Tag Archives: classical music

Generation Z

An underage crowd turning out for Boulez? That’s Chicago. Few new-music series in this country (or even on this planet) are visited by tour-buses filled with high school students.  Teens rarely look up from their iSomethings, and when they do … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: D.C.

I still remember the Beltway traffic that seemed hell-bent on keeping us from Gershwin.  This was a decade before California pulled me westward, and several years before New York pulled me north – the beginning of the end of my … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light

These words are being typed by a foie gras-based life form.  At this time of year in Lyon, where I just spent a week with Leonard Slatkin and his phenomenal orchestra, you simply cannot escape the delicacy.  Maybe you go … Continue reading

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Meyers, Slatkin, & the London Symphony

One of the biggest events in my musical life happened yesterday.  Having been performed around the country by many stellar orchestras, my Violin Concerto finally emerged in a format that anyone can hear anywhere: a CD.  That’s right, the amazing … Continue reading

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The Year Ahead: 2014-15 Season

I’ve been doing the musical equivalent of cave-painting this summer: writing music in blissful California isolation while my symphonic travels take their summer respite.  But that ends next week, when the 2014-15 season kicks off at the SF Symphony – … Continue reading

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Strange Creatures

I’ve got Joshua Bell surrounded — by a devil and a spaceship. Next weekend at the marvelous Sun Valley Symphony, I’ll happily be the peanut on the bill of a concert that features the reigning prince of the fiddle performing … Continue reading

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To Sink or Swim (preferably, both)

Greetings from a sponge.  Two big recent premieres — Violin Concerto and Afterlife — required constant swimming from me through a torrent of notes over the past year.  Now I’m halting forward motion, sinking to the bottom of the ocean, … Continue reading

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How to Wallpaper Your Mind

October kept me as busy as a presidential candidate, dropping me into time zones scattered across the map like Fall foliage.  There was even lunch with Teresa Heinz Kerry, our almost-First Lady.  All I needed was a fake smile, a … Continue reading

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