It's Back in the Saddle Again….

Posted By on March 20, 2011

Well, after a relatively calm autumn and Christmas season, musically speaking, things have certainly picked up recently. And it looks as if I will be pretty booked up until my summer vacation.

The AHQ completed a very successful tour of the USA, performing five concerts and giving three masterclasses in just under eight days. Immediately following my return home to Luxembourg, I was obligated to take my place on third horn in the OPL for rehearsals and concerts featuring Brahms 2nd and the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra.

Starting this coming Tuesday, I will be fully engaged in the production and performance of my tone poem for symphony orchestra entitled “Karankawa”. The OPL will be playing it three times next week and I have been asked to participate in an interview on stage, in Luxembourgisch. On the day of the last concert (Saturday, March 26th), our pianist Lauretta Bloomer will be joining us in Luxembourg for rehearsals for a VHD tour, which begins the very next day. The program is a good one, featuring works by Haydn, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and my old buddy, Walter Perkins. These concerts will be in Waterloo (Belgium), Den Haag and Eindhoven (both in Holland) and in Wiesbaden, Germany. Please see the calendar on this site for details.

Right on the heels of the VHD tour, it’s The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky. Kristina will be joining the mighty horn section of the OPL for this production. April 11- 21 will see Kristina and me in South Africa- on vacation!

Then it’s right back into the fire with a “Carmen” production with the OPL, and then off to Singapore with Kristina and Lauretta for concerts and other events at the 2011 Brass Explosion Festival in that wonderful and vibrant city. After about a week of recovering from jet lag back home, I will be flying off once again. This time I will be performing a recital and teaching and coaching at the Summer Music Academy 2011 on the campus of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. If you are interested in this event, please contact Carolyn Blice at On Friday, June 17th at 3:30 PM, I will be performing a 1-hour recital on which I plan to play my own Sonata for Horn and Piano as well as the Larry Lowe Sonata Nr. 1.

I thought to write this blog because it occurred to me how funny my practicing schedule is. It seems that instead of practicing each program as it arrives, I am always working on the repertoire for two or three projects down the line. Today, for example, I was working pretty hard on the program for the Music Academy at Rollins College. But even stranger, why do I hear Kristina down in the basement, practicing licks from Bruckner 7? I guess she’s doing that somewhere along the way.

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