I am so excited and honoured to be premiering a new concerto by Sid Robinovitch for Marimba and Vibraphone with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra at Westminster United Church on January 12, 2016. With only a week (tomorrow) left until the performance I’m starting to get into that weird space before a big show or audition where you suddenly feel like you have lots to do and also like there is nothing left to do.
I am so excited to be giving a noon hour recital at the Millennium Library in the Carol Shields Auditorium on October 1, 2015.
I will be playing a few of my favourite pieces for marimba, including pieces by Emmanuel Sejourne and Julie Spencer. I treasure these opportunities to play some piece that feel a little like old friends.
I also love taking a moment to look to the future and what is coming next, and in that spirit I have asked one of my promising students Cameron Denby to play a little something and who knows, maybe we’ll even drum up a little something to play together… Get it, drum up…?! I guess that joke would would work a little better if this was a snare drum recital… but that would not be as relaxing for a lunch hour concert…
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A blog post about a workshop on a website that is (for now) all about this workshop. I hope I’m not getting carried away but while I chew my nails through the month of June waiting for registrations to come in I thought I should maybe say a little something about why I started this workshop.
I’m looking forward to seeing Claire Ploughman perform the last movement of Sammut’s concerto for marimba entitled Sugaria. This is both a flashy and sweet piece of music and suits both the marimba and Claire’s talents at the instrument.
I am very excited to have the talented members of Architek coming back to the University of Manitoba for a masterclass with the percussion studio on April 1, 2015 at 1:30pm in the Great Hall on the U of M campus This masterclass is being presented as part of the Cluster Integrated Arts Festival and I am so glad that the U of M is able to be a part of this event and to host this quartet for a masterclass!
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“Are there female performers on all kinds of instruments? Certainly… [but] there must have been a fine spirit of enterprise in the soul of a woman who took up the study of the tympani. How many jobs are there for the female tympanist? What is the outlook for the female bassoonist? Does anyone wish to see a woman playing the bass drum or an E-flat tuba?… Well, it is a all a matter of custom. Students in such institutions as the Juilliard School of Music see women playing in their orchestra continually and think nothing of it.”
William J. Henderson, Dean of New York Music Critics was quoted making this statement in 1935.
This quote raises a few questions, and definitely my eyebrows, and I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the subject is closed, but as a woman who plays a bass drum on a regular basis, I am happy to report that, 80 years later, it doesn’t seem to bother anyone…!