Monday, January 25, 2010


Rehearsal was great this morning, piano had arrived before we did, and the coffee place next to the gallery is just amazing.
At lunch, we were talking about movies, etc and our waiter joined in, knowing the movie Stepbrothers. It was hilarious.

Delighted about the press SOLI is getting, and excited about the concerts coming up. Watch for video soon!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Show of shows

I'm particularly happy with today's show on KPAC called Classical Spotlight, take a listen if you like! Featured are Aaron Jay Kernis, Star Wars and More, plus interviews on baroque music, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
MP3 file

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I had a lovely chat with one of the great pianists of our day, Imogen Cooper. She has just released volume 2 of live performances of Schubert piano works, and later this year volume 3 will come out.
She took some time to talk about the project and Schubert.
This will be produced for TPR, but I wanted to share her brilliant manner with you unedited and raw. I came away energized and inspired.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Voices of Change

I caught Soundings Margaret Brouwer yesterday in Dallas. It was delightful, a wine tasting paired with a solo flute piece. Voices of Change perform tonight - catch it if you can!
(left is Brouwer, on the right is composer Xi Wang)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

NY Concerts

You might be interested in these if you're in NYC or going to be visiting!

January 17th, 3pm $40 ($35 senior, $20 student)
2 Cadman Plaza West At the Fulton Ferry Landing
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 624-2083

Bach and Enescu Program:
Selections from the Art of Fugue J. S. Bach
Sarabande for solo violin Enescu
Airs in Romanian Folk Style Enescu
Sonata No. 3 "Dans le caractere populaire roumain" Enescu
Piano Quintet Op. 29 Enescu


January 21st 8pm
Paul Recital Hall, The Juilliard School, NY NY
Paul Recital Hall is located on 65th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.

Airs in Romanian Folkstlye for Solo Violin (circa 1926)
Sonata for violin and Piano No.3 Op.25 (1926)
"Dans le caractere populaire roumain"
Sarabande for Solo Violin (circa 1910-1915)
US Premiere
Piano Quintet Op.29 (1940)

Enescu Chamber Players are Don Weilerstein, violin, Jennifer Curtis, violin, Nicholas Mann, viola, Claire Bryant, cello, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano.

Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Berlin, Israel, Salzburg, Luzern, and many more.

Jennifer Curtis is the winner of Astral’s 2006 National Auditions, violinist Jennifer Curtis is also the recipient of the inaugural MILKA/ASTRAL VIOLIN PRIZE, designated for a violinist invited to join the Astral Artists roster. Also an accomplished composer, her works have been performed in New York City, at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, and at the Verbier Festival de Musique in Switzerland.

Nicholas Mann has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist. He has been a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School since 2002 and is now Chair of the String Department at the Manhattan School of Music.

Cellist Claire Bryant has appeared as a soloist with orchestra including the Kuopion Symphony Orchestra of Finland, the National Symphony of Honduras in Tegucigalpa, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the founder, producer, and artistic director of the acclaimed chamber music series With Strings Attached.

Vivian Hornik Weilerstein has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s most eminent artists and ensembles. Ms. Weilerstein has appeared as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino, and has toured throughout Europe and Japan. Ms. Weilerstein is an active member of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Watch for

A few things to keep an eye out this month:
1) Camerata San Antonio's American Rhythms - 1/10 @ Travis Park United Methodist Church
2) Hilary Hahn's Bach violin and voice cd
3) SOLI Chamber Ensemble's American Residency 1/25 & 26 @ Gallery Nord & Trinity University
4) Cypress String Quartet's new cd of Elen Ruehr quartets