Sunday, December 31, 2006

Vienna Philharmonic and Women

An extensive article about Vienna Philharmonic's policy of hiring and firing women. It is long but very interesting.

Israel Philharmonic

An Article about Israel Philharmonic's audience.
"The orchestra's resilience is matched by that of its audience. When the Philharmonic performed in Jerusalem during the first Gulf war, the audience wore gas masks. And earlier this year, at the time of the conflict in Lebanon, the orchestra was in mid-performance in Haifa when the first missiles hit the city. Nobody left the hall."

Bernard Haitink named musician of the year

Bernard Haitink is named musician of the year.
I will get a chance to be in a masterclass in Lucerne this year.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Tour photographers

Christine Marschilok(flute/piccolo) and Laura Whitehurst(violin) will be our official tour photographers.

Getting familiar with Berlin

As we prepare for our tour to Berlin I will start posting links to everything about Berlin so we can be informed travelers when we visit the home of the Berlin Philharmoniker on our first international tour from January 9-16, 2007.

Here is the Metro or subway system in Berlin of which we will make extensive use.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Our venue in Berlin

This is the website link to our performance venue in Berlin.

Scrooge visits community music works

Today, I conducted a concert with the Firebird Ensemble at Community Music Works in Providence, RI for about 200 young musicians. There is some fantastic work being done at Community Music works. Check out their website.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

internship with JFK center for the performing arts

Position: Fellowship; Internship
Institution: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Location: D.C.
Date posted: 12/11/2006

Fellowships: Kennedy Center Fellowships. The Kennedy Center Fellowship Program provides 10 highly motivated arts managers a structured blend of independent and collective learning experiences, and the opportunity to work in one of the busiest and most diverse performing arts centers. Fellowships are full-time and last 10 months (September - June). Fellows receive an annual stipend of $20,000. The application period is January 1 to April 1. Kennedy Center Internships. Over 20 college juniors, seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates are selected each semester for full-time placements in advertising, development, education, press, programming, production, technology, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $225. Application deadlines: Fall, June 15; Winter/Spring, October 25; Summer, March 1.

Phone : 202-416-8844
Fax : 202-416-8853
Ms. Patricia Mogin
Fellowship Program Assistant
John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
PO Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Mozart's entire musical score now free on Internet

You can look at Mozart's entire works online. Here is the article.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

CK in Boston

I am in Boston to conduct Jon Deak's Passion of Scrooge with the Firebird Ensemble.
Here is the info on the concert.


Saturday December 16, 2007 at 3pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

This vibrant musical work is a suspenseful, dramatic and sometimes amusing journey from past to future, during which the ten instrumentalists of the Firebird ensemble are actors as well as musicians. Soloist, Aaron Engebreth, acclaimed for his "beauty of voice and eloquence" (The Boston Globe), brings his exquisite vocal and acting abilities to multiple roles as he depicts Dickens' characters. The composer, Jon Deak with his exhilarating and animated compositional style, captures the spirit of the season and brilliantly executes the essence of this wonderful literary tale. In addition to The Passion of Scrooge by Jon Deak, the program also includes the hilarious A Not So Traditional Christmas Medley for string quintet by Cameron Wilson, and a selection of Christmas Carols for the audience to participate in, accompanied by the Firebird Ensemble.

In 2005, for the second year running, former Globe critic Richard Dyer named Firebird Ensemble's performance of The Passion of Scrooge a Critic's Pick for the holiday season, and for good reason! "Scrooge" is an exciting, vibrant musical setting of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, which is suitable for all ages and dramatically presented by the Firebird Ensemble and baritone, Aaron Engebreth.

The Boston based Firebird Ensemble has been described as "ambitious and eclectic (New York Times) and "flat out terrific" (New Music Connoisseur).

For tix and concert information call: 617-480-5112 or email:

"In the free-spirited Firebird Ensemble, Boston has its equivalent to such prominent, genre busting new-music ensembles as Eighth Blackbird or Alarm Will Sound."-Boston Globe, December 19th, 2005.