Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bert Lucarelli's Memiors

I had the pleasure to read Bert Lucarelli's memoirs.  Styled as "conversations," anyone who had the pleasure of working with or spending time with the professor would really enjoy reading about his philosophy and approach to music and life. 

There are lots of ways for young musicians to get their career going.  Bert made the decision not to take non-music jobs.  His view was that if he was going to be a musician, he was going to be a musician.  That being said, he also was clear that performing is performing, regardless of whether that is as a soloist, ensemble member, chamber music, or playing Ice Capades (yup, look for that story in here).  Even the title - We Can't Always Play Waltzes - is charming when you read that vignette. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Great Performances to Feature Ellis Island: The Dream of America by Peter Boyer

PBS’s Great Performances will be recording Ellis Island: The Dream of America by Peter Boyer (MM, DMA in Composition from Hartt) for an upcoming broadcast.  This performance by the Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Festival has been in the planning phase for two years.  This is definitely and exciting and well-deserved performance for Peter.
Here is a story in the Orange County Register.
This wonderful work is for orchestra, narrators and projected images.  The case for this performance includes:
  • Tony Award-winning Barry Bostwick (“Spin City,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the original Broadway “Grease”)
  • Emmy- and Golden-winning Camryn Manhein (”The Practice,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Elvis”)
  • Michael Nouri (“Flashdance,” “The Proposal,” “Finding Forrester,” “Damages”)
  • Lesley Fera (“Pretty Little Liars,” “24,” “CSI Miami”)
  • Samantha Sloyan (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Hush”)
  • Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (“Our Idiot Brother,” “Lazy Eye”)
  • Kira Sternbach (“Neighbors,” “My Normal”)