Criss-Crossing through Manhattan

Two days after our season ends in Houston and I’m on a plane to New York with fellow KINETIC musician, Giancarlo. We’re on a mission to meet and observe East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) as they rehearse for their upcoming concert tour. This is the first of several “field” trips we’ll be...

May Marks & Summer Travels

May is just around the corner, and is a significant month for me for several reasons: It marks the end of my three-year Doctoral coursework at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, a period of time that has been all at once challenging, multi-faceted, overwhelming, and more rewarding than I...

The Multi-faceted Leonard Bernstein

These program notes were written for my performance of Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion with the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra on April 17, 2016. “We finally did it, by sheer dint, rehearsal all afternoon the day of the concert, after which I rushed around Genoa looking for a...

Storytelling, Borrowing & Dance

These program notes were written for my Solo Doctoral Recital on Friday, March 18, 2016. Storytelling, Borrowing and Dance. These three themes thread tonight’s program together, manifesting themselves through the music in various ways. Tracing each one reveals just how intricately they are all interwoven together among the pieces: Stravinsky’s...