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Infamous orchestral works at Garth Newel?

As some of you might have seen, I'll be playing a duet concert this Saturday at Garth Newel, Feb.22, with Jeremy Thompson. And as some of you who have seen the program might be asking, why are we playing two works that are more often heard performed by a full...

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Inside the Music: Lera Auerbach

In 2016, I wrote an excited post about Lera Auerbach for this blog, in which I gave a very subjective listing of some facts of her life that I had deemed were fascinating. If some nonsense words from 4 years ago bring nothing to mind for you, here they are again. It's...

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Inside the Music: Stylefinder edition

by Jeannette Fang Categories are quick, but they are not always accurate, and more often than not they can be misleading. Just take a look at iTunes, where the "Classical" screen encompasses everything from albums of 17th century composer Frescobaldi to crossover acts...

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Caption Contest!

In looking over pictures from recent concerts, we came across some shots of the ridiculous variety. In trying to remember what made us do this or that bizarre thing onstage, we started wondering what you out there in the audience must have thought. And, being fans of...

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Recording Release

Our long awaited recording of Paul Moravec's Piano Quartet is finally out! We commissioned Paul Moravec to write us this work a few years back and have had a blast playing such a fantastic piece. You can listen to and download it on our store page, or any other music...

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On the upcoming pub concert: Colla, Coors, and Corn Chowder:

Every time I try to describe on this blog a piece of music we're going to perform, two things happen. I test out a bunch of words that eventually morph into pretentious sacks, and the tunes of "insufferable" and "that's not right at all" start cycling through my head...

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Literally, so many wrong notes

Why are we so hung up on wrong notes? After this year's 10-week summer season, while I did all the whoops and high fives of getting to the end without face-planting onstage, all I could think about were how many gaffs I made onstage. How many little split notes and...

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When pianists play something not written for the piano

Despite the staggering wealth of repertoire written for the piano, there comes a time when someone asks you (esteemed keyboard player) to play something written for another instrument. There's this piece we fell in love with, André Caplet's Conte Fantastique (based on...

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4 pianists walk into a bar…

Every summer at Garth Newel's there's a keyboard weekend. It a tradition that started before my hire, and it involves 3 pianists descending onto Garth Newel to join me and give the term "piano quartet" a whole new meaning. You might imagine what that might be like....

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Putting a face to what you hear

This summer is shaping up to be one full of visits from the composers of programmed pieces. This is significant because we live in a time where this doesn't actually happen very often. Most people don't realize how much of a treat it is to actually put a face behind...

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Unapologetically Yours

by Jeannette Fang I've been noticing more and more musicians saying that they don't enjoy the spotlight. I don't know if this is becoming a trend or not, it's just something I've been paying greater attention to the more I've been thinking about what performing means...

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