Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope everyone is finally healthy; it was a rough winter in that way. It is time to mark down our performance class schedule.
As you know, it is always better to mark your calendar in pencil, rather than pen. We begin lessons on Saturday, Jan. 9. Our performance classes are as follows:
Saturdays 1/23, 2/20, 3/19, 4/16, 5/14. Our Recital will be
Sunday, May 15 at 2.
I won’t be teaching Saturday class on the Saturday before Easter, 3/26, but do plan to teach on the Saturdays of MLK Day Weekend (1/16) and
Presidents’ Day Weekend (Feb. 13). Passover Saturdays TBA.
Bruce and I will be taking short trips this semester, but usually during the week, so your private lessons may at times be rescheduled, but the Saturdays look pretty straightforward.
I am very excited about working with you this winter. You are all progressing. Please have a healthy, safe, happy 2016 filled with great music and violin playing!
P.S. Someone sent us a gorgeous basket of Italian food, but it came without a card. If you are responsible, please let me know because we would like to thank you!
Hi, Students and Parents,
I am thrilled about our winter recital on Sunday. You are all growing into wonderful musicians, and I am proud of each one of you. Thank you for the party you made possible afterward. We are a true community.
You have been most patient this week. I cancelled lessons because we’ve been sick with the flu. I do plan to teach tomorrow, though, and I invite you to reschedule your cancelled lessons for this weekend and/or this coming week, in spite of it being Christmas week. I’ll return to teaching on January 8th. I will happily teach any of you that weekend who find this too long a break. We have a number of trips to make this holiday, and it can’t be helped.
Hoping to see you soon!
Please congratulate our Anna Hall, Rebecca Hall, and Selena Janzen for their participation at the Mary West Competition. And come hear Selena play Nigun by Bloch in the Winners’ Recital this Sunday! Also playing will be Katia Tesarczyk and Alec Witherspoon, former students of mine who study with Sally O’Reilly. And known to all of you from past chamber concerts here are Nygel Witherspoon on cello and Louisa Woodfull-Harris, the Grand Prize Winner. More info at:
www.MNSOTA.org reminders – Mary West Competition Winners
Patricia and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s Violin Concerto on November 5th.
Michael Hersch shares his thoughts on this new composition:
Violin Concerto (2015)
The violin has always held a special place for me. I have come back to the instrument more than any other during my life as a composer (even though I am a pianist). To write a work for Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has been a tremendous honor. The concerto continues a series of works I’ve written in response to the death of a dear friend whose passing occurred now over five years ago. While time does often heal, or at least calm the immediacy of grief’s presence, it has not in this case. If anything, with the passage of time I miss her more and the sensation of a void remains acute. The concerto is in four movements. The first and last movements are brief – serving essentially as prelude and postlude. These movements are only several minutes each. The interior movements are longer – the second movement approximately 7 minutes, and the third movement some 14 minutes. While composing the second movement I thought often of a bronze sculpture by the Pennsylvania sculptor Christopher Cairns which he calls Stanchion. For some reason the figure kept coming to mind as I wrote that particular movement. During the writing of the third movement, fragments from Thomas Hardy’s poems A Commonplace Day and The Church and the Wedding provided inspiration:
The day is turning ghost …
I part the fire-gnawed logs,
Rake forth the embers, spoil the busy flames, and lay the ends
Upon the shining dogs;
Further and further from the nooks the twilights’s stride extends,
And beamless black impends …
And when the nights moan like the wailings
Of souls sore-tried,
The folk say who pass the church-palings
They hear inside
Strange sounds of anger and sadness
That cut the heart’s core,
And shaken words bitter to madness;
And then no more
Thanks for practicing, kids!
with Liz Ericksen, President of the Minnesota chapter of ASTA