January 31, 2016

The serenity and majesty of Beethoven’s famed Violin Concerto belie the turmoil of its time: Vienna was under French occupation and Beethoven was coming to terms with his increasingly profound deafness.

 

Despite its popularity today, the Violin Concerto did not receive...

January 31, 2016

 Often, if I awaken in the middle of the night, I will turn on the television and hunt around for a movie; finding that many of them have something of a sedating result and put me right back to sleep. The other night, however, I came across “Monster,” which is based on...

January 31, 2016

I am currently in a two-week long residency at a young artist’s program in the Midwest, coaching twelve students in a variety of sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart. The participants are between the ages of ten and about seventeen, and I worked with quite a few of t...

January 31, 2016

In addition to the wonderful Music in Context series and terrific restaurants, Houston offers giant roadside longhorn armadillos.

 

December 21, 2014

 The Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) was a great virtuoso performer and a prolific composer of the morceau de genre, or character piece. Born in Pamplona Spain, he began to study the violin with his bandmaster father at age 5 and made such progress that...

September 21, 2013

The phrase “music of the spheres” refers to the intertwined relationship between the structures of music and those of the physical world, and a conscious awareness of mystical or spiritual qualities being transmitted through composed sound.

 

All music consists of a form...

March 14, 2012

I have just returned from a chamber music concert at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Arizona, where it was my great pleasure to collaborate with the fabulously elegant pianist Doris Stevenson and the terrific cellist (and artistic director of the Sonoran Chamber Music...

March 12, 2012

Recently, one of the 24/7 news networks had a feature on the "green" movement in Hollywood that included an actress, who characterizes herself as having "the smallest carbon footprint possible," describing how the cast and crew eat off recycled plates, use old paper fo...

June 28, 2010

Even in a city replete with extraordinary structures, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is astonishing, first of all for its size. A massive building that consumes 601 feet in length, with an interior nave ceiling reaching upwards of 124 feet, it is located on the f...

September 12, 2009

Yesterday marked the eighth anniversary of a horrific day in the United States and, I would imagine, well beyond our borders. Memories and emotions from September 11, 2001 streamed back – shock, helplessness, great fear, and an enormous numbing grief for those killed a...

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