Upcoming Cello Performances (Seattle Area)

The great majority of readers of this blog arrive here looking for discussion of East Asia, but, from my perspective, they are a cultivated bunch who don’t mind a few references to French musical impressionism, Dmitri Shostakovich, or German musical romanticism.

For local readers in particular, I’m offering here a prospectus of my upcoming solo performances, putting some more ballast behind the latter word in the title of this blog:

Oh So Live Concert Series

Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, 2009

 2013 Bethel Ave., Olympia, WA


Beethoven: Sonata No. 1 in F for Cello and Piano, opus 5 no. 1

Nadia Boulanger: Trois Pieces for Cello and Piano

Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in e for Violoncello and Piano, op. 38

with Robert Jorgensen, piano


Sunday Classical Series

Sunday, January 24, 2009, 3 pm

The Antique Sandwich Shop

5102 N Pearl St, Point Ruston (North Tacoma), WA


Same as September 22 and 23rd: Beethoven/Boulanger/Brahms

with Robert Jorgensen, piano

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, March 6, 7:30 pm

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Seattle


J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major

Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring Suite (chamber version)


 Holocaust Remembrance Concert

Saturday, March 20, Noon

Pacific Lutheran University, Scandinavian Cultural Center


Ernst Bloch, Pieces from Jewish Life

Max Bruch, Kol Neidre

 with Robert Jorgensen, piano

For readers who don’t give a damn about my performing career, that’s absolutely fine, and all to the good: I will continue to work assiduously to provide you with ample food for thought on this blog and in those printed peer-reviewed journals that continue to churn out their arguments in spite of their manifest lack of hyperlinks and arpeggios. 

Avec l'Axe at Pacific Lutheran University

Update: I just ran across this little hortatory excerpt from one of my favorite blogs, “Dial M for Musicology,” maintained by the highly-productive musican-musicologist-published author Jonathan D. Bellman, a Schumann/Brahms/Chopin specialist who is a professor at University of Northern Colorado.  It’s about how to make it in music:

But no, I won’t give any advice about you and musicology, you and music…you and this or that Canadian University. It’s down to you, now, whatever choices you want to make, and you might just take a deep breath and make this decision on your own, and then go all out to make it the right one. Rear up on your hind legs and get something going. For decades, the people who have become successful are those who have forced it, with weirdly checkered backgrounds, atypical skills, and (above all) prevailing diehardism, as I called it years ago. Somehow, we squeezed through a crack, or forced out way in. If you want to get anywhere even remotely associated with music, you need to adopt this mindset and stop asking for guidance. What is more, prepare yourself for failures, reverses, and disappointments—if you can’t deal with those, music is not a good place for you. (I’m not saying you have to like failure; just withstand it and learn from it.)

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