The Durham Symphony will be holding their annual Young Artists Competition at the Durham Arts Council on December 12, 2009. Applications are due by November 27, 2009. This competition allows classical musicians ages 13-21 to compete to play solo with the Durham Symphony in their 2010 spring concert. This will be the Durham Symphony’s first Young Artists concert with their new conductor William Henry Curry. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this competition, please send them over to the Durham Symphony website for full details.
The Christmas season is upon us and that means Christmas concerts. This weekend there are three performances of the entire Handel’s Messiah by the Duke Chapel Choir at Duke Chapel. In addition the Durham Symphony will be performing their annual holiday pops concert at the Carolina Theater on Friday evening. Featuring former Miss NC Elizabeth Grayson and guest conductor Fouad Fakhouri the Durham Symphony will perform Christmas favorites along with Beethoven’s first symphony. The concert starts at 7pm and tickets can be bought at the door or online at the Durham Symphony website. There will also be a silent auction at intermission to raise money for the symphony.
I went to the Obama rally at UNC last week and had a great time. Unfortunately, it went very late and I didn’t get to bed until 2am which wiped me out for basically the rest of the week. Obama is a fabulous orator and really knows how to work a crowd. As a Christian, I was a bit disappointed that the event started with an extremely long prayer. I’d much rather see him upholding separation of church and state. But, that’s not enough of an annoyance to make a big difference.
Last Tuesday evening, I went to the meeting about the future American Tobacco Trail bridge over I-40. Architecht/Engineer Steven Grover showed off a bunch of designs that were rejected and then 3 that were still in contention: a truss bridge like the one in Raleigh, an arched bridge, and a cabled stayed bridge that I really like. Everything on the cable stayed bridge evokes triangles and for a bridge in the heart of the Triangle I think it’s really appropriate. I hope that’s what we go for.
This weekend was the Strawberry Festival for Central Park School for Children. I spent the morning scooping strawberries onto shortcake and then wandered around with my son until heading home to change into a tuxedo and pick up my double bass for the Durham Symphony Orchestra concert at the farmer’s market at Durham Central Park. We had a very large crowd and except for a bit of wind had a good concert. I’m really looking forward to the fall when the symphony starts back up. We’ve got a good slate of guest conductors for the upcoming year and I’m really looking forward to see what they will do.
Tonight, I helped setup the polling place at the school of Science & Math. I’ll be there tomorrow from 6am until at least 7:30pm as an election judge. If you have already voted, great! If you have not, please make sure to go vote tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, but please do go vote.
Assuming I’m not completely wiped tomorrow night, I’ll have more information about how tomorrow goes.
At the Durham Symphony Orchestra rehearsal tonight we had our first guest conductor: Andrew McAfee. He’s the former principal horn player for the North Carolina Symphony and is now apparently working on his Master’s degree in conducting. Tonight was his first rehearsal with the Durham Symphony. Beforehand he had sent out a schedule of what we were going to work on when and by and large he stuck to it. Since this was our first rehearsal for our upcoming pops concerts, tonight was mainly about site reading the pieces and making notes on what to work on before the next rehearsal next week. All in all, I think he did a pretty good job and should do very well conducting our upcoming concerts.
Another interesting bit of information that was announced at the DSO rehearsal tonight was that we had apparently received 96 applications (with accompanying DVDs of their work) for the position of DSO conductor! The search committee has now winnowed that down to 10 and will be looking to reduce it even further down to 4 and invite those top 4 to guest conduct during the next season. I have no idea who the candidates are but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing who the search committee picks.
So, I’m fairly bad at posting regularly to blogs, so let’s see if I can start fixing that.
This Sunday afternoon, February 17th at 5:30pm the Durham Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert at the Carolina Theater in Durham. This concert features the winners of their Young Artists Competition performing works from Brahms, Haydn, and Chauson. In addition, the orchestra will perform “Jubilation – An Overture” by Robert Ward and Symphony #7 by Beethoven. It should be a very interesting concert and I’m not just saying that because I play string bass with them!
The next Sunday afternoon, February 24th, at 3pm, the Durham Symphony will be presenting another concert, this one free, at the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center in Durham. It will be presented with the Durham Children’s Choir and will feature the same Ward and Beethoven along with the Finale from Hansel and Gretel by Englebert Humperdinck and “other concert favorites”. A poster for this concert can be found here.