on Cleveland's WCLV 104.9 FM and streamed live on the Internet. Keep reading...

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The Well Aging Fiddler – First Lesson

July 19, 2017, 5:30 AM · I took a seat on the city bus with my new violin in its case. I’m 68 years old and I’m on my way to my first violin lesson. I’m excited. I’ve been down a lot of roads in my life, and this is a first. That’s important. At my age, anytime something comes up that is a first – it’s a big deal.

A young guy was sitting next to me. He looked up from his cellphone and saw my violin case.

“What orchestra are you with?”

“Um…. excuse me?”

“That’s a violin, right?”


“So what orchestra do you play in? Oregon Symphony?”

“Well, actually I’m on my way to my first lesson.” Keep reading...

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