av8rmike: Optimus Prime on Obama poster; text: "Change into a truck" (change)
There's been so much going on in the last few days, I've hardly had time to log in and check my Friends page, let alone write an actual update. So, if I've missed anyone getting married or buried or any other life changes, feel free to comment. Where to begin?
  • We had the house walk-through and closed on Wednesday, kicking off four days of constant freak-out.

  • Thursday was lots of packing, because Friday the movers were showing up. The move itself went smoothly and quickly, which happens when you hire pros. Of course, the move butting up against Yom Kippur didn't help for getting stuff done on Friday night and Saturday.

  • My office is also in the middle of moving to a new location, which also occurred Friday. Thankfully, a professional crew was handling that as well, meaning I was only responsible for packing my office. Of course, it hasn't been all smooth sailing, as my keycard didn't work, my desk chair was missing, and I still have to arrange the furniture properly.

  • Speaking of the office, I don't like the new building itself because it's like a giant Faraday cage. I can barely pick up any radio stations.

  • I'm grateful that Jamie's been here to help with things and to keep me calm because it's been very stressful for both of us. My mom came in yesterday afternoon to help with organizing and unpacking. Yesterday, they completely unpacked the kitchen stuff, which is a big help. We haven't gone to a grocery store in days, so there's very little to cook anyway.

  • The other reason my mom is in town is because I'm playing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tonight. OK, so it's not a "real" gig, it's just a reprise of what they are calling the "Rusty Musicians" concert, where regular Joe amateurs can have the opportunity to play a few pieces with the professionals. Right now I'm too worn out to be overly excited, but I'll be prepared for it.

  • Oh yeah, Support. I should probably check in there, too.

I'm sure I've forgotten lots of stuff, but that's a lot of update there.
av8rmike: (violin)
(As of 20090908)
I think I forgot to do one of these last year. I'll probably post last years as a date-out-of-order entry just to have a record of it.

+Saturday, October 17, 2009
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Beethoven, Overture to "Egmont"
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto (Jonathan Carney, violin)
Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

+A Time and a Place
Saturday, December 5, 2009
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Albert Hurwit, Symphony No. 1, "Remembrance", third movement
Felix Mendelssohn, "The Hebrides" Overture
Ernest Bloch, Baal Shem (Ronald Mutchnik, violin)
Ottorino Respighi, Pines of Rome

#Wednesday, December 9, 2010
7:30 PM, Inscape Theatre
Program TBA

$The Nutcracker
Howard County Ballet
Date & Location TBA

+Young People's Concert
Saturday, January 9, 2010
12:30 PM & 3:00 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre

+Symphonic Pops
Saturday, February 13, 2010
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Details TBA

+Short Stories
Saturday, March 27, 2010
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Young Artist Competition winners
Alberto Ginastera, "Malambo" from Estancia
Antonin Dvořák, "The Noon Witch"
Jonathan Leshnoff, "Rush"
Maurice Ravel, "Mother Goose" Suite

+The Titans
Saturday, May 22, 2010
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Wolfgang A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20 (Hsiu-Hui Wang, piano)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 1

+- The Columbia Orchestra; Jason Love, conductor
#- Greenspring Valley Orchestra; Prof. Robert Suggs, conductor
$- Howard County Ballet Orchestra; David Zajic, conductor

New Toys!

Apr. 21st, 2009 02:34 pm
av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
(Plural because I'm testing out the DW-LJ cross-posting option)

After talking about retail therapy a few months ago, I finally went and did it: I bought a laptop ("good for you!", my dad said). I had plenty of money from my tax refund and just decided to get it over with and buy it. I even took pictures of the un-boxing as if it was a PowerMac. It's just as beautiful as I was expecting, even though it is running Vista. Nothing I can't solve with PC De-crapifier and Ubuntu, if necessary.

This week is also Brahms overload week: Sunday I played the Symphony #2 with the Chamber Orchestra of Mount Vernon Place, we're working on the 4th symphony with Columbia, and playing a watered-down arrangement of the Variations on a Theme of Haydn in my other orchestra. Nothing really wrong with too much Brahms.
av8rmike: (violin)
1. Agreeing to play in ensembles when people ask me.
2. Dropping my dinner in the sink.
3. General procrastination?
av8rmike: (violin)
I'm glad I only have to play "Peter and the Wolf" every two years, unlike Nutcracker, which is every year.
av8rmike: Text: I can't. I have rehearsal. (rehearsal)
This past weekend ended up being a lot busier than I'd expected. Friday night I had a ticket to see the Baltimore Symphony play Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique with Yan Pascal Tortelier conducting. Or rather, as Casey and Art put it, "doing an interpretive dance while the orchestra played." Still, it was one of the most exciting performances of that piece I'd ever seen, and I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Saturday I had to be up early to drive out to Westminster for a 9:00 rehearsal with the college choir out there. The rehearsal went pretty well, but it sucked having to drive 45 minutes each way, then be home and tired at 12:30. I actually ended up napping for most of the afternoon (even though it was really nice outside) because I had to be out at the school in Columbia that evening. Three other orchestra members and I had formed a string quartet to play background music for a silent auction, all part of the Howard County Arts Council gala. Our quartet had rehearsed a couple of times, but I guess people weren't concentrating enough, or were distracted by heat, lack of light, etc., because we actually had to stop and start a few times. I was a little disappointed because I thought we could have done better, and I don't think I was to blame. (Anyone who's watched me play would probably find me was tremendously easy to follow.)

Anyhow, we only had to play for an hour, then we could sample all the vendor's food. After all the hors d'oeuvres, cake, bread pudding, etc., I think it was safe to say I was ending Passover early. The other exciting thing was when the chef from the Elkridge Furnace Inn nearly set me and the building on fire when he decided to de-glaze his skillet with alcohol. I'm standing there eating and all of a sudden there's a three-foot tower of flame next to me. However, it was fine and we all escaped with our eyebrows intact. It certainly drew a lot of attention. =)

Sunday I had to make that drive to Westminster again for the actual concert. The concert went well enough, but I think people weren't expecting the conductor to go slower in some sections, so there were a few places where things weren't really together. The hard parts of the Beethoven were much easier, though. At least tonight's rehearsal is a sectional and I don't have to have everything learned, because we're going to spend most of tonight learning it.
av8rmike: (violin)
All of our concerts should feature an inflatable Spider-Man doll on stage (with bow tie) and Jason conducting with a chef's knife.

Although, how sad is this? "Inflatable spiderman" returns about 3,000 hits on Google, but "inflatable Beethoven" returns none.


Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:34 am
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
I really need to get back into the habit of posting more often. Time was when I tried to post an entry almost every day, even if I was just talking about what I was practicing. Sometimes I go and read older entries, and it's nice to look back at what was going on at any particular time, especially since so much has been the same for the last several years.

I also need to pay more attention to who's friending me. Welcome [livejournal.com profile] afuna, [livejournal.com profile] camomiletea, and [livejournal.com profile] chasethestars, my fellow Styles Support junkies. ;)

Two big concerts over the weekend: The world premier of Jared Denhard's American Voices for narration and orchestra with the GVO, and the Brahms/Ives concert with Columbia. The latter got a nice preview in the Baltimore Sun, although I doubt there was similar coverage for the other.

Anyway, the GVO's audiences are slowly increasing with each show, which isn't too shabby for a group only 5 years old. The concert went about as well as could be expected with the amount of over-rehearsing we did. Jared's piece was pretty well received, but it always helps to bring the house down at the end with Tchaikovsky's "Polonaise" from Eugene Onegin and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld Overture.

Saturday's concert was just awesome. A Charles Ives symphony can be a bit of a tough listen, but this one was one of the more approachable, and the audience seemed to be into it. It was definitely a good decision to play it before the Brahms concerto. Speaking of which, Brian Ganz was just incredible. I was sitting just feet away from him, and the energy he puts into his performances is palpable. I also have to compliment our audience for being more cultured; after each movement, where there would usually be a little bit of applause, no one moved. That definitely added to the atmosphere.

Next up: two weeks of practicing for The Nutcracker. It's my fourth time through, so I'm going to try to get even more parts down.
av8rmike: (violin)
Boy, have I been out of sorts for the last month. I've been thinking that our first concert for the season would be in two weeks. Then, I hear on the radio that no, it's this Saturday night. I checked the web page and even my own calendar entry, and sure enough, they both list it as this Saturday. It's a good thing that I'm pretty much prepared for it, and no one comes to my concerts anymore anyway.
av8rmike: (violin)
(as of 20070913)
Wow, I almost forgot to do this post again this year.

+Saturday, October 20, 2007
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Bach, Brandenburg Concerto #3
R. Strauss, Concerto for Horn #1 (Larry Williams, horn)
Tchaikovsky, Symphony #4

#Friday, November 29, 2007
7:30 PM, Inscape Theatre
Offenbach, Overture to "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Vaughan-Williams, English Folk Song Suite
Beethoven, Overture, "Egmont"
Copland, "Quiet City"
Jared Denhard, "American Voices" for Narrator and Orchestra (World Premier)

+Saturday, November 30, 2007
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Brahms, Piano Concerto #1 (Brian Ganz, Piano)
Charles Ives, Symphony #2

$The Nutcracker
Howard County Ballet
Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16, 2006
2:30 and 7:30 PM (Saturday only), Jim Rouse Theatre

+Young People's Concert
Saturday, January 12, 2008
12:30 PM & 3:00 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Featuring the Peabody Violin Choir

+Saturday, February 16, 2008
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Best of Stephen Sondheim,
A Night at the Movies, and more

+Embracing the Millions
Saturday, April 5, 2008
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Beethoven, Symphony #9, "Choral"

#Spring Concert
Friday, May 2, 2008
7:30 PM, Inscape Theatre
Program TBA

$Spring Ballet
Howard County Ballet
Date/time TBA

+Saturday, May 31, 2008
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Christopher Rouse, Rapture
Young Artist Competition Winners
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

+- The Columbia Orchestra; Jason Love, conductor
#- Greenspring Valley Orchestra; Prof. Robert Suggs, conductor
$- Howard County Ballet Orchestra; David Zajic, conductor
av8rmike: (webcam)
As has been the tradition for the last two years, I went back home to play the July 4th concert with the orchestra there. The twist this time was that my brother was also coming back to play, fresh off his own concert season. The program was almost identical to the ones from the last two years, and even the same ringers were back. This year, no one from the 1st violin section bugged me about my tuning technique, nor did we play in the stadium or under a giant tent. There was just enough threat of rain to make the director call the concert indoors, which meant inside the local hockey/multi-purpose arena. That development alone was enough to make my mom decide that we'd all go to either New York or Baltimore (or somewhere else) rather than risk having to play this horrid concert again, and inside the run-down arena.

There was one funny moment, though: Running into my old high school music teacher at the rehearsal, because her five-person a cappella group was performing with the orchestra. She was totally shocked to see not only me, but my brother, after 12 and 15 years, respectively.
Speaking of whom: My brother is a chatty drunk, and unbearable when he's waiting to hear back from a woman. He already knows this, though. :P
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
I can't believe I forgot to update the schedule post to include the Mark O'Connor concert next month. He's probably the biggest "name" with whom we've ever performed, though I'll have to get some historical perspective on that one. I'd invite anyone in the area who has at least a passing interest in classical or fiddling to look in to coming to that one.

Also, for some reason, I accidentally typed "How-Down" instead of "Hoe-Down" the first time. Must be a common typo, because I think I did that last time around, too.
av8rmike: (violin)
Happy 30th anniversary of Star Wars! Although maybe I should have posted about this on Friday.

It's been a pretty relaxing weekend. On Saturday my friend Paul invited me to a "chamber music marathon" taking place in DC near Rock Creek Park. It was just 15 or so people getting together to play various quartets, trios, quintets, etc. When I got there, I had missed the Brahms F Minor piano quintet, and a group was playing a Schubert quintet on the back porch. That's how I knew I was at the right house.

I got to play the second violin part (of four) to Mendelssohn's Octet, but we were short one violinist. I don't think that made too much difference because it's still a really hard piece. Then, for the "third period", a Mozart clarinet quintet formed on the porch, but there was an extra cellist. We discovered that Schubert's "Trout" quintet is also scored for two celli, instead of celli and bass. So, I got to play (*sightread*) the violin part thereof. After that, most of us were too tired to keep going. Still, fun way to spend a day. Nothing much else going on, though.
av8rmike: (webcam)
Watching Wizard of Oz after playing a ballet version.
av8rmike: Text: I can't. I have rehearsal. (rehearsal)
"Let's try playing it the first way I described, and see if I hate it."

"Think heavy, but soft. *pommmm* Like laying your hand on a pillow. That's probably the strangest analogy you're going to hear from me tonight."

"I'll sing the horns tonight. I'll be horny."

We read through the Barber "Adagio" for strings tonight, finally, and it got me thinking. In only a few years of recent playing, I've already started repeating pieces, only some I've played on both first and second violin parts. Among some of those:

Beethoven's Symphony #8
Gabriel Faure's "Pavane"
Barber's "Adagio"
J. Strauss' "Emperor" Waltz
Theme from Star Wars
The Nutcracker
...probably a few more I'm missing.


Mar. 26th, 2007 02:55 pm
av8rmike: (violin)
Our concert over the weekend seemed to go pretty well. There was a big and appreciative audience, which is to be expected for any pops concert. Although, I'm not sure why I bother typing up big e-mails to send to my friends advertising them when no one shows up. Or, why I bother with the post-dated entry at the top of the journal, either.

The professional soloists were good (with the tenor much better than the alto), but we needed to go over more logistical stuff with the high-school singers who were joining us, because they weren't really sure when to come and go, stand up, etc. It can either come off as cute or disorganized, I'm not sure which. As usual, the music from Star Wars brings down the house at the end.

Speaking of which, playing that made me all nostalgic, so I went and bought a 5-pack of games from LucasArts called the "Best of" pack, or something. I'm playing around with Knights of the Old Republic now, but I really bought it for the Jedi Knight II game, and maybe I'll try the others. It may not have been a good idea to buy that before I finished my taxes, though.
av8rmike: (violin)
I guess I should update and say something about the weekend. The concert went pretty well; neither I nor any of the soloists made huge mistakes, or even minor ones. There weren't even any technical issues with the Roumain piece, which used a digital audio tape, a click track, and monitors. We'll probably find out tonight what the turnout was.
I was also an idiot and forgot a bunch of stuff over the weekend, both things to do and things to bring. Consequently, I owe Jason about $15.
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
Weekend was very long and tiring.... for good and bad reasons. ;)

I'm really starting to get disappointed by my personal performance at these concerts, but maybe it's OK that no one other than myself seems to notice.

I need to get some of [livejournal.com profile] gingy's recipes.

I wore jeans and work boots to the office today, thinking I'd be doing manual labor. So far, have not needed to.

I want to wash the crap off the side of my truck, but no way am I paying another $15 for a mediocre job.

No rehearsal tonight. Practicing instead.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
Boy, what a crappy football weekend. Sure, the Ravens managed to beat the Saints at home, which was something no other team has done this season, but what the hell has happened to the Steelers? They're on yet another of their inexorable slides downward into oblivion. How come there are certain teams they just can't beat, no matter how bad the opponent is? The Raiders, who were supposed to go 0-16 this season?
Also, due to all the concerts I had this weekend and all the running around, I managed to start like three players on my fantasy team who were on a bye week. That's probably the end of my 5-game winning streak, but I think week 8 was going to kill me anyway.

Anyway... speaking of concerts, they all seemed to go well. Sunday's benefit for the orchestra was pretty poorly attended, much worse than it should have been for performers of that caliber. Mom came in for the day to see it and talk to the promoters. She absolutely loved it. I just wish [info]Jamie could have been there, too.
av8rmike: (violin)
originally uploaded by av8rmike.
I posted pictures from this past weekend's Red Bull Flügtag. Most of them are from pretty far away, so you have to view them full-size to see anything interesting. The highlights were the craft that got stuck on the ramp, crashed almost immediately into the water, or floated better than they flew. In that respect, the event was pretty disappointing, not to mention the huge crowd.

Saturday night's concert went very well, with a modest but enthusiastic turn-out. This weekend's John Denver tributes could be interesting, both because a lot of the schedule seems to be up in the air, and because Mom's coming to see Sunday's show.


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