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Michael Hovnanian plays bass in an orchestra located in a large midwestern city.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

This week

This week’s CSO program

Zimmermann Stillness and Return
Schütz Psalm 100: Jauchzet dem Herren, SWV 36
INTERMSION
Rihm Das Lesen der Schrift
Brahms A German Requiem
Kent Nagano conductor
Celena Shafer soprano
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus

This week’s Ars Viva program

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty
Igor Stravinsky Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss
Alan Heatherington, conductor
Andrew Mariano piano (winner of the Steinway Concerto Competition)

Monday
off

Tuesday
1:30-3:30 4:30-7 CSO rehearsals

Wednesday
1:30-3:30 4:30-7 CSO rehearsals

Thursday
2-5 Ars Viva rehearsal
8 CSO concert

Friday
8 CSO concert (run out to Madison WI)

Saturday
2-5 Ars Viva rehearsal

8 CSO concert

Sunday
12-3 Ars Viva rehearsal
4 Ars Viva concert


Monday
7:30 Ars Viva concert

Run out concerts are generally a drag – most of a day wasted. I’ve all but given up traveling with the orchestra on tours and run outs. Although I generally love all my colleagues, finding myself trapped with them on a bus or airplane sometimes severely tests those feelings. Run out concerts are an opportunity to take a road trip with my good friend and colleague Max Raimi. We each bring a few CDs for the trip and it’s a nice time. Most of my life takes place in the narrow strip of land along the Chicago lakefront between my house and orchestra hall, so taking a drive is a nice change of pace.

Some of that Ars Viva repertoire looks suspiciously like what the CSO performed two weeks ago…

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