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time for a break

Last night, as violist of the Arnica Quartet, I took part in a mini-concert of two Beethoven works for string quartet. You can find the archived concert video below (missing the 1st movement of the Op. 18 No 2 due to some technical issues).

Now it’s time for me to take a bit of a performance break. I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in a variety of performances, both solo and chamber music, since April of this year, which I’m very grateful for. But I need some time to recharge and see what might be coming up next. My poor viola has a wealth of minor wounds accumulated over well over 10 years of heavy professional playing, and so it will go to my trusted local luthier for some TLC.

After repairs are complete, I might go back to basics and work on some technical stuff with my playing that also is in need of repair (lots of that!), and perhaps re-learn some old repertoire and absorb some new as well.

I’ll find stuff to write about in the meantime. Maybe some brief musical history essays, some thoughts about new recordings that I’ve come across, and more than a few about the future of my industry as the pandemic stretches on here in the US.

Stay tuned!

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arnica quartet gives gift to Salem audience

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the orchestra world

chamber music ftw*

There has been a lot of chamber music in my life lately, and that isn’t likely to change soon. And that’s a very good thing!

Arnica String Quartet

Last Sunday, the Arnica String Quartet played our first concert with founding cellist Heather Blackburn back in her rightful spot. It was for the wonderful Camerata Musica series in Salem, Oregon. We played music of Mozart (two of his final “Prussian” quartets) and Arriaga (his first quartet). When we originally planned this season’s programs, we decided to do some of what we thought would be less challenging repertoire. Mozart is hardly less challenging in some ways, especially musically, but technically it can be a bit less demanding than late Beethoven, Bartók, or contemporary pieces. It made for a nice way to gradually get the quartet back into the swing of things after a couple years without all of our regular members present.