In which midwest state can you hear Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica live in 2017?
Jun 9, 2016
The perc. section inside EMPAC @ RPI in Albany, NY
The Egg in Albany, NY
Before I answer that question, I hope you are all enjoying a great summer wherever you're located (ok, maybe it's winter for some of you, but we're enjoying 70s and 80s here in the Northeast part of the US!)
Today, I'm writing you today from sunny Albany, NY where I'm playing section percussion with Albany Symphony for their American Music Festival and soaking up inspirations for the Orchestrotica. Much of our music–even for the quintet–has been inspired by large ensemble/orchestral sounds and it's great to play on an all-American program full of musical ideas I can steal for us...uh...borrow!
The meaty work on this concert is Steven Stucky's "Silent Spring," and I really enjoy his use of texture and color, especially as it relates to all the metallophones in the percussion section.
The EMPAC venue at RPI is hosting many of the American Music Festival events this week including the ASO concert this Saturday, and it's also a beautiful architectural gem. Of course–and this is likely not surprising to many of our readers–I am also wishing we were performing inside the mid-century gem in town known as "The Egg" (see photo) ;-)
Perhaps at some point, we will bring the Orchestrotica to one these beautiful venues!
Anyhow, since the internet people say that you are scanning and not reading this content, I should probably make this my last sentence on mid-century modernism and modern orchestral repertoire, and instead announce a big show I'm super excited about: our first ever visit to the Midwest in KS!
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 at 2:00 PM
The quintet is thrilled to be part of the Lied Center's Pavilion Series in 2017. This show is also supported by and will also be broadcast on Kansas Public Radio, courtesy of Program Director and long-time Orchestrotica supporter, Darrell Brogdon (of the Retro Cocktail Hour).
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 at 4:30 PM (9 days away)
Our quintet's debut at the Somerville Jazz and Blues Fest. We are excited to be closing this local event with some global jazz and exotic chamber music. Totally free; come out and enjoy the sun! We are also welcoming back Jason Davis who will be subbing for Brad on bass for this show.
Our July Photo/Videoshoot Moving Forward
Special thanks to our pal Steve Mazzulli (my source of TikiCat cat food, and local tiki drinking events in Boston), we have discovered and now partnered up with Liza Voll to do our quintet photoshoot this summer. Liza works with the Boston Ballet and has shot many other artists as well, and I am excited to see what magic she will do with our mugshots ;-) We're still working on finalizing the quintet's video shoot and will have more details on that in the next newsletter.
Want to help with these shoots?
- Share 1 thought via your own video about the quintet in a 3–5 second selfie you take on your phone or computer. (Please omit background music, which will be added later, but you can suggest a track you like!) We especially welcome thoughts from those who have seen the quintet live.
- While we're hoping a grant comes through to help us fund these two shoots, if you'd like to contribute to our expenses, we'd welcome any donation (reply for info). Another way to contribute is by visiting our store and grabbing some music or a new shirt:
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