Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Cannot go to bed early... maybe I will be cured of inveterate late nights once I make the trip to Japan and back with my old Dad (December 10-17). Until then, when inspiration hits at 11 p.m. Sunday night, I know that it is going to be hard to get up on Monday morning.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
It has been an interesting day because I am listening to all of the takes from our Canadian Concerto Project from our recording days in July and September. I have never ever before listened to every single take from any recording session! Until now, my engineers have done most of the editing before I listen to it at all. What a princess.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Rehearsing with Dr Lee this morning and talking about the concepts/props/subtext for our concert in 11 days...the idea circling around value and perception, garbage and treasure. We are playing pieces that were long-lost then unrecognized, undervalued, and now sexy.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The things that I do everyday are the things that make me who I really am. And what is that?
Pondering various realities... the lives of my students and how I affect them... planning our concerts, talking about their lives, trying to answer their questions about how to practise while I am secretly thinking about when I can practise.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For the last two days, I have been writing my final reports for the Canadian Concerto Project. I won 2 grants that collectively covered about half of the cost of this project. The FACTOR grant is actually a loan though the repayment terms are very generous; as a result, the final report is more like a thorough audit that checks every detail to make sure we actually did the recording under the terms discussed. By contrast, the Ontario Arts Council final report is more general yet also requires lucidity when reporting the numbers and facts.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Tonight is the Subversion Project with Eric Paetkau’s chamber orchestra, group of twenty seven.
I have known Eric for many years now, first as an excellent violist, then as a young conductor. I felt that I really got to know how gifted he is when he led our Canadian Concerto project this summer, recording 6 new works under challenging conditions (late delivery of music, tropical temperatures, bassoon breakdown). He kept his cool at all times and tirelessly drove the orchestra forward into our best playing even in the final minutes.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Tonight was really important for me. I love playing concerti with orchestras, which is why I record so many, but the opportunities to play live are rare. Sometimes I will get to play with orchestra three times per year and usually they want me to play the Weber Andante and Rondo, so it was an incredible treat to be invited to play with the Prince George Symphony and to be offered the opportunity to pick the works of my choice.