Category: Ernie’s Blog

Who is Don Giovanni? Which Giovanni?

Who is Don Giovanni?  Which Giovanni? I’ve been thinking about this question quite a lot lately.  It is a very good question and, believe it or not, most people know who, or at least what, Don Giovanni was.  Don Giovanni is the Italian name for that great lover of...
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Creating concerts…

Creating Concerts… Sometimes putting on a concert involves finding a piece that you want to do and building a program around it.  Other concerts come together by finding a common theme and planning repertoire that the audience and musicians will both find interesting and enjoyable.  Some even come together...
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The Endurance of Messiah

Music is a process not an end.  As performers we’re in a way explorers, bringing new discoveries to our audience.  This is the elegant beauty of live performance – you don’t always know what’s coming!  But Messiah was composed 269 years ago and has been performed virtually non-stop since...
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Discovery, Martha Graham and the act of making music.

Inspiration comes from most unusual places.  The other day my wife held out a piece of paper she had found in our son’s coat pocket and said “Did you see this?”  With some trepidation I took it and looked at it.  What I found surprised me.  It was a...
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Seeing Brahms in a new way…

I have now started this entry more times than I care to count.  I have typed a paragraph or two, walked away and come back only to start over, repeated the process with a new idea, only to do it yet again…  Why is it so hard for me...
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Calm before the storm?

Last night we had the orchestra dress rehearsal for the first production of the season, “Man of La Mancha.”  To say that this has been an interesting and exciting week would be an understatement.   We have great cast, chorus and crew – which we always have.  The orchestra is...
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What’s new?

Well for a start, this space on our website for me to share some thoughts about music, music making and things that are happening in our rehearsals as we prepare for our concerts this season is new (more on this later). The website itself is new thanks to Katherine...
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