Had lunch with the musicians today. A direct quote, names withheld for obvious reasons: [BASSIST]: Did they invite a musician to that class? [INTERN]: Yes! They invited Paul Frankenfeld. [BASSIST]: He plays viola. I said a musician.
Today the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced its 13th Music Director in its 117-year history: Louis Langrée! Read more about Louis here!
Huge news today!
The press conference will be simulcast on our website at 1:30pm EST. Can’t wait!
The marketing department always ends up with weird, labor-intensive projects, and so we all pitch in together. Today I was helping a colleague put cards on seats around the hall, reminding people to renew their subscriptions. A couple hundreds cards are light work for a small army of administrative staff. Anyway, if you can imagine, between concerts the hall is dark and empty! But in a beautiful...
I just heard Ravel’s Tzigane for the first time and almost fell out of my chair!! Now it’s over and I can still feel it in my heart!!
Three things I learned about Respighi today:
Though Respighi died in 1936, which seems normal to me… his wife Elsa died in 1996, which weirds me out. Respighi composed a “sinister picture of a snake research institute” that he visited. Dude was friends with Enrico Fermi.
La valse makes me think of zombies!
Heard Ravel’s La valse for the first time last night. One line from the program notes stood out to me: “La valse contains every element of a Strauss waltz except its gaiety.” So it’s a twisted waltz. That worked for me. Made me think of zombies— it’s the music you’d play if someone you loved came back to life, but was slightly wrong. It’s...
It may be easy to concentrate on a selection lasting a few minutes, but...– How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills | Brain Pickings I love this little list!