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Friday, July 10, 2009

Performance Tip #18

Famous last words: "You won't need to come to the rehearsal. The part is a piece of cake."

Friday, July 3, 2009

Performance Tip #18

If the other players won't budge, try "bowing chocolates" --one expensive, gourmet chocolate to whomever agrees with your bowing.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Downtown, Weddings and Hair

The amped-up lifestyle that typically frames a Knopp family day has poured on the esspresso as our sister, Michelle, is getting married! You can read the field report at Elizabeth's blog.

My time has pledged allegiance to arranging the ceremony music. Michelle requested a special song. So I've spent quite a bit of time under headphones listening to four beats at a time. It's been fun. Fortunately, there was an arrangement that I was able to draw from, but there was a major part missing. So I had to transcribe a piano and cello part --a lot of work.

I was taking a break and listening to "Metamorphosis", that got me thinking. The wedding is coming up, I should do my hair like Philip Glass.

This seems especially appropriate in light of the comments received about my looking like Michael Tree.

While all that is swirling around, a generous benefactor has sponsored some quartets to play in the parks in downtown Portland. We've gone out twice, entertaining anyone willing to stop and listen. It's been fun. Our locations, days and times are chosen at random. But know that if you're downtown, somewhere there could be an ensemble of musicians who'd love to see you.

8 days until the wedding!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Performance Tip #17

Always tape your music. Loose leaf music is the surest way to have a gust of wind whip across the stage.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Performance Tip #16

Throughout the performance, you may want to periodically check in with the conductor.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Performance Tip #14

Never loan your rosin to anyone under the age of 18.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Performance Tip #13

As a matter of fact, you can use your stand lamp to heat a Pop Tart.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Josh in Concert!

For those of you who don't know, Josh will be performing the first movement from Haydn's cello concerto with the Jewish Community Orchestra next Sunday, Jun 7th at Mittleman Jewish Community Center. This will be Josh's last public performance before he leaves for University of Missouri-St. Louise. You won't want to miss it.

Also on the program is John William's Theme from Schindler's List performed by violinist Nalina Bauer; Tchaikovsky's Serendate for Strings; and Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff.

Tickets are $10 for adults $5 for Students.

Click here to download the poster.

We'd love to see you there!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Performance Tip #12

No. It is not okay to ignore con sordino.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Performance Tip #11

Never leave your instrument in a Taco Bell.