What the Audience Never Hears

This weekend the Greenville Chorale and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah as part of the Artisphere Festival.  It was a moving, impressive performance, and garnered a rave review from Ann Hicks in the Greenville News.  The only real problem was with turn-out — the Peace Center looked empty.  Not that the concert was … Continue reading What the Audience Never Hears

Kindertotenlieder

Last night I performed in one of the most difficult concerts of my career.  The Children’s Hospital of Greenville holds an annual service in memorial to those children who have died in the hospital in the past year.  This year the Greenville Chorale Chamber Ensemble  was invited to sing.  The service consists of a half-hour video … Continue reading Kindertotenlieder

Nude Music Review

I love XM Radio. I used to really like Shoutcast and other online radios because I could find commercial-free streams of eclectic music.  However, since I’m paying for XM, and since I have to watch my bandwidth usage at work, I’ve been listening to it more.  One great feature both mediums share is the ability … Continue reading Nude Music Review

Rachel may cheat, but so do Rutter and Handel

Tonight the Greenville Chorale, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and Furman Children’s Chorus perform John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children”.  Also on the program is Handel’s “Dettingen Te Deum”. First a disclaimer:  This will be a wonderful concert.  Especially with the Rutter, the blend of beautiful melodies with children’s voices is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and … Continue reading Rachel may cheat, but so do Rutter and Handel

Whale Watching

In the 1980’s in South Carolina there was a really hot band called The Killer Whales. This power trio turned out originals with tight funky riffs that still sound great, and could easily blow away any of the alternative drek being churned out today.  It’s a strange twist of fate that their compadres from the … Continue reading Whale Watching

Happy Mother’s Day! Another busy, but beautiful weekend — rehearsals Friday night, Saturday morning, and a performance Saturday night occupied most of my weekend.  The music finally came together for the performance.  There were only a few glaring mistakes.  Edvard Tchzival is fun to watch from this side of the stage. I wonder if he … Continue reading

Get bit…

I went to see Bob’s band, The Copperheads for the first time last night. They were playing at a little place in Spartanburg called the Guitar Bar. It also turned out to be a birthday celebration for Roxanne. While Bob was onstage playing blues and cover tunes, Roxanne had her own floor show going, greeting … Continue reading Get bit…

Peter Yarrow

What a week. It started Monday by spending the evening with a musical legend. We went to a benefit for Max and Trudy Heller, at which Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul, and Mary, performed. The word “concert” could only loosely be applied here. The music was moving only because of its history and in the … Continue reading Peter Yarrow