I have had the privilege to make a lot of music on Easter Sundays during the past 25 years as a part-time church musician and to lead dedicated and hard-working choral and instrumental ensembles for those more festive holiday services. Read More
A Review of Jerry Leake’s latest album, Crafty Hands (2016) Stan Pelkey December 13, 2016 Boston-based world-rock-fusion percussionist Jerry Leake is a special kind of musician. He deftly moves in and through numerous traditions from around the world – with Read More
One of the best part of my new job at the College of Music at Florida State University is getting to sit in on some amazing master classes and guest presentations by leading figures in the world of classical music. Here Read More
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Ok, so it’s really not… at least not for this boy from the North who is now living in the South. But to be honest, I really do not miss the snow, Read More
I only occasionally read “top 10” type posts on Facebook, but I could not resist writing a little along that line tonight. I drove to Sarasota today from Tallahassee. It’s about a 5-hour drive south (for all of you readers Read More
This month finds me revisting recordings of Shostakovich symphonies as well as exploring recordings of his piano concertos. I am also listening again to several recordings of music by William Schuman.
Here are a few of the things I am listening to repeatedly this month: Elmer Bernstein’s score for the film The Magnificent Seven. Bernard Herrmann’s score for the film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. William Walton’s Piano Quartet and String Read More