I’m going to share something that until now I haven’t been very public about. I woke up one morning in April 2020 without feeling in my ring and pinky fingers on my left hand. This did not improve on its own, so for the rest of 2020 my resting hand position looked like a half-claw,Continue reading “Elements III – Ryan Leonard”
The final piece for Friday’s virtual concert is the Prokofiev Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Bass. It’s a real barn-burner and takes a ton of skill to perform live, let alone in individual home studios. My goal for this concert was to feature my colleagues who are both regular members of the IncidentalContinue reading “Elements III: Prokofiev”
Mark Fromm (picture 3) has prepared an introduction for our third piece on the program, his composition titled Silent Spring for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Piano (picture 2) which will run on Friday’s virtual I.C.Players concert. I.C.Players embarked on this Elements project with a direct eye on the 2019 University of Pittsburgh Gender EquityContinue reading “Elements III: Mark Fromm”
Next up for Friday’s Virtual the Incidental Chamber Players concert Elements III is Rebecca Clarke’s Duo for Clarinet and Viola. A virtuoso violist herself, Clarke wrote comparatively few works under her own name (at times she would submit works in competitions under both hers and a male pseudonym, with the fictional male composer’s works beingContinue reading “Elements III: Rebecca Clarke”
This concert is about centering both my performing and composing colleagues as central relationships to the Elements that make up my musical life. Today’s entry is focused on “Prelude for Solo Piano” by Andrew Griffin. I met Andrew when we were both freshman at Carnegie Mellon studying music performance. Besides playing memorable orchestra concerts aroundContinue reading “Elements III: Andrew Griffin”
This Friday, May 14 presented by the Incidental Chamber Players featuring music by Rebecca Clarke, Sergei Prokofiev, Andrew Griffin and Mark Fromm. Each day this week leading up until Friday I’ll be sharing my inspiration for this program. It’s free! While you’re at it, stream Elements II until this Thursday by Amaury Morales!