Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Some random and not so randomness

Last night something hit me while practicing on both the electric and acoustic violins. Yes, I should practice more, hahaha. Really, the revelation may strike you as plain or obvious, but classical works don't sound or feel right to me on the electric violin. (Does she (the electric violin) need a name?) Folk, jazz and "rock" licks and rhythms are bompin' on the electric though. I'm getting used to it more and more, and time will tell. Rachmaninoff's Vocalise though doesn't have the same gush on the electric as the acoustic - especially on the g string. Maybe with some effects? Hmmm. John Barry themes of James Bond sound great on the electric. And bassy, minimal rhythms are spot on.

Speaking of playing, Paul Zavinsky and I are jamming at Cornerstone Coffeeshop in Camp Hill Saturday evening, 8 to 10ish. Stop on by!

I've been playing alot of Mozart cds lately. Everyone has. So this morning I had to get something different in my head. I listened to Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles.
Then to Messiaen's Illuminations of the Beyond.
Ah...I feel much better.

Ok, I saw this posted on the ArtsJournal website:
Consolidating At Cooperstown The upstate New York-based Glimmerglass Opera will lose its artistic director this year when Paul Kellogg steps down from the position. Rather than replace him, the company has announced that general director Michael MacLeod will assume the duties of artistic director as well. "While MacLeod has no experience with an opera company, Glimmerglass emphasized in a press release that he had worked with such leading singers as Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Rodney Gilfrey, and Bryn Terfel while leading the City of London Festival" PlaybillArts 01/18/06
Embezzlement Alleged At Charlotte Opera Company Opera Carolina says that its former finance director embezzled nearly $50,000 from the company over the course of the 2004-05 season. Mary Lopes, who resigned from her position with the company last fall, is also accused of using a company credit card for personal expenses. "After an interim finance director took over last fall... the company discovered in mid-December that 'the financial records were in disarray.'" Charlotte Observer 01/18/06
And immediately thought, okay it'll be easier to embezzle at Cooperstown!

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