Posts Tagged: musician

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"The E-string is like sunshine, and the G-string at the bottom has velvety warmth."

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CSO concertmaster Lees enjoys short time with rare violin | Cincinnati.com

Tim Lees has a two-week loan of a rare Stradivarius. Watch the video, it’s great.

Source: news.cincinnati.com
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…that female cellists used to play “side-saddle” because they weren’t allowed to put the cello between their legs? 

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Here’s a much better photo of Ruth Rosevear, whom I mentioned this morning. She’s holding a commemorative miniature cello, signed by the CSO.

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Not the best picture in the world, but this morning the CSO’s President, Trey Devey, introduced Ruth Rosevear to the orchestra. Ruth has been subscribing for 75 years and has recently endowed Alan Rafferty’s chair.

Ruth, a cellist, still practices several times a week— at age 98.

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Here’s a decent iPhone photo of rehearsal as well. 

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Rehearsal time. Josh Bell is in the house!

Yes, that Josh Bell.

For your reference, he is playing the Bruch Violin Concerto.

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I feel the need to save for posterity the fact that our principal cellist just complimented my hair… and made some kind of Three Stooges-esque sound when he did so. 

That is all. 

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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 moment today, the crew was running lighting cues, so the hall was orange and purple (Pops performance tonight), and there was one lone musician on stage: our timpanist, Pat Schleker (whom you might remember).

I guess, once they set the drums for a performance, there really isn’t anywhere for him to practice but on stage. It made for a surreal moment: tiptoeing around the eerily orange auditorium, listening to one quiiiiiietly practicing timpanist, and trying to guess the songs by rhythm alone.

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"Her pursuits include: snowboarding, mountain boarding (“a snowboard for grass with rubber tires”), free boarding (“a snowboard for pavement with a middle wheel for carving”), ice skating, rollerblading and mountain biking."

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Most Interesting People | Cincy Magazine

This is from an article in Cincy about 12 of the “Most Interesting People” in Cincinnati— they’re talking about CSO violist Joanne Wojtowicz.

Didn’t even know “mountain boarding” was a thing. 

Source: cincymagazine.com
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Rehearsal for tonight’s performance. 

The first time I popped into rehearsal I was surprised to find that the musicians wear street clothes. My boss chuckled at me and asked if I thought they rehearsed in tails. It’s funny, but I just hadn’t stopped to think about it. In my head they were always dressed for the stage.