Lady Jeanne Galway, Dianne Donovan, Sir James Galway
It was a special treat to have world-renowned flutists, Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway in the KMFA studios as they sat down with me to chat a little bit about their lives, and their careers (as both solo and duo artists). You can catch their performance with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Peter Bay, this Friday and Saturday night at the Long Center For The Performing Arts. Sir James Galway will perform Mozart’s Flute Concerto no. 2 and both Sir James and Lady Jeanne will perform Cimarosa’s, Double Flute Concerto in G.
To hear the interview click here:
The Eggmen perform with McCallum Orchestra
Last Saturday I had the delightful experience of hearing the Eggmen perform with the McCallum Fine Arts Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre. The first half of the set consisted of pre 1967 covers and the second half was 1967 post with accompaniment from McCallum.
The real joy in seeing this show was the energy and enthusiasm the high school orchestra students exuded. So rarely do orchestra students get to perform Beatles tune after Beatles tune. And to see them dancing on stage behind the Eggmen makes me know that everyone involved was having just as great a time as those of us in the audience. Believe me there was lots of singing along involved.
My personal favorite was when they performed Hey Jude (ok, this might have something to do with my namesake… but still it was a great rendition).
Proceeds from the show will support McCallum’s upcoming trip to Carnegie hall where they will perform Schubert’s Mass in No. 2 in G major. To contribute to their fund, visit http://www.macorchestrafund.org/
I remember being about 14 and painfully learning Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Perhaps for other piano students it is an easy piece to learn, but not for a girl who didn’t practice that much!
It started out all right, but then a page later Beethoven goes into these crazy movements. How frustrating! I didn’t even know what the piece was supposed to be about – until one practice session I read the introduction of Fur Elise.
Scholars may not agree on who the piece of music was actually written for, some say it was a former student named Therese, others say it is an ode to love in general. Every time I hear Fur Elise now I wonder who that woman was that inspired such a beautiful melody (and difficult piece of music to learn).
What romantically inspired music do you enjoy?