September Newsletter

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.




August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,

This summer was a particularly rich and rewarding one. At the end of the orchestra season, Scott and I made a quick trip to Boston where we took in a game at Fenway and attended a concert at Symphony Hall. We also were lucky enough to see one of the most beautiful exhibitions I have ever seen, “Matisse in the Studio” at the MFA.

The new show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Pixar Live, a Symphony of Characters” has been a joy to be part of. That has kept me quite busy over the summer. If you are interested you can see a show that was live streamed on June 29th by Disney and is now on You Tube. (Be sure to get the June 29th show. There are lots of others but that one was produced by Disney and is of a much higher quality). I happened to be playing that night so some of my family and friends in other parts of the country actually got to see the show live!

I am starting to get pretty excited about the upcoming seasons for both the Brevard Symphony and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. I will go into more detail about that in my September newsletter.

This and That, (a general accounting of what I am doing besides the teaching and playing). Lately I have been thinking a lot about thinking and about how the lack of it, and even the ability to do it is becoming a serious societal problem. I would highly recommend “Into the Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains” by Nicholas Carr. Along these same lines, “Deep Work” by Cal Newport.

On a lighter note, I am desperately trying to keep my herb garden alive through the summer heat. I am hoping to be able to have a few more Caprese Salads before summers end!

Students and Parents,

Even though I have lived in Florida since 1985, I still can’t get my head around August as the “Back to School” month. Growing up on Long Island, the Wednesday after Labor Day was ALWAYS our first day of school. But whether it starts in August or September “Back to School” is a great re-set time for students and parents.

The August Lesson schedule remains challenging. I know a lot of my students have marching band camps, and I am still playing the Pixar show. Please check the Studio Calendar section of my web site to find the most up to date studio teaching times.

As you shop for your school supplies, add one more thing. I strongly encourage my students to get a lesson/practice notebook. I have been playing professionally for almost 40 years and I still keep a practice notebook!  And don’t forget, “WORK HARD, BE NICE!”