I will be in Brainerd, MN this weekend for the Lakes Area Music Festival. If you are interested in hearing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, among other pieces, come for the 3pm concert on Sunday the 3rd at the Tornstrom Auditorium - 804 Oak Street, Brainerd! I know it will be an outstanding performance and a great weekend of live music.
Two more upcoming performance updates -
"Rainy Days & Mondays" a stunning tribute to The Carpenters, the biggest-selling group of the 70's.
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Friday and Saturday, November 15-16
Bedřich Smetana’s Opera The Bartered Bride at the University of Minnesota (Ted Mann Concert Hall)
Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 24 at 1:30 pm
Support live music! :)
I have two upcoming performances with Five By Design playing alto sax, clarinet, and flute -
Friday, November 1st at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls, WI
Saturday, November 3rd at the Lucille Tack Center in Spencer, WI
Come hear the great music in "Club Swing!"
Lately, the importance of promoting live music has been on my mind (mostly because of the Minnesota Orchestra musician lockout). I am just as guilty of wasting time on YouTube as anyone else. YouTube is great, but it will never be able to replace what live music does for people and for communities (try google searching "benefits of live music" if you are unconvinced!). I am constantly thinking about ways to promote live music, and for now the best way I can think of is to perform as much as possible and to make sure people around me know what I am up to. Let me know if you have more ideas of how to promote live music.
Here are two FREE concerts I am involved in this weekend. Please attend and bring people - especially people who haven't had many opportunities to hear live music:
University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra - TODAY! Friday, October 11th at 7:30pm in Ted Mann Concert Hall
Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber
Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Beethoven's Symphony No. 8
Power of 10 - Saturday, October 12th at the Santorini in Eden Prairie, MN at 9pm
R&B, funk, dance, and more commercial music
There are always plenty of opportunities to hear live music if you live in the Twin Cities area. Don't miss out!
I had the opportunity to attend a performance in St. Paul today that has been sold out for quite some time. The program featured the Pacifica Quartet and included clarinetist Anthony McGill for the Mozart Quintet and the Brahms Quintet in B Minor. Anthony McGill is the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. I have his CD and am fascinated by his very refined sound. Hearing him live was even more impressive. It is difficult trying to find words to describe his sound, but it is very legato, even, and focused, which worked very well for the quintets. I also had the opportunity to briefly meet him afterwards. I would encourage listeners to check out his CD (which is also on iTunes and Spotify), or hear him live if you have the opportunity.
Eric Schultz is the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Coastal Carolina University. A winner of several international competitions, he holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University.