Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Great Gift

"To be a musician is a great privilege, but also a very great responsibility. One must think that to be a musician is a gift-a gift from nature. There is no great merit in us except in loving this gift with respect and devotion and doing everything possible to do honor to that gift by work and more work. We must work with conviction and humility-searching for beauty, simplicity-not for effect, but for truth. And it is for us musicians to do all in our power for a better world. Music must carry the message of beauty, of love, and of peace".

-- Pablo Casals

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Scheduling Habitat Concerts in June

This week I am in the process of scheduling a series of recitals in June to benefit San Diego Habitat for Humanity. Currently, I am asking churches in the greater San Diego region to make their sanctuary available for me to give a performance and then collect a free-will offering on behalf of this most worthy cause. My program for these concerts is entirely music of Beethoven and Chopin, and I always include commentary to help audiences find their way comfortably into the listening experience.

Do you think that your church would be willing to host one of these performances?

Monday, May 12, 2008

I'm back!

After an absence of far too long, I am poised to start again with this little project. A few weeks ago I heard a seminar presenter say that the leading cause of death for all blogs was author inattention and lack of new content. My conscience was pained so that I am back again with my tail between my legs, hoping to resuscitate whatever life is left in this poor little thing that is my blog.