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Michael Hovnanian formerly played bass with an orchestra located in a large midwestern city.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Week 06

October 22-29

This (last) week’s CSO program

MOZART Symphony No. 25
TURNAGE Chicago Remains
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
Bernard Haitink, Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano

This (last) week’s MOB Program

MOZART Les Petits Riens
CHARPENTIR Te Deum, H. 146
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Jane Glover, conductor
Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Amy Conn, soprano
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Harold Brock, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone
Peter Van De Graaff, bass-baritone


10-12:30 CSO rehearsal
2-5 MOB rehearsal
7:30 CSO concert (Wagner/Mahler)

12-2:30 3:30-5:30 CSO rehearsals
7-10 MOB rehearsal

10-12:30 CSO rhearsal
8 CSO concert

1:30 CSO concert
7-10 MOB rehearsal

3:30-6:30 MOB rehearsal
8 CSO concert

10-12 Chicago Bass Ensemble rehearsal
7:30 MOB concert

7:30 MOB concert

Due to a busy schedule, I’ve fallen a week behind with the blog. The CSO concerts were enjoyable. Emanuel Ax is always a pleasure. I was off the Mozart (2 basses only), so that was wonderful. The Turnage piece was also a pleasant surprise. Without it sounding derivative, I thought I detected hints of Stravinsky, Messiaen, Boulez and Zappa – all good influences in my book.

The MOB concerts are a rare diversion from the normal sort of Bach, Handel, Telemann fare. It is funny how in the German Baroque music everything in the parts is just so while a lot of this French stuff is a mess – hard to decipher roadmaps, frequent changes from Inegal to straight, none of which are in the print . But it has been an enjoyable challenge. Thanks to some top-notch soloists, this turned out to be a pretty good concert.

Yes, that is a bass quartet rehearsal at 10 AM on a Sunday. The CBE is gearing up for our big concert on November 7th, or else I would have been happily sleeping.


Tom Boyd said...

I have never used a bass for classical music. Whats it like? What is a good way of getting into it?


Michael Hovnanian said...

Depends on the music. Sometmes it's really boring, other times a lot of fun.

The best way to get started is probably to find a teacher, somebody who plays classical