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Andrew Sords

Change is good...yet, revisiting the new...

May 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM

 It has been a very long time since I last blogged – this little thing called violin and career have gotten in the way. As the season winds down to a close, I wanted to check in and write about future plans and the most recent concert year.

And what a year it has been! Since the New Year, I have been in Jacksonville, New York City, Toronto, Austin, Anguilla, central Ohio, Carson City, St. Augustine, Atlanta, western Virginia, Kansas City, and everywhere in between. Next month, I’m in Arkansas and Texas, and will play chamber music in Minnesota at the end of the summer. Many frequent flier miles later, I will be able to sleep in, read celebrity autobiographies, and PLAN NEW REPERTOIRE. Yes, you heard me. During the 2012/13 season, I am committing myself to new repertoire by Prokofiev, Barber, Schumann, Suk, Shostakovich, Korngold, and others. After several seasons of the “standards”, “classics”, “warhorses”, and other such adjectives thrown about by venues, I am expanding my repertoire and growth on this instrument. Anyone disappointed? Probably not. :)

Next season, I will be making several international debuts, as well as revisiting orchestras with whom I’ve already played. Next year will mark the 100th orchestra I have performed with…and I feel very blessed that I have maintained relationships with nearly all of them. The 2011/12 schedule will be posted sometime this summer…but I can reveal that the Brahms violin concerto and Schumann sonata cycle are dominating the season.

This summer, I will be taking much needed vacations – one to Canada and another to New England. Some bonding with nature and R&R shall do the body (and violin) good! Perhaps I be back out on the tennis courts and swimming pool – but not if we have another 12 days of consecutive rain here in Cleveland. You’d think I live in Seattle. Anyway, I digress…

Hope all of you have having a terrific spring, and I look forward to seeing you at concerts next season! Stay tuned for concert dates, repertoire, and more frequently updated blogs! Til then…


From Jesse Branovacki
Posted on May 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Mr. Swords, It was wonderful having you with Parma Symphony this past year... we all very much look forward to your new repertoire...

-Jesse


From Andrew Sords
Posted on May 22, 2011 at 2:57 AM

 Thank you, Jesse - I'm performing Brahms concerto with you guys next spring!  We'll have fun.

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