An informal program of pieces for solo viola played via livestream by Oregon Symphony Assistant principal violist Charles Noble.
On Wednesday, April 1st at 5:00PM PDT I’ll be playing a set of solo pieces for viola on artslandia’s happy hour Facebook Live series. Instead of having a virtual tip jar for myself, a link to the Oregon Symphony’s donation page will be set up instead. I hope you can make it – it’s very nerve-wracking for me: it’s been years since I’ve played a solo recital, and doing so in my own studio without a visible audience promises to be very strange as well, but I’ve got a nice little selection of pieces picked out, and a Top Ten List of viola jokes for good measure! Please join me, and send a little love in the Oregon Symphony’s direction as well, if you’re able!
I just passed my 72nd day of my physical therapy regimen, and my stamina on the instrument is increasing. I’m playing the first half of this week’s Mahler concert, and hope to be back full time the following week. It finally feels like I can safely look forward to what the rest of the season will bring, and what projects I might pursue on my own as well.
I’m in the process of looking at repertoire for a recital in the spring – I’m not sure when it will happen, it may end up being in June instead, but it’s good to have a goal to push one’s self to work toward. I’m looking at some old friends: Hindemith, Brahms, and Clarke. Some younger friends, too: Penderecki, Rochberg, Ott, Chang, Higdon, and Tower. And some more recent acquaintances that I need to learn and make friends with: Muhly, Ran, Nichols, Bunch, Watras, Garrop, and Gibson, among many, many others. It may be that this is the foundation for a yearly recital journey – who knows?
If you’re a composer who has written a piece for solo viola or for viola and piano, or viola, voice, and piano, please drop me a line (via the ‘contact me’ menu tab above) and alert me to your website and/or examples of your work, I’d love to see and hear it!