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Symphony concert not to be missed – Mozart’s Requiem

On November 21, 2019 and November 23, 2019, the Louisiana Philharmonic will be performing Mozart’s Requiem, and I highly encourage everyone, even those who are rare symphony-goers to attend.

You see, a work of this size requires a full orchestra, a full choir, and a set of opera singers for its success. That’s a lot more musicians on the stage collaborating than in your typical symphony concert where you’d have a full orchestra playing with a soloist and then just a full orchestra. And it is something to be appreciated.

Also, works like Mozart’s Requiem are particularly soul-stirring in my opinion. This work was one of the last works that Mozart composed before his death – he worked on it in the second half of 1791 and died in December 1791, leaving the work unfinished (ultimately finished by a student of his, named Franz Xaver Sussmayr). Parts of the requiem were performed for Mozart’s own funeral mass. The history of the work has been enshrouded by myths and untruths by scholarship since its inception – a most recent example is the film Amadeus, so the work itself has some spectre surrounding it. But even without knowing any of that, it is sublime to hear, see, feel, and experience. It touches my soul.

You can read more about the history of the work in Michael Steinburg’s excellent Choral Masterworks: a Listeners Guide. Oxford University Press, 2005 (pp. 219-229).

IF you can’t make the concert, add it to your future events to look out for (along with all great choral masterworks). If you’d like to hear a performance from youtube, please see below and enjoy!

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Concert Happenings Oct 24-26, 2019

Tulane is having a vocal arts celebration this weekend!

Here’s the schedule. I hope some of you can attend some part of the event. Because one of the tricks of playing piano is to try to imitate the legato that is truly only done best by singers.

I highly recommend the master class (either), the lecture on performance anxiety, and the final concert.

Tulane Vocal Arts Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, October 251:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tulane Voice Faculty Recital:

Leonard Raybon, Michael McKelvey, Amy Pfrimmer & Aigerim Magavina (Dixon Annex Choral Rm)

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Welcome – Coffee and Conversation Break (Dixon Annex, Room 251)

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Guest Artist Master Class: Michael Hix (Dixon Annex Choral Rm) Collaborative pianist – Aigerim Magavina

Singers:

  • Melanie Albert, soprano Vedrai Carino from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Madison Jones, mezzo soprano A Foggy Day by George Gershwin
  • Natalia Glavnenko, soprano Piangerò la sorte mia from Giulio César by George Frideric Händel
  • Reid Bowman, baritone Lydia by Gabriel Fauré
  • Kim Chatelain, soprano (alternate) À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn.
  • Wayne Amedee, baritone (alternate) Lasciatemi morire by Claudio Monteverdi

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM Guest Artist Presentation: Ingela Onstad: “Courageous Artistry: Understanding and Conquering Performance Anxiety” (Dixon Annex Choral Room) 

6:00 PM – 6:50 PM Festival Reception (Dixon Annex, Room 251)

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM Guest Artist Recital: Malinda Haslett, soprano and James Kelley, piano (Dixon Annex Recital Hall)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Guest Artist Master Class: Malinda Haslett (Dixon Annex Choral Rm) Collaborative pianist – James Kelley
Singers:

Grace Patterson, mezzo soprano Der Blumenstrauß by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Emma Schreier, soprano Elle a fui la tourterelle from Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach 

Sammy Maza, soprano Notre amour by Gabriel Fauré

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Guest Artist Recital:

Michael Hix, baritone, Ingela Onstad, soprano and Michael Borowitz, piano (Dixon Annex Recital Hall)

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM Coffee and Conversation Break (Dixon Annex, Room 251)

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Sing Free! A Festival Singers Musicale, James Kelley, piano (Dixon Annex Recital Hall)

  • Nicholas Rains, baritone
    • Erlkönig by Franz Schubert (1727-1828)
    • Shenandoah arr. Jay Althouse (1951-present)
  • Kim Chatelain, soprano
    • Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo by George Frideric Händel (1685-1759)
    • À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
    • Lasciatemi morire by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1743)
    • Amarilli by Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)
  • Olivia Gilbert, piano
    • L’isle Joyeuese, L. 106 by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • Haley Lindsley, mezzo-soprano
    • Que fais-tu blanche tourterelle from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
    • O del mio amato ben by Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925)
  • Eric Anderson, baritone
    • Die Forelle Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    • Ich grolle nicht Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • Arynne Fannin, soprano
    • Apri le Luci from XXXXX by George Frideric Händel (1685-1759)
    • Porgi amor from Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


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Announcement: Live stream and Twitch Lessons

Hi everyone,

Today was a first in that I used Instagram live on my personal account (@frecklesnola) to livestream my practice session. It was interesting to do and I think I’m going to try it again in the future. For now, I’m going to keep doing it from my personal insta because I have more followers there, but my hope is to transition to my piano account (@piano_nola) eventually. Anyway, please follow either or both if you want to check it out.

I should warn you though – I will NOT be performing. I will being doing very detailed practice of small passages of music, like I encourage my students to practice. (And hopefully I”ll make my piano students watch it every once in a while.) Because instagram is kinda of difficult to embed things, I don’t think I”ll be able to embed the streams in this blog, so sorry for that.

Second announcement is this: I am going to start a beginning piano class on Wednesday mornings at 9 am central time. Of course, I don’t advise anyone learning piano without a teacher (you can learn some really bad technique without feedback), but I’ve always wanted to try to teach over the internet, so this will be an experiment. Perhaps I could make a way for students to send me videos and provide feedback, but I’ll have to look into that. Anyway, I’ll be streaming those sessions on Twitch, where my username is @frecklesnola. So feel free to follow along, comment, provide feedback (no one is perfect), and participate if you are interested.

Wish me luck! And please join me even if you are an experienced player and want to discuss or provide feedback.

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Announcement! Now offering instruction in additional instruments!

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I’m excited to announce today that my studio has taken on some additional instructors and we are now able to offer instruction in the following instruments:  guitar, banjo, tuba, trombone, and trumpet.  We also offer accompanying services for vocalists or instrumentalists.

So excited I could burst!