I had the honor of playing for the United States’ military and Allied troops in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait after Operation Desert Storm, in July and August, 1991. True story. Spent five weeks stationed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and ten days in Doha, Kuwait. I was in college, at Appalachian State University in Boone, North … Continue reading The DoD and Me
The San Diego Symphony, conducted by Music Director Rafael Payare, performed Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, with soloist Stefan Jackiw, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 in G minor to a packed house at Copley Symphony Hall. The ensemble was so moving that the final applause didn't waiver until every instrumental section was acknowledged separately. … Continue reading San Diego Symphony 2/21/20: Breathtaking
Jazz is a conversation. And the Gilbert Castellanos Quartet offers among the most playful and earnest discussions you’ll overhear in San Diego. Sunday, February 16th, “GC” and his group performed at a packed 950 Lounge, at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley, from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Quartet members were Castellanos on trumpet, and Joshua White, … Continue reading You Gotta Hear this Quartet
January 24, 2020 Tonight the San Diego Symphony, led by Principal Guest Conductor Edo de Waart, performed to a mostly full house at Copley Symphony Hall. The Symphony performed Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 in G Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major. Symphony No. 6 received multiple ovations and … Continue reading San Diego Symphony 1/24/20: Just the Facts
Für Elise ruined Middle School for me. I was reminded of that fact when Emanuel "Manny" Ax performed the piece as an encore to Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall on January 11, 2020. ** I purchased my only watch in 1983. A Casio, with a Velcro … Continue reading Beethoven Makes Life Worse
This is my inaugural post with personal reactions to the San Diego Symphony. This one will be more psychology than musicology. If you want a real musicologist, click here. You can learn "Just the Facts" of the concert here. ** The Symphony performed Leonore Overture No. 3, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, and … Continue reading San Diego Symphony 1/11/20: Manny! Manny! Manny!
My sister played the clarinet. Poorly and, thank goodness, infrequently. Thus my unfortunate association to that instrument until I heard Richard Stoltzman’s "new" release Brasil while in college (1991). I was a double bassist and bought the album to hear Stoltzman’s bassist, Eddie Gomez. ** I was obsessed with Gomez’ playing since hearing him on … Continue reading San Diego Symphony: Eddie Gomez Doesn’t Play the Clarinet
January 11, 2020 Tonight the San Diego Symphony, led by Principal Guest Conductor Edo de Waart, performed to a full house at Copley Symphony Hall. The concert was part of the Symphony’s “Beethoven at 250” celebration to honor the life and music of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Beethoven was born in December, 1770, in Vienna, Austria … Continue reading San Diego Symphony 1/11/20: Just the Facts
If the San Diego Symphony wants another blog beyond their own, surely the organization has the resources to hire erudite, genteel sophisticates who sip Screaming Eagle Cabernet (1992, of course) while using adjectives like floccinaucinihilipilificatively to describe the 84th violin part of Mahler's 8th Symphony. And no doubt scores of real music critics will take … Continue reading Why on Earth Would You Read MY Blog about the San Diego Symphony?