Violin Adventures with Rachel Barton Pine
Episode 35: Kirk Muspratt's innovative ideas about demystifying classical music

Episode 35: Kirk Muspratt's innovative ideas about demystifying classical music
 
- Upcoming Events: Montreal Chamber Music Festival: May 20 - Martinu Madrigals for violin and viola; May 21 - Bach's Goldberg Variations for string trio; May 22 - solo recital "From Mozart to Metallica": May 24 - Beethoven Marathon including the "Archduke" piano trio, Op. 95 string quartet, "Kreutzer" sonata, and Septet
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: Caitlin asks, "How can I fix my left-hand pinky?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: Oscar Shumsky says, "It's not the bowings you do, but how you do the bowings."
 
- A conversation with Maestro Kirk Muspratt, Music Director of the New Philharmonic, DuPage Opera, and Northwest Indiana Symphony.  Kirk shares his thoughts about making orchestra concerts into special events for the whole community and talks about his creative programming ideas.

total playing time: 33:45

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Episode 34: Tips for preparing for orchestral auditions

Episode 34: Tips for preparing for orchestral auditions

- Upcoming Events: May 17 - Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Puerto Rico Symphony

- Inquiries from my Inbox: Bruce asks, “Is it unusual for a soloist like yourself to have put in a lot of time as an orchestral player?”

- Random Musical Thought: Theologian Marcus J. Borg said, “Being part of a community that hears words and music from hundreds and even thousands of years ago delivers us from the provincialism of the present.”
 
- Tips for preparing for orchestral auditions: highlight things like accents and dynamics to make sure you don’t miss any, be sure to learn the entire pieces that your excerpts come from, buy inexpensive orchestra parts from Luck’s Music Library (www.lucksmusic.net or 800-348-8749), get new clean parts, listen to a few different recordings of each piece, practice each excerpt at a variety of different tempos, play along with the recordings to get the other instruments in your ear, make yourself an excerpt mix tape or playlist and listen to it over and over again, look at the orchestral score for each piece, talk to colleagues about their experiences, play for a variety of different coaches, try to play for someone from the orchestra you’re auditioning for.

total playing time: 21:23

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:38pm CST

Episode 33: Tips for the day of a competition or an audition

Episode 33: Tips for the day of a competition or an audition

 

- Upcoming Events: May 10 - performance at benefit gala for Chicago’s Ars Viva Symphony

 

- Inquiries from my Inbox: Bill asks, “Why did you choose to change the tempo between the AC/DC and your own pieces??

 

- Random Musical Thought: Why weren’t any classical musicians included in the recent internet gossip story about musicians caught picking their noses?

 

- Tips for the day of a competition or an audition: concentrate on playing your best rather than worrying about what the judges will think, don’t worry about hearing a competitor who sounds amazing in the warm-up room, be sure to arrive early, bring plenty of healthy snacks, don’t ever leave the building, don’t ever leave any of your stuff unguarded especially your instrument or sheet music, bring a portable listening device and some good books or magazines, don’t feel obligated to chat with others if you’re not feeling sociable, bring along a designated buddy to keep you company, don’t wear yourself out in the warm-up room, play an old favorite piece or listen to loud music on your I-Pod to get in a performing mood, if you’re allowed to find your own warm-up spot a bathroom might be a good option, take time to center yourself rather than rushing to start playing after the judges tell you which piece to play, make sure your piano accompanist is ready to play before you give the cue, don’t be fazed if the judges are writing a lot of comments (they might be writing compliments!), don’t draw any conclusions from the judges’ tone of voice, don’t take it as a bad sign if the judges stop you more quickly than you expect, don’t peek at the judges while you’re playing, thank the judges after you finish if that would be appropriate, ask for feedback if you get a chance, be sure to show your comment sheets to your teacher, don’t compare judges’ numerical scores to each other.

 

total playing time: 23:14

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:21pm CST