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Telling Jokes and Composing

“I think there’s rice in this potato soup.” There were five of us at the table, but I was looking directly at Fred. “Ha!” he laughed. 987 more words

New Music

Beethoven's "Eroica," Symphony #3 in E flat Major, Opus 55, 1803 - 1804

If I recall correctly, the tale goes somewhat like this:

Beethoven was chatting with his comrades in his home when one of the other men informs the maestro that Napoleon Bonaparte has just crowned himself Emperor of France.   1,239 more words

kurtnemes reblogged this on Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac and commented:

Great, thoughtful, informative post about this piece and the historical context in which Beethoven birthed it. [youtube="https://youtu.be/YObQ6bP0eDQ"]

Bella Concert Hall opens its doors

As Mount Royal University’s project manager for the construction of the Bella Concert Hall, the school’s gorgeous new performing arts hub, Kay Harrison had one unique advantage that most project managers don’t: she’s a singer who, since 1981, has also been a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. 1,055 more words


Bass and Exposure

I just completed the latest orchestral score, U.S. Marshall: Bass Reeves , along with the edits, artwork, and liner notes. This work offers a new instrumentation that I’ve never tried before, and it was a great learning process. 200 more words


Chamberfest: Dumay, Vanden Eynden partners in sublime perfection

Dominion Chalmers United Church

Friday night

French violinist Augustin Dumay is this year’s Chamberfest literal poster boy, his steely gaze and patrician forehead looming large all over the city. 393 more words


Underrated & Underplayed Part 1: Josef Suk - SYMPHONY No.2 "ASRAEL"

I want to take some time every now and then to write about the great orchestral works that never really make it into the concert hall very often… The brilliant symphonies and other compositions that, for some unknown reason, have never really managed to get a particularly firm foothold in the concert repertoire. 896 more words