Philadelphia Orchestra broadcastst live via Internet 2 to select remote sites

In an interesting use of Internet 2, Philadelphia Orchestra broadcastst live via Internet 2 to select remote sites.  Fortunately for me, I was invited to watch/listen at KAMU's studio at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas this afternoon. The studio did a fine job setting up the experimental show, but being the brother of an audiophile and maker of high quality recording equipment, I have to admit a hair of snooty disappointment in that there wasn't surround sound and a completely closed chamber immersion-style venue... But hey, it was a first run, and it was pretty darn cool for what did happen! 

Kreutzer violin exercise captured via gorillapod mounted video camera

So, some time ago my sister sent me a nice gorillapod-- it's a small, flexible-leg camera tripod that grips onto almost any surface. As time and interest permits, I've tried mounting the video camera onto my violin in various ways and captured some YouTube worthy media. Below is how it is done!

gorillapod attached camera to violin scroll

I attached the gorillapod to the camera and mounted the camera to the far end of my violin by wrapping its tripod legs around the scroll. Because this camera doesn't have a convenient flip-out view-finder, I just faced a mirror and adjusted the camera's angle such that my fingerboard was the focus and my face was not.

BVSO Children's Concert

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to play with the Brazos Valley Symphony on Monday March 26, 2007 for the annual children's concert. Due to my busy schedule, it has been a while since I've played with the orchestra, but I just couldn't turn down an opportunity like this. To my surprise, Wow what a production these concerts have become! There are even dancers on stage in full costume to act out Peter and the Wolf-- and what a good job they're doing!

Yay local kids-- hope you enjoyed the show!

Mozart's (and other artists') original manuscripts archived and viewable online

This morning on Public Radio's Performance Today, I heard about Mozart going back and forth with [another composer] with colorful sketches, markings, and quips within his original manuscripts like a couple 4th graders would.  I was inspired and intrigued to find out more and see for myself.

Turns out you can peruse a digital archive of Mozart's and LOADS of other artists' original manuscripts and artwork on-line!  By default, you are led to a crafty Shockwave viewer that lets you zoom, pan, and flip pages, but there is also an accessible version that might be easier to digest (and faster to dive into!).