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The Week in Reviews, Op. 231: Chee-Yun; Ray Chen; Augustin Hadelich

May 21, 2018, 10:39 AM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Chee-Yun performed the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

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The Well-Aging Fiddler: When More is Less

May 21, 2018, 8:08 AM · I did my self-directed and promoted first year recital. Lots of people came. The venue was wonderful. The service was friendly and quick. The pizza was delicious. Everyone was in a great mood, conversation was active, people mingled, and it was like a party. I did what I said I’d do. I played 20 songs in 20 minutes. I did a couple classical pieces, some Celtic music, Irish music, American fiddle tunes, a couple of pop songs, and even “Twinkle, Twinkle” just for the heck of it.

That’s the good part. Now here is the rest.

If I’d stopped at 8 or 9 minutes it would have been fine. If I’d stuck to the handful of songs I could really pull off, it would have been modestly impressive. If I’d left them wanting more it would have been good. But I’d reached too far. In my desire to perform virtually every song I knew I’d stretched myself, and my audience too thin. I forgot a basic truism. Leave them wanting more. I’d gone and given them the whole kitchen plus the sink, garbage disposal, and compost. Plus, a solo first-year violinist playing for 20 minutes without an accompanist is a bit much for anyone. Keep reading...

Comments (5) weekend vote: Do you play for weddings? border=0 align= weekend vote: Do you play for weddings?

May 18, 2018, 9:14 PM · I heard there is a big wedding going on this weekend - so let's talk about wedding music and wedding gigs!

As with most of life's major milestones, music plays a huge role in setting the emotional tone for a wedding, and having live musicians makes a huge difference.

Of course, not many people have quite the opulent resources available to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for this weekend's royal wedding, which reportedly will feature two choirs, an orchestra, several soloists, and even a troupe of trumpeters!

As string players and musicians, many of us have been part of weddings both big and small. I played in my first wedding as a college student and have continued to do so -- weddings in fancy churches, in backyards, on Malibu hilltops, school chapels - I can't begin to remember them all. I do enjoy creating the music for such occasions and also having that incidental chance to see how many different ways people choose to take their vows and celebrate their union.

Have you played for many weddings? What is your zaniest story? What music was the most moving? Have you ever participated in a wedding that seemed anywhere near the size of the royal one this weekend? I realize that several answers might apply in this vote, but please pick the answer that fits best for you, and then tell us about your wedding-gig and wedding-music experiences!

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