Saturday, November 5, 2011

Calendar of Past and Upcoming Events

There has been a lot going on these past few months, as a I wrote a few blog posts ago. Last night (Friday, November 4th), I did a fun and potent recital with John Faieta at Boston Conservatory. We performed works by Bartok, Mozart, Telemann, Blazhevich and Bolter (myself)! The audience was asked to view the recital as a TV show and to sit back and watch it. You had to be there to get what I'm saying but there was lots of humor, humanity and profundity.. and a very good turn out as well! Bravo to John Faieta for his fine playing and willingness to be a part of this journey! The amazing photo seen here was put together by my wife, Carol.



This coming weekend (Saturday, November 12th, and Sunday, November 13th), there will be a Brass Symposium at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. This symposium, a first at Longy, is open to middle school, high school and college students. It will be a very full presentation, starting on Saturday at 4 PM with a concert by the Longy Faculty Brass Quintet featuring Steven Emery trumpet, Redline trumpeter Kyle Spraker will be assisting, Kevin Owen on horn, myself on trombone and Ken Amis on tuba, Redline Brass Quintet who are all in the Artist Diploma Program at Longy, Longy prep faculty and a combined large brass ensemble of faculty and students with me conducting. Following the concert, I will be conducting a rehearsal with all the participants and faculty in a mass brass ensemble that will be the grand finale to the many events that will be happening on Sunday. Before that, on Sunday, there will be master classes, brass topics discussion, breaking into individual instrument classes, playing opportunities for all to play a solo or excerpts and get feedback. Lots of informative and inspiring events!

PLEASE NOTE: IT IS VITAL THAT PEOPLE REGISTER ONLINE ASAP, MEANING BY WEDNESDAY. THE FEE COVERS MEALS AND SNACKS. If they don't have enough applicants at least 50 they say, the event will be cancelled. So register now if you are interested. To register, visit: Longy Brass Symposium or call 617-876-0956 ext 1760.

P.S. I am not sure if there will be the possibility to just walk in at the last minute. I really apologize for this and other and oversights in how the event was set up but since this is the first time tis is happening, i don't the PR people quite knew how to handle the details. Hopefully, next year will be it will be advertised more effectively and clearly.


On Sunday, November 20th from 10 AM-12 PM in Pierce Hall at New England Conservatory, there will be a Brass Blast at the NEC's Prep division. It will feature and premiere the new Faculty Brass Quintet! This quintet consists of myself on trombone, Eli Epstein on horn, Joseph Foley and Richard Kelly on trumpets and Ken Amis on tuba.

BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS FOR A SIDE-BY-SIDE READING WITH THE QUINTET! It will be a fun and exciting time for all middle school and high school students! It's FREE and open to the public! Call 617-585-1130 to register.

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