Dear family, friends and colleagues,
Happy September! Orchestra season is just around the corner. I would like to share with you a few BRIEF highlights of the upcoming season for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. I encourage you to visit their websites (and subscribe to their newsletters as well). Starting in October, each newsletter will have complete concert information as well as some suggested listening. But for now, here is an overview.
BSO opens their season on October 7th with a concert of classical favorites. In November, music of Charle Chaplin’s “City Lights” WITH the film! ACO opens in January with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. I am so honored to have been asked to be perform the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with the ACO along with harpist Kay Kemper. That will be in March. In addition to these two orchestras, I will be playing the Miami City Ballet’s season opener, George Balanchine’s stunningly beautiful “Jewels” in October and November. Stay tuned for more detailed info as dates approach.
Students and Parents: I strongly encourage all students (and their parents) to attend symphony concerts. A love of the arts truly makes life richer and more rewarding. An important part of being a music teacher is to help students develop that. I can usually get free tickets, with just a nominal box office fee. These are limited, however, so please let me know ASAP if there is a concert you would like to attend.
This and That: (a general accounting of what I am up to besides playing and teaching). Right now, I am reading “Speaking of Duke, Leading the 21st Century University” by Richard Brodhead. Where better to find words to inspire students than this collection of his convocation and commencement addresses? Dr. Brodhead is a strong advocate for a broad liberal arts education, and served on the National Humanities council. Durning his tenure, the arts took on a much more significant role at Duke.
On a lighter note, it looks like I will be treated to some post season baseball! Baring any unforeseen collapse, my Washington Nationals will win the NL East. I am often asked how it is that I am a Nats fan. I am not from DC. Well, for years the Nats had their spring training facility right here in the Melbourne area. Scott always had season tickets and we would go to almost every game! PLUS, after graduating from Duke, my son Tom lived in DC for a few years and HE became a Nats fan as well. Even though they now train in West Palm Beach, they are still my team.
Happy September! Work Hard. Be Nice.