Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Students and Parents,
We took it on the chin pretty badly here at the house durning Hurricane Irma. Things however, are slowly beginning to get back to normal. October means the return of orchestra season! The BSO has their season opener on Saturday, October 7th. The concert is at the King Center in Melbourne at 8PM, and is under the direction of Christopher Confessore. Lisa Ferrigno, our concertmaster will be the featured soloist. The program includes many favorites of the orchestral repertoire. Here is the program in full:
Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld Hanson: Love Duet from Merry Mount Beethoven: Romanze for Violin and Orchestra, Lisa Ferrigno, violin Gardel/Williams: Tango por una Cabeza, Lisa Ferrigno, violin Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Scenes 6-9 Ravel: Bolero
Also, later in October I will be subbing in the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. The company is mounting a production of the stunningly beautiful “Jewels” of George Balanchine. The ballet is in three parts. “Emeralds” in set to “Pelleas and Mellisande Suite” by Gabriel Faure. The jazzy “Rubies” is set to “Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra” by Igor Stravinsky. Finally, “Diamonds” is set to parts of Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Symphony known as the “Polish”. You can find an excellent version of this on YouTube with the Marinsky Theater. The performances in Miami are Friday, October 2oth 8PM, Saturday, October 21st 8PM and Sunday, October 22nd at 2 and 8 PM. All performances are at the Arsht Center. The performances in Ft. Lauderdale are October 28th 8PM, and Sunday, October 29th at 2PM. All performances are at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. There are also performances in November at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
Students and Parents: Please be sure to check your printed schedules carefully, as some of my orchestral commitments will impact our regular lesson schedule. Also, if your are interested in attending the BSO Concert, please let me know, as I can usually arrange for tickets. I strongly encourage students to attend!
This and That: (a general accounting of what I am up to besides teaching and playing). The music studio at the house is being repaired and should be good as new in no time. We are still working through a few web site bugs. Since events are not showing up on the calendar, I am giving you as complete an update as I can in the newsletter. It makes this letter longer than I would like, and for that I apologize.
I have been reading a lot of Stoic Philosophy these days. Mostly “Meditaions” by Marcus Aurelius and from contemporary Stoic thought, “How to be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life”” by Massimo Pigliucci. Excellent ancient AND modern wisdom and not nearly as dreadful as it sounds (LOL)!!! On a lighter note, my NATS are in the post season. Can’t wait for playoff baseball! Thank you to all who sent good wishes before, during and after IRMA.
“WORK HARD, BE NICE”