Sunday, November 24, 2013

Working with a new mouthpiece this week-end before Thanksgiving

So far, so good, with the new mouthpiece I ordered recently from Wichita Band Instrument Company. Found out about it on FB last week and then was worried it wouldn't arrive before I need it.

More later! Have to practice and then catch the Cowboys (dem boys) on TV.

 cold, Sunday afternoon

Friday, November 22, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra - two upcoming concerts Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the ballet Nutcracker

From the San Antonio Symphony website


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November 22, 2013  to November 23, 2013


November 22 & 23, 2013 | Majestic Theatre / 8:00 pm

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor | Philippe Quint, violin

American violinist Philippe Quint gives sparkle and polish to each note of Mendelssohn’s immortally vibrant Violin Concerto on a program that also features a luscious arrangement for orchestra of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor that abounds with memorable melodies. Bach’s Ricercare from Musical Offering, with its dialogue of overlapping voices, creates a brilliant and complex musical structure, and brings the inventive genius of Bach to the forefront.

Bach, arr. Webern Ricercare from Musical Offering
  Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Brahms, arr. Schoenberg Piano Quartet in G minor

For additional information, call the Symphony Box Office at (210) 554-1010. For groups of 10 or more, call (210) 554-1066.

This program is generously sponsored by San Antonio Symphony League.

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The Nutcracker

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November 29, 2013  to December 1, 2013
December 6, 2013  to December 8, 2013  

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November 29, 7 p.m. | November 30, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. | December 1, 2 p.m.
December 6, 7 p.m. | December 7, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. | December 8, 2 p.m.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Monroe, I hear you calling

Traveling to Monroe, LA Friday Nov 15 to do some playing with ULM Horn Prof. James Boldin. Funny guy, great player and new dad. Looking forward to working with my friends and colleagues in the ULM/NELA Horn Choir again next year in 2014.

the Mississippi Symphony (Jackson) offers Verdi's superb Requiem this Saturday November 15, 2013

From the MSO website

Selby and Richard McRae Foundation Bravo Series - Bravo II: Verdi’s Requiem


Othalie Graham, soprano

Janara Kellerman, mezzo-soprano

John Pickle, tenor

Mark Walters, baritone

7:30 PM, Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thalia Mara Hall

Verdi's incomparable Requiem, full of towering melodies, embraces the power of the requiem mass text with drama and driving rhythm.  Four international singers and the combined choirs of the University of Mississippi and the Millsaps Singers join an augmented MSO for a stage full of musicians on this incredible evening.

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Baton rouge Symphony Orchesra Masterworks II November 14, 2013

From the BRSO website

Investar Bank Masterworks Series


BRSO Music Director, Michael Moffitt

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:30pm River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts Masterworks II

Soloist, Cellist Dennis Parker

TCHAIKOVSKY - Suite from Sleeping Beauty

SHOSTAKOVICH - Cello Concerto No. 1
STRAVINSKY - Divertimento from 'Fairy's Kiss'
TCHAIKOVSKY - Suite from Swan Lake

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra November 8, 9 and 10, 2013

San Antonio Symphony

From the San Antonio webpage

Classics 3

Nov 8 8:00 pm & Nov 9 7:00 pm, 2013
Majestic Theater

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Cecile Licad, piano

Rachmaninoff                          Piano Concerto No. 2 Bruckner                                      Symphony No. 6

Veterans Day: Salute to Service Free concert

This is a FREE concert but tickets are required, limit of 2 tickets per person. All phone orders and online orders will be accessed a $3.00 processing fee per order and your tickets will be held for you at the Majestic Theatre entrance at will call.

Nov 10, 2013

November 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. | Majestic Theatre

Akiko Fujimoto, conductor, San Antonio Symphony

Captain Rafael Toro-Quiñones, conductor, United States Air Force Band of the West
Randy Beamer, narrator

Join the San Antonio Symphony and the United States Air Force Band of the West as we celebrate our 9th Annual Veterans Day Concert: Salute to Service.  This [...]

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Box Office Information

The San Antonio Symphony Box Office is located at 130 East Travis St., Suite #550 (Fifth Floor of the IBC Bank Building)
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Box Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 210-554-1010 | Fax: 210-554-1034

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San Antonio, Texas 78205
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SA Auditions

Orchestra job opportunities are posted here.

Please email with your one page resume to apply for the positions below.
Please note – after your resume is received, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you do not receive this email within 5 business days, we have NOT received your resume.

Section Viola
Audition Dates: January 6/7, 2014
Resume Deadline: December 1, 2013
Repertoire – 2014 Viola Repertoire

Section Bass
Audition Dates: January 13/14, 2014
Resume Deadline: December 8, 2013
Repertoire – 2014 Section Bass Repertoire

 4th/Utility Horn
Audition Dates: February 3/4, 2014
Resume Deadline: December 15, 2013
Repertoire – 2014 4th Utility Horn Repertoire

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra celebrates Disney - Saturday November 9, 2013

From the Acadiana Symphony Webpage

Bo and Jerry Ramsay present Disney's FANTASIA sponsored by IBERIABank

Masterwork Concert No.3
9-Nov-2013 at 4 pm

Music Director Muriusz Smolij

Heymann Performing Arts Center

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Fantasia 2000--Groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation! Disney movie projected on a large screen with the original soundtrack performed by your Acadiana Symphony Orchestra including selections by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Debussy, and Respighi.

Pre-Concert VIP Party for Children--musical games, dancing, face painting, and cookies & milk with a real princess and other special guests! Come dressed as your favorite princess, prince or friendly character.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Bo & Jerry Ramsay

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven & Bluejeans Saturday November 9 and 10, 2013

Beethoven & Blue Jeans
From the ASO website

Location: Robinson Center Music Hall (directions)
Price Range: $14 - $53 

November 9, 2013                                                      
Saturday at 8:00 PM                                               

Johann Strauss’s Overture to Die Fledermaus
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4
Friedrich Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra                                                                   
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November 10, 2013
Sunday at 3:00 PM

Waco Symphony in concert Saturday evening November 9, 2013

FROM the Waco Symphony webpage

John Sharp

 John Sharp,Principal cellist Chicago Symphony in concert

Sat. November 9, 2013
7:30 p.m.

with Music Director/Conductor Stephen Heyde

 All concerts will be held in Waco Hall on the Baylor University campus.

Waco native John Sharp—principal cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1986—returns home for a special performance

Four Dances from Estancia ELGAR
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

With a tribute to the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

254-754-0851  —  Fax: 254-752-8611 Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1201, Waco, TX 76703
600 Austin Ave., Suite 10, Waco, TX
in the St. Charles Place, corner of Sixth St.
and Austin Ave., facing Sixth St.
Office Hours:
M-Th 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:30 • F 9:00-1:00

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Classics in Film Saturday November 2, 2013 7:30 pm UT Tyler Cowan Center

November 2 , 2013 , 7:30 p.m.
UT Tyler Cowan Center 

FROM the ETSO Website 
 East Texas Classics in Film
Order your subscription online or call 903-566-7424.

 conductor Richard Lee   soprano Suzie LeBlanc
Host Chris Abraham


R Strauss:  Also Sprach Zarathustra
2001: A Space Odyssey
Strauss:  Blue Danube Waltz
2001: A Space Odyssey
Vivaldi:  Nulla in mundo pax sincera
Handel:  Ombra mai fu
Dangerous Liasons
Rossini:  Una voce poco fa
Citizen Kane
Bartok:  Music for strings, celeste,
              percussion, mvt 3
The Shining
J Williams:  Throne Room/End Credits
Star Wars
Mascagni:  Intermezzo Cavalleria Rusticana
Raging Bull
Mozart:  Symphony no. 25 in g, mvt 1
Morricone:  Gabriel’s oboe  
Arr. Hal Leon        The Mission
Gershwin:    Summertime
Porgy & Bess
Arlen:   Somewhere over the Rainbow
The Wizard of Oz
Barber:  Adagio for Strings
Rossini:  Barber of Seville Overture
Looney Tunes

*Chris Abraham replaces the previously announced Stewart Smith.
Programming subject to change