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what I would have been playing this week – 1/18/21 edition

1/22/21 – An African American Requiem

William Eddins, conductor
The African American Requiem Choir, 
featuring Resonance Ensemble, Kingdom Sound Gospel Ensemble, and members of regional choirs
Katherine FitzGibbon, 
chorusmaster
Brandie Sutton, soprano
Karmesha Peake, mezzo-soprano
Bernard Holcomb, tenor
Kenneth Overton, baritone
S. Renee Mitchell, poet and narrator
Oregon Symphony

Damien Geter: An African American Requiem (World premiere)

Not playing this concert just makes me so sad, especially given the repeated instances of violence and injustice towards people of color in our country. Never has this piece been so needed and so relevant. I’m glad that it has been rescheduled and will receive its world premiere next season.


1/23-24/21 – The Goonies in Concert

I love playing the movie concerts! They can be hard work, but playing a beloved movie with a wonderful score while the audience thoroughly enjoys itself is a great time for us in the orchestra. I have to admit that I’m not in the Goonies Generation, but this would have been fun, just for the cosplay in the audience alone!

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what I would have been playing this week – 1/11/21 edition

I’ve decided to start a new weekly feature – What I Would Have Been Playing This Week (or WWIBPTW) – as I’m starting to re-mourn my loss of orchestral and in-person concert experiences.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Prokofiev: 
Violin Concerto No. 1
Tania León: Stride (Oregon Symphony commission)
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

This would have been a lot of fun. Our concertmaster Sarah Kwak would have been the soloist in the Prokofiev. Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is one that I haven’t done enough to get tired of, and it has some great licks in it for our bassoons! I was also really looking forward to the Tania León commission as well, I’d been hearing great things about it. And the Enescu is a wonderful piece with a really nice viola solo.