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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Once Again, Sorry Felsenreaders

Between a spate of holidays, the commencing of several new jobs, some due commissions, and the proofing of my new book, it seems my poor little blog has fallen off my own charts. There's so much I've wanted to write about which is now old hat because time has yet again gotten the better of me. I even wanted to review some books--Mark Z. Danielewski's epoch-making (and traversing) Only Revolutions, Clare Messud's fantastic The Emperor's Children, Ron Rosembaum's The Shakespeare Wars, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation, and the six volume set of Huxley's essays--and write about some amazing new records (too numerous to list in an offset em-dash way), but that will all, I suppose, have to wait.

In the meantime, allow me to insert a plug for an upcoming concert this weekend: the American Composer's Orchestra will be playing in Carnegie Hall this Friday (the 13th, so prepare to be scared), a whole spate of interesting new repertoire, pieces by Michael Gandolfi (a favorite, an old teacher, a friend), Brad Lubman, Evan Ziporyn, Michael Gatonska, Susie Ibara and Corey Dargel. Should be a rangy show, an unpredictable, crossover venture from the ACO as we've come to know them. Details here.

In the meantime, accept my apologies for not writing more.

And lastly (is that even a word?), kudos to Steve Smith of Night After Night blog fame for winning this year's prestigious Deems Taylor Award, well-earned and much deserved. Good for Steve (who is also lucky enough to have become engaged to someone quite wonderful) and good for blogs. Nice to know these scribbings, from some, are actually noticed.


Anonymous Kerry Candaele said...

Dear Daniel,

I want to bring your attention the documentary on Beethoven’s Ninth that I am working on (called Following The Ninth: In The Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony), and ask for your suggestions. I’ve shot close to 50 hours of tape, but the film is really just beginning, thus I am looking for more stories about the Ninth. You can read about the project at www.followingtheninth.com. What I’m hoping to find here through your blog is people who have new stories that I might follow, develop, as the film proceeds. As of today, I will be filming in Japan, where the Ninth (Daiku) is performed by hundreds of variously sized orchestras, sometimes with choruses of 5000 people or more. I will also be going to Chile and other countries in South America, where a version of the “Ode to Joy” was sung as a song of resistance and hope by those living under military dictatorships.

I would also like to have some of people's filmed stories and reflections on the Ninth on my website. That could be arranged in various ways, to be determined if you have an interest. I’m trying to bring the power and passion of one of the greatest works of art ever done to a broader public, and the best way to do that, I think, is through people’s stories, stories from those who are deeply in love with Beethoven’s music. Please write if you have any questions.

Kerry Candaele
Venice, CA


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