Updates 2018 (2)

October 2018:

The PRSO was featured in the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 25th, accompanying Daddy Yankee in his hit "Yo Contra Ti" about the fight to conquer breast cancer, sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Not our usual rep, but we are all proud to be part of this important effort.

Kathy at Latin America Music Awards

It was a wonderful opportunity also to see two dear friends—Michele Zukovsky and Patty Massey. I missed the photo op at RDG Woodwinds with Patty, but here are Pochi (Emmanuel Diaz, 2nd clarinetist, PRSO) and I with Michele. Michele retired in December of 2015 from the principal chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; she entered the orchestra at the age of 18 in 1961. Her father, Kalman Bloch, was principal for more than 40 years. Talk about a dynasty! Both Michele and her father are legends in the clarinet world. I first met her in 1976, when she came to Puerto Rico as the principal clarinetist of the Casals Festival Orchestra. It was great fun having lunch in LA!

Emmanuel Diaz, Michelle Zukovsky and Kathleen Jones

The Coro de Clarinetes del CMPR (the Conservatory’s Clarinet Choir) has made recordings of 14 works by local composers. The first is available to download NOW here in my music store: Acordes Cotidianos, by William Ortiz, who was just awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.

The composer’s notes about this interesting work are:
"Written in 2003 for the clarinets in the Band of the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon. It uses melodies and counterpoint to create interactions of chords between the four B-flat clarinets, producing in general an effervescent sonority. Also, the piece demonstrates the versatility of the clarinet, exploring possibilities of timbre, and different registers. The work invites the ear to smile, sing and dance."

The choir’s recordings are $1 per download, and all proceeds go to the Beca Don Jesus Figueroa, the scholarship fund which supports trips to ClarinetFests and the purchase of instruments for the clarinet majors.

PRSO: Oct. 13-- fourth subscription concert, with our beloved former principal cellist, Jesus Morales (Ricardo’s younger brother,) as soloist in the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations. Also up was Copland’s Third Symphony, all led by our associate conductor, Rafael Enrique Irizarry.

PRSO: Oct. 6-- third subscription concert, with Maximiano Valdes conducting and the fabulous violist Hsin-Yun Huang in the Bartok Concerto. Also on the program were Ginastera’s Panambi and Debussy’s Images. In this last work there are several impossible page turns; if you check both sides of the pages very carefully, you can “cut the chart,” as Bill McColl used to say, turning the top half first. It helps!

September 2018:

On September 24th in Eugene, Oregon, my home town, Nathan Cammack passed away, the beloved Eugene Junior Symphony conductor during my sisters' and my high school years. Please see "On Conductors" on my Writings tab to read my tribute to him.
PRSO plays Tosca with our wonderful local stars Yali Marie Williams and Rafi Davila on Sept. 13 and 15, with Maximiano Valdes conducting. If you are ever going to play this masterpiece, be sure your tenon joints and corks are in good shape—there are 22 changes between A and B-flat clarinets—11just in the first act of 23 pages...

Here are our stars!

Yali Marie Williams and Rafi Davila

August 2018:

PRSO season starts up right on schedule! First concert was a wildly successful concert of Broadway music on August 11th. Our second concert, on August 16th, was a heartfelt homage to our recently deceased and much beloved tenor Antonio Barasorda. Our subscription opener followed on August 25th, dedicated to music of Leonard Bernstein, who was born 100 years before, on that date. Another highly successful concert. We are praying for a tranquil hurricane season. CMPR started classes on August 13th—I have 14 (wonderful!) students. This is retirement???

July 2018:

I went to ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium. What a banquet! And it was a beautiful tribute to the much loved Guido Six.
The Fest’s custom artwork:

Clarinet Fest artwork

And here I am on the last day of the Fest, with friends Gerry Errante, Jan Phillips, and Jane Eller, ready to set off and see the Atlantic Wall, a site preserving Hitler’s World War II fortification just a few kilometers to the west. It was a sobering visit. A guide said it only took the Nazi forces 18 days to conquer Belgium.

Kathy & friends at the Clarinet Fest artwork

Great recital on E-flat by old friend Jorge Montilla!

Jorge Montilla recital

Ted Lane and I were cheering audience members at John Bruce Yeh's great recital of works by James Stephenson.

Ted Lane, Kathy and John Bruce Yeh

The Great Paquito D’Rivera, after his fabulous master class.

Kathy & Paquito D’Rivera

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