Musings

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.  

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!

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.  

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)!

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.

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.  ^_^

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.

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!

Dates:
October 20-22 & October 26-29
FSU Fallon of Theatre
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Breezes with the Winds

Tallahassee Winds had their opening concert for the 2017-2018 season on Tuesday, September 26th. We welcome Julia Baumanis as the Graduate Guest Conductor for this semester.  She’s doing a great job in creating balance within the ensemble and extracting musical shape and nuance from the players.

Tallahassee Breezes Debut

Tallahassee Breezes, the Tallahassee Clarinet Choir, had its debut concert Monday, August 28, 2017 at Westminster Oaks.  It was an evening filled with music and educational tidbits ranging from music, composers, and the various clarinets.  We had a great crowd and the choir (and our guest percussionist) played wonderfully.