Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Carter

Just finished up the Elliot Carter Festival at NEC. Tonight is the last of the concerts. Just in time for stage extension and risers for other groups, both renters and conservatory groups.

The usual contemporary music "madness"...lids off pianos, lots of percussion, 500 pound harpsichord being moved all around the building.

Most of the groups were small though, so luckily we had lots of space to work with on the stage. Mr. Cater even made an appearance for a panel discussion yesterday. Apparently his comments, jokingly, was that there was way too much of his music being played, the program cover art made him look like an architect, and it sounded better than he expected (whether in reference to his music that he wrote, I don't know.)

Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Carter.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hangin' with Leonard Nimoy

Yesterday, I finished up a project I had been working on for a few months....

It was concert for the anniversary of the Jewish "Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass".

My first gig outside of Boston, thought not so far away. It was at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.

A really nice space, but has horrible green rooms. Conveniently locate by the train station and giant mall. All the union guys and the general manager were great.

I had worked with the stage director, the sound tech, and the lighting tech all before, so despite the madness of an orchestra, 8+ choirs, children's choirs, etc., it all went off well. Plus I had the help of two great Assistant Stage Managers, Ruthie and Jessica.

The only snafu was the conductor forgot the encore!

Did I mention Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) was the narrator!?

Totally cool to meet him, and be his stage manager.

I'm such a Trekkie.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Recap: Ditson

This little article has a review of two of the concerts I worked at the ICA. One featuring a photo of Mr. Jeff Means, an up and coming conductor.

Otherwise, the festival was a success from all apparent views. (And the new ICA has a FANTASTIC view!)

I had a 5 hour day, a 6.5 hour day, and 11 hour day, and two 15 hour days.

Needless to say I was beat.

I did enjoy seeing the usual suspects. A lot of them asked me if I was playing hookie from NEC. To which, I responded, "Yes."

I had a good time working with the crew at ICA as well.

Of course, I got back to the regular job, and there was a ton of drama. Great.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Ditson at the ICA

Ditson Contemporary Music Festival--

This is what I'll be working on this coming week.

Plus some work at NEC, though I've taken a few days off to traverse to the ICA.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Back to Life, Back to Reality.

Summer is over...unofficially.

School is back in sessions, students are swarming.

After the first three weeks of being back into the swing of things, I have a feeling it will be an interesting season.

More soon.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ode To Joy (Muppet's style)

After all the orchestra rehearsals that I have heard, sometimes they feel like this.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More cowbell.

Today, we had youth orchestra rehearsal in the hall.

One of the pieces was written by the conductor and is titled "JewOrleans March".

There is a small kickset used in the piece, during rehearsal I heard the conductor stop, and tell the percussionist.....

"Need more cowbell. Really have to be able to hear it over the other instruments. Even more cowbell, please."

I kid you not.

Even better, none of the kids even laughed, I think they are too young to get it!

It was pretty awesome to hear "more cowbell" in my hall.

So...I guess I do listen to classical music.

I've been getting back into the "blogging thing" again, and after dusting this one off, I realize the title might be a bit misleading for a few reasons.

1. I work in this field. I'm am surrounded by music, but usually it is just "background music". So technically, some part of my brain, at least the subconscious is hearing it.

2. After clearing and synching my iPOD, I've discover a few classical music treats have managed to find their way onto my iPod.

I've got Holst's Planets and Barber's Adagio.

The Holst recording I have was done with the Chicago Symphony conducted by James Levine, who looks to making a good recovery from recent surgery.

Both of these specific recordings were recommended by my friend Tom, when early on my days at NEC, I attempted to get a a little music appreciation. I also have a Beethoven Symphony 5 done by the BPO, or at least their conductor Ben Zander, and obtained at a BPO Gala, and has the Arthur Anderson logo on the the back. I'm keeping that one purely for that ironic logo.

"Helping you in ways you never imagined", was their motto right?

Thursday, July 17, 2008


In my feeble attempt to keep up with regular blogging, posting, and what-nots, here I go with some randomness.

This is an ad for the New England Aquarium's newest exhibit: Sharks and Rays. Featuring a little Photoshop on another Boston locale: The Hatchshell.


After living in Boston for almost 12 years, I find this amusing. At least the marine biologist in me does.


A pig who doesn't like to get dirty....his farmer/owner got him some boots, cause he was refusing to play with the other piglets.



Thursday, May 29, 2008

30 years down.....

....and a few more to go.

I hope.

I turned the big "3-0" a few days ago. I aged in style, in the Turks and Caicos.

I couldn't think of a better way to "age gracefully".

It's a significant birthday, so I plan on starting it off right: make better decisions, be more financially secure, travel even more, and a few other personal goals.

Cheers! to anyone else who turns "30" this year, or had a birthday on May 26.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hello, 2008! How are you?

I haven't posted on this blog since October 2007.

What a lazy ass am I?

Shamelesss plug..... check out my friend Aaron's new blog Paper and Plastic.

Here is some fat kitty goodness as well.