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People & Premieres       Photos which Inspired Pieces      Musical Memories


Click a photo to see a large size - some files are scans of older photos, I apologize for quality issues!


People & Premieres

with the Ariel String Quartet after their premiere of Ephemeral Echoes, May 06 (Boston - NEC)

taking a bow after the premiere of Of Seas and Self with the Nashua Symphony, March 07 (NH)

with Music Director Roy Gussman and his wife and violinist Katherine, after guest-conducting the Monmouth Symphony in the premiere of Protean Dances. May 07 (NJ)

backstage at the Brevard Music Center
with solo percussionist Andrew Sickmeier
after conducting the premiere of Visions for Vibraphone and Chamber Orchestra on the moonlight concert. August 07 (NC)






with renowned Russian trumpet pedagogue Anatoly Dmitrivich Selianin, December 04 (New Jersey - MSU)

with my conducting teacher Leonid Nikolaev (to my left),  his assistant Yuri and pianists Anatoly and Andrei (l-r), June 04 (Moscow Consv.)

with composer Willem Dragstra at the BMV premiere of Spezzai Stromenti, when I was production manager. I believe that's homemade apple cider he's drinking. Yum. April 06 (Boston - BU)

Fred Mills visited Moscow Conservatory for a masterclass and I ran into him randomly in the halls, and helped with some translation. Pictured also are Leonid Chumov, director of the brass faculty and and Andrei Ikov, trumpet with Russian National Orch. March 05 (Moscow Consv.)

I lived for a year at an address in Boston which was synonymous with impromptu concerts and cultural soirees. In Spring 07, The Pierre Hurel Trio recorded a CD there, and I was snapping photos (MA)

with tenor Sean Mulcahy after my Senior Composition Concert at Montclair University, March 05 (NJ)

With the other participants of the Norwalk Symphony's Beyond the Baton Seminar, May 08. (CT)

With the other participants of the Internationale Sommerakademie in Admont, Austria, July 08.

Backstage at a concert in Veitsch, Austria.
August 08

Working with John Farrer at the Bakersfield Symphony Conductors Institute, May 09. (CA)

With Robert Aldridge and all the composers at the Brevard Music Center, Summer 09. (NC)

With Ken Kiesler and other conductors at the Waterville Valley Conductors Institute, Aug 09. (NH)

Premiere of An American Fanfare at the opening of the Cali School of Music
January 2010


With the participants and faculty of the Ithaca Masterclass with Gustav Meier.
April 2010


Most of the conductors of the International Institute for Conductors in Bacau, Romania,  after the second week.
June 2010


Seated at the piano in Enescu's House.
June 2010


With other participants, and faculty Dr. Robert Gutter, at the IIC in Bacau, Romania.
June 2010

Intermission with Maestro Olvidiu Balan and Robert Gutter, in Bacau.
June 2010

All participants, soloists, and faculty from the IIC in Bacau.
June 2010

With the participants of the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in St. Petersburg and faculty Leonid Korchmar and Oleg Proskurnya.
August 2010













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Photos & Musical Inspiration


Dawn over Richmond, CA as seen from my Aunt & Uncle's home in Tiburon. Watching this sunrise, from complete darkness to when the sun peaked over the hills, gave me the idea for a piece exploring the event of sunrise through correlations between frequencies of light and those of sound. August 07

#1: Welcoming (Valley Road in Early Morning)

These are the photos which inspired the six movements of Autumn Trees (V48).

All 6 were taken chronologically over the course of one day at the campus of Montclair University.

Little known fact: a working title for the suite was Trees of Montclair State University, but I figured the Respighi's estate would sue. October 02 (MSU)



#2: Innocence (Dickson Hall in Late Morning)

Once I saw this little sapling, I decided to spend the day taking photos of trees around campus.

Ironically, a few years later this little tree, inspiring the naïve second movement 'Innocence' was uprooted for, of all things, a smoking kiosk. Go figure.

#3: Yearning (Music Building at Noon)

 
Though it was nearly impossible to capture, this tree had one branch reaching out, interestingly enough in the direction of the music building.


#4: Comfort (Webster Hall in Late Afternoon)

These trees seemed to surround and protect the dormitory Webster Hall, which was, inronically where my girlfriend lived at the time. Looking back, there is a lot of irony in this piece's compositional journey.

#5: The Evergreen (College Hall at Midnight)

By this time, the desire to find images which would allow a coherent musical structure led me not only to stay up all night but to stay outside in a terrible thunderstorm. My efforts were rewarded though, and if the visual quality of this dark shot is lacking, my memory of standing near the tree when it was hit by lightning is surprisingly still pretty sharp.

#6: Triumph (The View from Freeman Hall at Sunrise)

It seemed only appropriate that the suite should end back at my own dormitory. The storm had passed and the trees, as in the first photo, populate the land. Here, what was the colorful pageant of the leaves in photo #1 is reflect in the grandeur of a sky painted by the Sun, welcoming a new day.


Brahms 4 with a nice cabernet.

































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Musical Memories


Koussevitsky's Opening Speech from the first year of the Berkshire Music Festival, later Tanglewood, hangs unassumingly in one of the offices. It is as true today as it was then.

So, the first time I visited Moscow we went on a partially chaperoned tour of the Bolshoi Theatre. A few of us 'got lost' and came upon their rehearsal stage, complete with a half-stocked pit. We decided it was only appropriate to put on a performance of Swan Lake. May 02


But we weren't always causing trouble, and we cleaned up pretty well for a joint concert with the Russian Army Conductor's Academy in the big hall of the Moscow Conservatory. I'm directly under the center trumpeter on the stage left side. May 02


In 2004 I returned to Russia to study at the Conservatory in Moscow. Here I'm photographed with the poster advertising the concert which saw the world premier of Lyric Pieces (V66) and the Russian premiere of Sonata583 (V53) May 04 (yes I'm wearing a winter coat in May)

Before our final performance, in St. Petersburg, in the hall where (we were told) Shostakovich's 5th was premiered. By this time I had assimilated the Russian 'look'. May 02



After the aforementioned concert, with other visiting American students  Tricia Galvez, Carolyn Dachinger (dedicatee of Sonata583), Stephen Wu and Elona Muca, and Russian harpist Simyon Kulkov. Rachmanninov Hall, Moscow Consv June 04


During my first trip to Russia, we trumpeters got the royal treatment in Saratov where our contact was the renowned trumpet teacher Anatoly Dmitrivich Selianin. Here we are with the Saratov Conservatory trumpet section. Can you spot the Americans?
May 02



Leading the orchestra at the Waterville Valley Conductors Institute, NH. Aug 09.

Leshowitz Hall
John J. Cali School of Music
Montclair University
January 2010


Leading a concert with the Mihail Jora Philharmonic in Bacau, Romania
June 2010



Rehearsing with the Mihail Jora Philharmonic in Bacau at Ateneu Hall
June 2010


A view from the hall, conducting Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet

Building decoration in Barcelona, Spain.
May 2010


On my way to the Conducting Competition in Cadaques, this sign was the first thing I saw when I stepped off the plane in Barcelona - in Catalan and Spanish it was equally funny.
May 2010


In the Parque del Retiro, Madrid, before traveling to the Cadaques Competition.
May 2010


The Organ in Almudena Cathedral in Madrid.
May 2010


I almost got kicked out of the Cathedral in Cadaques for snooping around the organ loft, until, while being shuffled out by a gruff local, I commented on the beauty of the organ, which led to a private tour of the entire building and more history that I could hope to retain, given as it was in Catalan.
May 2010


Our concert poster from Bacau, Romania.
June 2010


Today's Eastern European glockenspiel is brought to you by the letters Cis and H.
Bacau, June 2010


Two-meter tall functional metronome, complete with all-seeing eye, hiding around a corner in a hallway of the Reina Sofia museum, Madrid.
May 2010


Various shots of conducting in Bacau.
June 2010


In Cadaques, about to visit Salvador Dalí's house.
June 2010


Brasov, Romania, from the top of the Carpathian foothills. In the summer they perform free open air operas each month.
June 2010


In Berlin, I was privileged to see the World Cup finals from a rooftop penthouse near the Brandenburg Gate and the Bundestag. My camera's battery was dead, but leaving it off for the second half of the match allowed to to snap this one shot after the game.
July 2010


The Garden at the Bowerman's estate at Champs Hill, West Sussex.
July 2010


The Music and Art room, where our sessions were held, in Champs Hill.
July 2010


On the last night, we held an impromptu concert, and our host David Bowerman treated us to improvisations on A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square and the first theme to Brahms' Symphony 2.
July 2010


Champs Hill had many hidden treasures, including this fascinating musical sculpture, which transformed with the breeze.
July 2010


Conducting the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the Royal Academy during the London Conducting Workshop.
July 2010


Conducting the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the Royal Academy during the London Conducting Workshop.
July 2010

With some of the other conductors from the London Workshop
July 2010


The Mariinsky Teatr, where the International Academy of Advanced Conducting was held. The sign is for a new production of Khovanshchina, which will open their 2010-2011 season.
August 2010


We worked mainly in a rehearsal room with a huge tapestry, and one lone chair.
August 2010


Leading a rehearsal in Mariinsky.
August 2010


And, the performance.
August 2010


The participants of the International Academy of Advanced Conducting.
August 2010

At the Cathedral of our Savior on Spilled Blood, site of the assassination of Alexander II.
August 2010

Uncontrolled wildfires in Moscow had eventually blown smoke all across Russia and into Eastern Europe; thus the eerie lighting effect at Peter and Paul fortress.
August 2010

Earlier the same day, in Alexandrovskii Gardens - a bust of Glinka before the Admiralty.
August 2010


In Vienna, Jessica and I stumbled upon what was Beethoven's apartment for 7 years. Inside were many gems, including this sketch of the 7th Symphony, which was composed in the same room in which it was displayed.
August 2010


At Karlsplatz in Vienna before visiting the Musikverein and the Arnold Schoenberg Center.
August 2010




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