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Concert schedule - Fall 2014

September 28, 2:00: Jacobsen Recital Series performing the Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon by Paul Hindemith.
October 10, 11, 12, 7:30, 7:30, 2:00:
Northwest Sinfonietta performing works by Vorisek, Dvorak, Bartok and Sarasate.
October 19, 2:30: Brass Band Northwest performs Heroes of England with music by Holst, Sparke, Vaughn-Williams and Vinter.
October 25, 7:30: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performing with Evelyn Glennie including works by Respighi and Ravel.
October 26, 2:00: Jacobsen Recital Series with Mark Rojak, bass trombone.
November 2, 3:00: Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, the Planets by Holst.
November 14, 15, 16, 7:30, 7:30, 2:00: Northwest Sinfonietta performing works by Gluck, Jones, Mozart and Youtz.
November 28, 29: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nutcracker
Decemer 4: Edmonds Community College Choir, Rutter Gloria
December 7, 2:30: Tacoma Symphony performing Sounds of the Season.
December 9, 7:30: Brass Band Northwest performing All I Want for Christmas with guests PepperJill and Jack.
December 12, noon: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nutcracker.
December 18, 19: Tacoma Symphony performs Messiah, Chapel Hill, Gig harbor then, St Charles Borromeo
December 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 3:00pm: Tacoma Symphony/Tacoma City Ballet, Nutcracker.
December 26: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nutcracker.

Philip Smith retires

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Philip Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, is retiring. He led that trumpet section for 36 years and produced a CD of excerpts that has become the de facto standard for orchestral trumpet playing. After the retirement of Bud Herseth, Phil Smith must be viewed as the leader of orchestral trumpet playing in America. He is notable enough that his departure was the subject of an article in The New Yorker:

Philip Smith, master trumpeter

The article and his comrades appropriately praise his career, but what I find telling is the one quote from Mr Smith, a master trumpeter who still, apparently, battles nerves:

A thirty-six-year career in the same orchestra means that expectations can remain high over a lifetime. “People keep showing up, and they want Mahler’s Fifth in 2013 to sound as good as it did in 1978,” he said. “And you’re going, ‘Shoot, man, I’m not sure if I can do that.’ So you have to watch the little voices and try to shove them out of the way. Try not to get focussed on mistakes. It’s like watching the Olympics—how many times you know these people are tops of their field, they get to the Olympics and the voices win. So it’s a constant battle to say, ‘Don’t let the voices win.’ Sing, sing, sing, sing, sing. When the voices start going, start singing.”

Concert schedule - December 2013

December 7, 3:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma City Ballet presents the Nutcracker.
December 8, 2:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony Orchestra presents Sounds of the Season.
December 10, 7:30 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest presents ’Tis the Season.
December 13, 12:00 (Seattle): Pacific Northwest Ballet performs the Nutcracker.
December 14 & 15, 3:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma City Ballet presents the Nutcracker.
December 17, 7:00 (North Bend): Brass Band Northwest performs ’Tis the Season with the young musicians of the North Bend Elementary School.
December 20, 7:30 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony presents Messiah.
December 21 & 22, 3:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma City Ballet presents the Nutcracker.
December 22, 10:00 (Seattle): service music at View Ridge Community Church.
December 24, 2:00 (Seattle): PNB presents Nutcracker.
December 24, 5:00 (Seattle): service music for View Ridge Community Church.
December 26, 7:00 (Seattle): PNB presents Nutcracker

Jens Lindemann in Seattle and Tacoma

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Jens Lindemann will make two Seattle-area appearances at the end of January! On Saturday, January 25 he will give a masterclass and perform with Brass Band Northwest for the Northwest Brass Band Festival at Seattle Pacific University. At 1:30 on Sunday, January 26 Jens will give a masterclass at the University of Puget Sound. Contact me for more information.