Category Archives: Music

Mus euphoniumus

I came across this interview with Stephen Saunders, bass trombonist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, by Matt Guilford, bass trombonist with the National Symphony Orchestra, in which Saunders’ recounts his strangest experience as a performer. It is a horrifying tale … Continue reading

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Jazz invades the PEI Symphony, and Anne throws down the gauntlet!

This past Sunday was the PEI Symphony’s pops concert featuring jazz pianist Doug Riley (along with Chris Mitchell, sax; Jamie Gatti, bass; and Alan Dowling, drums) in Doug’s own “Concerto” for jazz piano and orchestra, The PEI Suite. Doug and … Continue reading

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UPEI’s New Steinway Piano

Last night I played on a UPEI Department of Music Faculty Recital to welcome the new Steinway Concert Grand Piano at Steel Recital Hall. Although this was the official launch of PEI’s “newest and finest concert Grand Piano”, it has … Continue reading

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Black Bottom Brass Band

I bought two CDs two weeks ago for two bucks each at the Book Sale at the Confederation Centre Library: The Cranberries “To The Faithful Departed” and Black Bottom Brass Band “Best! Best! Best!”. I’d never heard of the BBBB, … Continue reading

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Ruckus Over Rachmaninov

A couple of weeks ago, I played on the PEI Symphony’s first concert of the season. On the program were Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Kalinnikov’s 2nd Symphony (which I’d never played before), and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of … Continue reading

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Elevator Music

I just came across this concert listing – one of the Canadian Music Centre‘s New Music in New Places presentations: The Viola Project will take place on Wednesday, October 25th, 10 AM at the World Trade and Convention Centre (1800 … Continue reading

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Children’s Wish Foundation Christmas CD

This week I have been working as a recording engineer (filling in for Perry Williams), recording school choirs for the PEI chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation‘s annual Christmas CD. This has been a successful fundraising project for the CWF … Continue reading

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John Weinzweig, 1913-2006

On Thursday, August 24, we lost our “Dean of Canadian Composers”, as John Weinzweig was fondly called. Weinzweig was the first person in this country to pursue classical music composition as a career, and although there were many obstacles to overcome … Continue reading

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The Thrill of New Music

Last night my new music ensemble eklektikos gave a successful performance at UPEI. One of the criteria for determining the success of a new music concert is whether the audience outnumbers the performers, which makes last night all the more … Continue reading

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Jazz in St. Peters Bay

I have just gotten home from playing a concert with the Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble tonight at the St. Peters Court House Theatre overlooking beautiful St. Peters Bay, PEI. It was a fun gig, kind of a warmup for our upcoming … Continue reading

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Scotia Festival of Music

Today is the last day of the annual Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax. I have been here all week as a guest artist, and have had a great time performing, coaching the student brass quintet, giving a masterclass, and listening to concerts. … Continue reading

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Talented Youth

Yesterday I was the brass adjudicator for the Nova Scotia Provincial Music Festival, and it was a great experience. I actually only had to listen to one brass musician, a fine euphonium player in the junior category, so it was pretty easy … Continue reading

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