In my beloved Austin, I’m grateful for the load of talent and dedication behind tomorrow’s concert. What a joy it’s been to rehearse this week with Chan Yang Lim, Ellie Jarrett, Soonchan Kwon, Tim O’Brien, and Kelly Kuo. What luck is ours, to make sound some beloved Brahms, and to delight our … Continue Reading →

Big and Bright

I’m reeling (in a good way) from a jaw-dropping, soul-embiggening trio of performances here in my adopted home state. In a span of five days, I heard music at the Houston Grand Opera, at a chapel on the Trinity University campus in San Antonio, and in UT Austin’s own Bates … Continue Reading →

96 hours

That’s how long we spent between first rehearsal and dress rehearsal. How does that even work? A whirlwind schedule like that can function if you have important people in place. First and foremost, of course, we have our cast from the premiere performances in Houston: the incomparable Frederica von Stade, … Continue Reading →

Back to home base

Where did the time in Houston go? It seems like I was posting from the first Das Rheingold rehearsals just the other day. But the dress rehearsal was last night, and I am back in Austin for a few weeks of teaching. Houston, we have a problem – there are almost … Continue Reading →