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Sondheim’s “Company” – Opening Night @ QMT!

It’s opening night at Quincy Music Theatre (QMT) for Stephen Sondheim’s Company!  This cast is filled with fantastic local talent.  Today marks the first of six performances (June 7-16) and I encourage you to come check it out if you can.  

Company is based on a series of 11 one act plays written by George Furth regarding marriage in New York.  It focuses on a character named Robert/Bobby (played by Michael “Doc” Dean who does a spectacular job) who wakes up on his 35th birthday and contemplates his life, relationships, and the thought of marriage.  The musical is based on his memories, which skips forwards and backwards in time.  It’s not your traditional story line or musical, but it definitely gets you thinking not only about the purpose of marriage or if it’s right for you, but also how time has changed, even in the last decade!  

I’m glad to be a part of this great production.  First musical I’ve played in that uses Eb clarinet and it’s fun/cheesy stuff (right up my alley). I’m playing the Reed 1 book on alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet, and flute. Definitely working my flute chops in this one!


Patricia Crispino

Tallahassee Breezes Members’ Recital

Post concert photo
Left to right: Jeff Drawbaugh, Mike Garrison, Ken Brodhead, Carol Marchant, Cathy Ray, Patti Brownstein, Gary Zirin, Patricia Crispino, Judy Stone, Ginny Densmore, Tomoka Brady, Millie Fryman, Noelle Enright, Molly Creel

I am super proud of everyone who played at the Tallahassee Breezes Members’ Recital today! Many stepped outside of their comfort zones, conquered their stage freight, and performed a solo/chamber work (possibly for the first time in years) with great zeal and musicality. It’s obvious that a lot of work went into it and I could not be happier with everyone’s performance! There is so much talent in this group and I’m glad we were able to show that off. Congratulations on a job well done!

Patricia Crispino

Long Time No Type!

It sure has been a while since I’ve updated!  A lot has happened since December 11, 2017!

February was a busy month with work, Addams Family, and a Tallahassee Winds concert.  I had the opportunity to play the Reed 2 (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax) book for the FSU Theatre production of The Addams Family.  The book was a lot of fun to play, the music was great, the show was hilarious, and the cast was absolutely fantastic!  Probably one of the best pit shows I have done so far in my lifetime.  

Patricia Crispino

Holiday Concert

Tallahassee Breezes will be giving a free holiday concert on Tuesday, December 12th and Sunday, December 17th.  Both concerts start at 7pm.  The first concert is at Mulligan Park, a new retirement community in Tallahassee, and the second concert is at Westminster Oaks. If you are available, stop by for an hour of fun!

Patricia Crispino

We Have a Winner

After much playing I decided to go with one of the Selmer C*s.  Go figure; what I originally did not like ended up being the one I picked!  I recorded myself playing on the various mouthpieces and it still amazes me how different something sounds from a distance verses up close.  I guess the more you practice in an enclosed space, the more you get used to hearing yourself a certain way.  I definitely need to record myself more often!

What I liked about the C* was the diversity of color I could get.  

Patricia Crispino

Alto Sax Mouthpieces

I’m excited to share that I finally own a saxophone of my own (Yamaha 875EX Custom Alto Sax) and am looking forward to bringing my sax chops back to the forefront.  Special thanks goes to my mother who graciously assisted in this major purchase.  I’m very happy with this horn and am looking forward to future events with Jethro (looking at you A Christmas Story and Addams Family)!

Patricia Crispino

A Little Lunch Music

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, GA (Auburn University) hosts a wonderful series called A Little Lunch Music.  Dali Duo had the pleasure of partaking in this series yesterday with works by Muczynski, Milhaud, Burgmuller, and Poulenc.  It was a wonderfully intimate setting and we enjoyed performing for this audience.

Patricia Crispino

Everybody, Meet Evelyn

After much playing, listening, and trying them out with a former teacher, I decided to keep one of the RCs.  I felt that this particular clarinet projected well and played in tune with itself.  I’m happy with the sound I get, the response, the intonation, and how it feels.  I look forward to seeing what’s in store for Evelyn and me in the near future.  ^_^

Patricia Crispino

Eefer Time

I started playing Eb clarinet my last year at Central Washington University.  I performed in a chamber ensemble for Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis, which featured the bassoon in an Elvis costume. I don’t have a recording of that performance, but if you have not heard the piece before you can watch this fun recording of the piece.

Patricia Crispino

Guys & Dolls – Opening Night

Tonight is opening night for Guys & Dolls at FSU School of Theatre!  It’s great to play in the Fallon Theatre Pit again; glad to be back! The cast sounds fantastic so if you’re looking for something fun to do the next two weekends and you are able, I highly recommend you check it out!

October 20-22 & October 26-29
FSU Fallon of Theatre
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Patricia Crispino