Saturday, March 30, 2013

Busy Doesn't Even Begin to Describe It

In the life of a musician, this is a really good thing though.  I finished up a week long hiatus from teaching lessons due to spring break with the Dallas Art District’s block party.  They always have some great events, live music, food trucks, and all of the museums were open until midnight.

Since Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra auditions were the following week, I taught a whole lot of lessons in a very short time period (twenty in twenty-four hours, no joke) before my husband and I went to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, and Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite with the Monroe Symphony.  I’m a happy clarinetist because it was an awesome concert and we had a good time while we were there.  We found plenty of good places to eat of course.

After we returned home, I was excited to find out that an article I wrote is being published!  This will be my first publication and it will appear in Pan PIpes.  My husband also got his horn that he has been on a waiting list to buy for five and a half years!  And I thought that purchasing clarinets was a hard enough task…

Thursday, March 14, 2013

We have an epic program planned for next week at the Monroe Symphony: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, and Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite.  There are some good clarinet parts in here and it makes me smile just thinking about how much fun this will be!  If you’re in the area please come out.

I’m enjoying a very rare week off.  My clarinet students are on spring break and I don’t have a gig this week; I can’t remember this last time this happened!  It’s given me time to catch up on my reading and running since the Big D Half Marathon is next month.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Texas Clarinet Colloquium 2013

This year’s Texas Clarinet Colloquium was wonderful and it left me inspired and full of new ideas.  The Friday afternoon session started with Jose Franch-Ballester’s master class. 

He had been extremely ill and had to cancel some performances prior to this so I was glad that he still was able to teach and perform at the conference.  He focused a lot on support and air production and he had some of the participants lay down and play with their legs up to build up their abdominal muscles.  Needless to say, it was an entertaining and exciting master class.

He also played a fantastic recital the next day.  His performance was full of personality and gusto!  The program included Bassi’s Rigoletto Fantasy and Poulenc’s Sonata. He also played along with a silent Charlie Chaplin movie as his encore, which I thought was a really great idea!

Mark Nuccio also coached a master class and played an outstanding recital which included Kovac’s After You, Mr. Gershwin, Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes, and Copland’s Concerto.  I bought the part to the Kovac piece a few years ago and never performed it, I think that I need to find an occasion to do so as soon as possible!  Dr. Mary Alice Druhan also performed a great piece for clarinet, percussion, and tape called Plastmusikk by Fredrik Högberg.  Dr. Jody Webb performed an unaccompanied piece, Sirène by Edward Yadzinski.

And of course, no conference is complete until you get to go play with all of the clarinet toys!  Heather’s blue and clear clarinets made a guest appearance. 

There were of course lots of other workshops and recitals going on.  I dropped in on a improvisation class, a class dealing with performance psychology, and a repair class.  We’re really lucky to have this fun and free conference so close to home!