Maestro’s South Korean Adventures – Part 9

Friday, June 22 C-Day (Concert Day). Choi is to meet us at 12:30 and takes us to lunch. So after breakfast I head over to the conductor's lounge to work on Sweeney Todd where I'll be actually singing the title role at CSU in July. Two hours of singing practice feels great as a change of pace. Lunch is at a different Korean restaurant near the hotel where we feast on fish and soup. The hall is in a different part of Changwon, close to baseball stadium where the Dino's play. I arrive just in time to start rehearsal and…
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Maestro’s South Korean Adventures – Part 8

Thursday, June 21 The morning pattern continues: a long walk/run around the lake, breakfast, wait five minutes for some brewed coffee at Starbucks, walk across the street to rehearsal. When I arrive at the conductor's lounge, the Executive Director, Inho, Ms. Baek, and Reena are waiting for me to go over the schedule for the next couple of days. We have a double rehearsal today with lunch in between, so the AM rehearsal will end at 11:30, which will be exclusively on the Prokofiev. It has been arranged for me to work with our soloist Jaehong YIM, at 11:30 before…
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Fort Collins Symphony Premieres Work by Local Composer Ethan Boxley: Fanfare for the National Anthem

Composer Ethan Boxley’s Fanfare for the National Anthem and his arrangement of National Anthem in G will be performed by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra during its upcoming July 4 (FC City Park) and July 7 (Red Feather Lakes) concerts. The impetus for singing the National Anthem in G comes from Dr. Ed Siegel, a native son and avid FCS supporter, who has championed lowering the key of the national anthem for over two decades. The 22-year old Fort Collins native recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. His goal…
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Maestro’s South Korean Adventures – Part 7

Wednesday, June 20 A routine has been established of an American or Korean breakfast followed by a stop at Starbucks. At a Korean coffee house, if you want a quick coffee you need to order a Cafe Americano or a Latte and they will always ask if you want it hot or iced for the latter is very popular. For a drip or brewed coffee, you'll need to wait at least five minutes as they do individual cups only and fresh. Rehearsal begins at 10 AM, goes to 12:30 PM.  We then seek out a lunch and following that is…
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