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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A New Key for an Old Anthem

No public Fourth of July celebration is complete without a rousing rendition of Francis Scott Key’s The Star-Spangled Banner. And, while nothing is nearer and dearer to the American ear than our national anthem, it is just a STINKER to sing!  Why?  Because John Stafford Smith composed this tune in the key of B flat major with a very wide vocal range.  Played in its original key, the work is pitched a titch too high for altos and basses and a tad too low for sopranos and tenors to sing comfortably in tune. During this year’s free Fourth of July…
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