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Strata on “Performance Today”

Strata on "Performance Today"

I was pleased to hear from the wonderful composer Dana Wilson that Strata’s performance of his spectacular trio, A Thousand Whirling Dreams, would be included during the second hour of the “Performance Today” broadcast on Friday, October 12.  You can listen to this particular edition […]

Breaking In and Conditioning New Cane Reeds

Breaking In and Conditioning New Cane Reeds

Reed companies go to great lengths to be sure their customers are receiving high quality products.  They test the pH levels of the soil in various regions where their cane is grown in order to find ideal locations and optimal harvest times.  They are constantly […]

ROCO Season 14 Kicks Off This Weekend!

ROCO Season 14 Kicks Off This Weekend!

Our 14th season of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra kicks off this weekend in Houston with concerts at the Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive) at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 21, and at The Church of St. John the Divine (2450 River Oaks Boulevard) […]

Leaving for China tomorrow!

Leaving for China tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be leaving for China, arriving in Xi’an, the capital of the Shaanxi Province, on Sunday evening.  I’ll be one of the guest artists at the Xi’an International Music Festival for five days of concerts and master classes.  My recital is Tuesday night, […]

The Importance of Daily Fundamentals

The Importance of Daily Fundamentals

I will begin this blog post about clarinet playing the same way I begin each new day with my instrument—checking in with fundamentals.  There are so many things to be aware of when making music and playing an instrument, far more than humanly possible to […]