a trio of randomness

1) yesterday night there was an os show at the schnitzer… it’s one of the few concerts i’ve had to miss this season.  did you go?  really?!  well, i’d love to know what you’re impressions were.

2) i hope you’re enjoying the musician interviews as much as i am.  later this week i’ll be posting (amazingly) an interview with the associate concertmaster which makes him like the third in command which makes him like the nancy pelosi of the symphony, no?  shit, i should have asked him more about this…

3) last weekend’s schubert/rossini concert line-up was notable for something it was missing – a modern piece of music.  in fact, after some very simplistic investigative journalism, i discovered it was the only program this classical subscription season not to contain a 20th or 21st century work.  to be very clear, allow me to specifically state that out of the 16 regularly scheduled classical concerts this season, remarkably 15 of them contained at least one 20th or 21st century work.  15 out of 16!  or, since baseball season is thankfully nipping at our heels, that’s a percentage of .937!  one might wonder why i am becoming belligerent about this.  well, let me tell you, when i began regularly attending oregon symphony concerts a few years ago, i just assumed that i’d be constantly listening to the music of mozart, bach, and Beethoven (which ain’t so bad, btw).  i was stoked to discover that the os actually plays a shit-ton of modern music… you know, chock-full of dissonant, politically charged, jazz-infected, pared-down, minimalistic, atonal musings… stuff that was written when jackson pollack was dripping, when martin luther king jr. was preaching, when john coltrane was blowing, and when raymond carver was writing.  if you care about these people and their creations, get your ass to an oregon symphony concert.

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3 Responses to “a trio of randomness”


  1. 1 LaValle March 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    re: item 3. 15 out of 16 times the modern piece at the Oregon Symphony is the one that floats into my dreams at night.

  2. 2 P-Dog March 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I hope the symphony has a link to your blog. You are amazing.


  1. 1 the classical beaver Trackback on March 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

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