Some disturbing news out of Nashville concerning their default on the bonds used to finance the construction of their widely praised home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center: Nashville Symphony’s Remaining Options (Nashville Business Journal – 6/7/2013) Musicians Say They’re Not to Blame for Financial Troubles (Nashville Business Journal – 6/7/2013) Schermerhorn Symphony ...
My buddy Justin Kagan (aka Badbeard) is one of the top roasters of micro-batch coffee in the Northwest (and a kick-ass cellist, and all-around awesome dude), and he has come out with three excellent coffees that will send $4 of the purchase price of each pound of coffee to the Oregon Chapter of the Scleroderma [...]
From Ron Spiegelman at Sticks and Drones: One of our catch cries is “ticket sales only account for a 33% of our income”, we use that day in day out but what I learned at the conference is almost everyone else in the fundraising world has to raise 100% of their income. They only wish [...]
We’re doing Stravinksy’s great ballet Petrushka this week, and there are some definite goosebump-worthy moments taking place in the first rehearsals: Jess Sindell’s scintillating solos Jeffrey Work’s balletic solo (and terrifying tritone duet with Dave Bamonte) Ja’Ttik Clark’s incredible evocation of a roaring bear So, you won’t want to miss this one!
We’re returning to the McTavish Room of the Liberty Theatre in downtown Astoria, Oregon for a matinee performance on Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available via Tickets West, or at the door. Admission is $27.00. Concerts have sold out in the past, so early purchase is recommended. Program: Béla Bartók – String [...]
The Oregon Symphony was nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical category for its first CD release with music director Carlos Kalmar. The album, Music for a Time of War, was the complete program of its critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut concert in 2011. Still don’t have a copy? You can get [...]
The Oregon Symphony’s first artist-in-residence, cellist Alban Gerhardt, arrived in Portland this week and is already making himself visible around the city. Yesterday afternoon, he worked with members of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in a three-hour masterclass. Today (Oct. 26 – 4:00-5:00 pm) he’ll take the Bach cello suites to Pioneer Place Mall for a [...]
I got taken to task Thursday night by Robert Levine (my bratsche blogging brother) for my recent post (concerning the contentious negotiations and work stoppages in recent weeks) over at the Polyphonic.org blog. It’s good reading, and Robert has good points, and I make a weak rebuttal attempt in the comments. Enjoy!
The moniker for the season opening special concert this year is “Opening with a Bang”, and it’s very appropriate! If you love all of the spectacular (both loud AND soft) things that a full symphony orchestra can do, then this concert is tailor-made for you. I know that Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Fountains of [...]
It’s rare to see a truly bad review in the major papers of record around the world, but this is one of the most scathing review I’ve seen of an individual performance in recent memory. It is a review of a recital given at Le Poisson Rouge in New York (one of the most famous [...]