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

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday, July 18

1:30-4 Rehearsal
Program B - Gala
Conlon, Norman, Wall, O'Connor, Griffey,
Robinson, *** Symphony Chorus
BEETHOVEN
COPLAND
COPLAND

7 Concert
Program B - Gala
Conlon, Norman, Wall, O'Connor, Griffey,
Robinson, *** Symphony Chorus
SMITH
COPLAND
COPLAND
BEETHOVEN

I'm off this concert!


speeches and music
my oil and water cocktail
good day to stay home

Friday, July 17

off

no concert today
bike leaning in the garage
legs and ears weary

Thursday, July 16

11-1:30 Rehearsal
Ravinia C
Conlon
MAHLER

2:30-5 Rehearsal
Conlon
MAHLER
BEETHOVEN

final symphony
the composer says goodbye
rehearsal endless

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wednesday, July 15

2:30-5 Rehearsal
Ravinia A
Conlon, Ohlsson
SCHUMANN
PROKOFIEV
WAGNER

8 Concert
Ravinia A
Conlon, Ohlsson
WAGNER
SCHUMANN
INTERMISSION
PROKOFIEV

serge prokofiev
sometimes the thing of beauty
is hard to endure

and here's a better one from my friend Max

Prokofiev Fifth
wonderful woodblock writing
viola, less so

Tuesday, July 14

off

Ravinia stage
the acoustical science
theater of pain

Ravinia, week 02

Concerts this (last )week

A Wednesday, July 15
Wagner - “Siegfried’s Funeral March” from Götterdämmerung
Schumann -Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100
James Conlon, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

B Saturday, July 18
Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
Copland - Lincoln Portrait
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 ( Choral)
James Conlon, conductor
*** Symphony Chorus
Erin Wall, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor
Morris Robinson, bass
Jessye Norman, narrator

C Sunday, July 19
Mahler - Symphony No. 9 in D Major
James Conlon, conductor

Monday, July 13
off

fall behind again
Haiku – Bruckner melodies
fleeting in the mind

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sunday, July 12

12:30-3 Rehearsal
Ravinia C
Conlon, Fried
TCHAIKOVSKY
TCHAIKOVSKY
TCHAIKOVSKY

5 Concert
Please note: live cannons during 1812
Overture
Ravinia C
Conlon, Fried
TCHAIKOVSKY
INTERMISSION
TCHAIKOVSKY
TCHAIKOVSKY


the year that was

famous overture
battle scarred – mighty number
bad time for my ears

Saturday, July 11

off


screens beside the stage
heads turned see only the thing
right in front of them

Monday, July 13, 2009

Friday, July 10

2:30-5 Rehearsal
Ravinia B
Conlon, DeYoung, Skelton
MENDELSSOHN
MAHLER

8 Concert
Ravinia B
Conlon, DeYoung, Skelton
MENDELSSOHN
INTERMISSION
MAHLER


the beat elusive
hopeful glance at podium
gone before I played

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9

10-12:30 Rehearsal
Ravinia B
Conlon, DeYoung, Skelton
MAHLER


bird above the stage
singing with the orchestra
this year - still not deaf

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Wednesday, July 8

day off



lengthy Adagio
right on time – the train whistle
never so welcome

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Tuesday, July 7

2:30-5 Rehearsal
Ravinia A
Conlon, Bronfman
MENDELSSOHN
BRAHMS

8:00 Concert
Ravinia A
Conlon, Bronfman
SMITH
MENDELSSOHN
INTERMISSION
BRAHMS

parking lot soliloquy

slow people walking
right in front of my bumper
what if I nudge them?

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Welcome Back

Ravinia week 1

Concerts this week

A Tuesday July 7, 8 PM
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
James Conlon, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

B Friday July 10, 8 PM
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 ("Italian")
Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth")
James Conlon, conductor
Michelle DeYoung,mezzo-soprano
Stuart Skelton,tenor

C Sunday, July 12, 5 PM
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite No. 1
Tchaikovsky - “1812” Festival Overture, Op. 49 (with live cannons)
James Conlon, conductor
Miriam Fried,violin


Monday, July 6
2-4:30 Rehearsal
Ravinia A
MENDELSSOHN
BRAHMS

I'm off concert A. Also, since I'm quite busy these days with non bass blog activities, I'm going to have to limit the amount of writing I do. With that in mind, all posts about this season at Ravinia will be in Haiku form.


first day

thrumming cicadas
heat waves on asphalt – the guard
wary of my bike