Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Chris and Matt Jazz Duo playing Jazz at Chianti's Sunday 9-30-2012

Bassist Chris Allen and keyboardist Matt Harris will be jazzing it up at Chianti's Italian Restaurant on Line Avenue Sunday September 30 from 6-9 PM in the Green Room. Enjoy the evening while listening to your favorite memories, food and music for the soul. Does it get any better?

Chris Allen above and Matt Harris below jazzing this summer at the SSMF Kozak Jazz Festival

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opens 2012-2013 September 29 and 30 with R. Strauss, Dohnanyi and Lalo

Violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to the ASO with Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole this Saturday and Sunday at the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock, Arkansas. Music Director - Philip Mann

photo from ASO webpage

Tickets may be purchased at 501.666.1761

or purchased online at


Saturday 9-29 @  8:00 PM

Sunday 9-30 @ 3:00 PM

-     Program    -

R. Strauss - Don Juan

Dohnanyi - Suite in f sharp minor

Lalo - Symphonie Espangnole

Rapides Symphony Orchestra begins season 9-29-2012 with Pops on the River

The Rapides Symphony Orchestra presents Pops on the River - A Night at the Movies, the sequel. Broadway's Natalie Gallo is the guest vocalist singing songs from the movies past and present.

Music Director of the RSO is Joshua Zona

POPS UPDATE - In anticipation of inclement weather, "Pops on the River", scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. will be moved to the Alexandria Riverfront Center. (707 2nd St., Alexandria, two blocks west of the Riverfront Amphitheater.)

7:30 PM Concert time

for Tickets call 318.442.9709 

Natalie Gallo
photo from the Rapides Symphony webpage

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Longview Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Tonu Kalam celebrate their 25th season together

This coming Saturday September 29, Tonu Kalam celebrates 25 years as Music Director with the Longview Symphony Orchestra programming two choral works and the Tchaikovsky Serenade in C Major on the first concert of the 2012-2013 season

photo by Susan W. Rogers

7:30 PM Saturday September 29, 2012

Trinity Episcopal Church, Longview, TX

for  Season Tickets
call The Belcher Center

or go online to

Concert Program for 9-29-2012

Prelude b minor by J.S. Bach/L. Stokowski

Mass No. 2 in G Major by Franz Schubert

Serenade in C Major by Peter I. Tchaikovsky

With the Kilgore College Chorale and the East Texas Symphony Chorus under the direction of Jim Taylor.

Soloists are 

Alyssa Marshall, Soprano

Jon Starling, Tenor

Tim Konvalin, Baritone

Unfortunately the program does not include Horns, so I will not be playing until the LSO December Holiday Concert

See you then and enjoy the LSO Season

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Lake Charles Symphony opens its 2012-2013 season September 22 with singer Fred C. Van Ness, Jr

The Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Rattay, Music Director

soloist Fred C. VanNess, Jr.
in its opening concert of the season

Fred C. VanNess, Jr.
Fred VanNess

Photo of Mr. VanNess, Jr. and concert info. from Lake Charles Symphony website

Fred C. VanNess Jr. debuts with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra this Saturday night September 22, with the following arias.

Vltava" from Ma' vlast                                                            Smetana

Questa o quella from Rigoletto

Recondita from Tosca

Kuda Kuda from Onegin

La Fleur from Carmen

Una Furtiva Lagrima from L'elisir D'amore

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story                          Bernstein

The Rosa Hart Theatre - Lake Charles Civic Theatre - 7:30 PM

for tickets

call 337.433.1611

Friday, September 21, 2012

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra opens its season Saturday 9-22-2012

An All Beethoven Spectacular is planned by the East Texas Symphony Orchestra of Tyler in its season debut this Saturday night, September 22 at the UT Cowan Center.

With newly installed Music Director: Richard Lee

Piano Soloist, Winston Choi
photo from the ETSO web page


All Beethoven

Consecration of the House
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major


Symphony NO. 3, Eroica

UT Cowan Center

Time 7:30 PM

For tickets call 903.566.7424

The Acadiana Symphony presents the Four Corners of Europe at its opening concert of the 2012-2013 season September 22

Join the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mariusz Smolij, Saturday evening September 22, for a quick tour of Europe with works by Lutoslowski, Brahms, Sibelius and Respighi. Guest Artist is violinist Gyula Stuller

Concert time 7:30 PM

The Heyman Performing Arts Center
Layfayette, LA

For tickets, call 337.232. 4277

Sunday, September 9, 2012

ULM and Dr. James Boldin - work studies - 9-7-2012

Today is my brother's BD. Happy Birthday, Frank, and many happy returns. Celebrating by sending you a card and gift and doing work study with my colleague, James Boldin at ULM in Monroe. Sharing my drive to Monroe today with my grandson Michael who will be visiting a friend who is a freshman at ULM this year. After listening to the beginning of the Friday 12 noon regional orchestra program (SSMF's classical concert of the summer), we turned off the radio and chatted about cars - BMW's, Ferraries, Bentleys, RR's, Lamborghinies, Maseraties and, of course, Mustangs. Oh, and the Shelby Cobra.

James Boldin and his Holton F/ Bflat descant horn.

James and I read through the Brandenburg today along with more duets and other studies that have become a familiar routine with us every Friday. An enjoyable hour of playing, a learning experience and worth every mile of the 200 mile round trip drive. 

Someone in recent weeks queried me, "How do you practice intonation"? "What," I said? You see, I rather have a problem with that question, so my answer to this person (twice, I might add) was, I believe, appropriate - "You either hear it or you don't". Such a simple statement, yet so true. All the exercises in the world won't cure the problem if you can't hear that there is a problem. Or you can hear the inconsistency of pitch and/or the harmony but can't decide what to do with it. Is it sharp? Is it flat? And to whom? Is someone else sharp or flat and to whom? To you? To someone in your section? In the orchestra or ensemble? Now in that case I was speaking of professional musicians. With younger students, a different approach is certainly in order. I used a particular method many years ago when I still taught private lessons.

More later!

Michael Rogers

SJWR - leaving Monroe for home to watch tennis