Category Random Musical Encounters

Bailey on Bassoon at the Cultural Center

  Vivaldi wrote 39 concertos for bassoon, a veritable treasure trove for aficionados of the instrument, according to Sandra Bailey, accomplished soloist.  One of them, the Concerto in A Minor for Bassoon, was the second of three selections Bailey played yesterday in one of Chicago’s most magnificent venues – the Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley hall.  […]

Christmas in July

While making great progress on my Suzuki lessons and my current Book Four Vivaldi Concerto movement, I do practice other things most days.  For a while now, my primary side-pursuit has been Ashokan Farewell, the Jay Ungar composed tune that found ubiquity with its inclusion in the Ken Burns documentary The Civil War.  I continue […]

Las Mañanitas

In school, I studied Spanish from the third grade through college.  My high school Spanish teacher is the person I credit with being my best teacher ever – I had four years of Spanish with him, and proctored for him as well.  He helmed the National Spanish Honors Society, of which I was a member, […]

Summer Cold

I’ve been struggling with an early summer cold and haven’t practiced much the past week (nor have I been out running in this luscious warm weather).  I canceled my lesson Tuesday, and have generally been feeling too tired to play.  The musical malaise comes at a sad time, when I’m just getting going on the […]

A Daniil Trifonov Matinee

Daniil Trifonov is a world-class concert pianist, born in Russia in 1991.  As a child, he was educated in Moscow at the Gnessin School of Music under Tatiana Zelikman, and he has continued studies in performance and composition in the US with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of music.  He has been captivating audiences […]

A Conductor at 100

Ed Simons has conducted the Rockland Symphony since he founded it – in 1952.  He turned 100 on February 1 and is considered the oldest living conductor.  His career in music began as a young child when his father exposed him to classical greats.  He took up the violin at age 9, and has been […]

Times Gone By – New Year’s 500

  Happy New Year!  WordPress informs me that this is my 500th post on Musical Me – a milestone, which, when coupled with the New Year, has me thinking big.  As I reminisce about 2016, I can’t help but conclude that it was indeed a pretty big year for me personally.  I completed my first […]