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

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Week 04

October 7-13

This week’s CSO programs
Friday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 16

FAURÉ Sicilienne from Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 80
DEBUSSY Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
INTERMISSION
ADAMS Harmonielehre
David Robertson, conductor
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14

FAURÉ Sicilienne from Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 80
DEBUSSY Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
INTERMISSION
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)
David Robertson, conductor
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Monday
off

Tuesday
off

Wednesday
off

Thursday
10-12:30 1:30-3:30 CSO rehearsals

Friday
10-12:30 CSO rehearsal
8 CSO concert

Saturday
11-1 CSO rehearsal
2 CSO concert (Day of Music)

Sunday
3 CSO concert (run out to East Lansing MI)

The orchestra has a few much-needed days off to get over jet lag and otherwise recover from the tour.

Macy’s Day of Music began life as the Marshall Field’s day of music and originally went for a full twenty four hours. I heard that by about 4 AM the only audience to speak of consisted of some very unsavory characters so the ‘day’ was wisely cut back. Still, it is a great opportunity for the CSO to connect with the people of our city and it is heartening to see the line to get into a classical music concert stretching around the block.

Yes, that is a run out concert on Sunday, a particularly cruel thing to do to an orchestra that spent the last two weeks climbing on and off busses, trains, and airplanes, but there you have it. On top of that, the split programs, requiring a much-hated Saturday rehearsal, insure the entire weekend gets spoiled. Players who might have wanted some weekend time with their families will have to wait another week. One might think that after two weeks away, the city of Chicago might deserve a few CSO concerts, but East Lansing beckons and off we run.

2 comments:

Jacque said...

How was it playing Harmonilelehre?

Michael Hovnanian said...

I'm not a fan of Adams' large orchestral works.

'nuf said.