All In The Family, Part 7 – To The Edge

This coming Saturday, I will say Kaddish for my father, to mark the seventh anniversary of his passing. As readers of this blog know, he and I often played and talked about music together, and a set of concerts I just played reminded me how much I miss that. ProMusica...

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Make Your Voice Heard

  I have been meaning to share this post for a couple of weeks now, but given all that has happened, especially in Pittsburgh, and what is coming next Tuesday (need I say this – VOTE!!!!!!), it feels like it’s really time. At a moment when our voices are...

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Radical Mutuality

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Lilla Watson, Aboriginal Australian artist and activist I first heard this quote from Vijay Gupta, while...

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World Record, Part 2 (Electric Boogaloo)

Last year, I posted about setting a world record for attendance at a string quartet performance, and the other night, I got to do the same thing for solo cello. 25,416 came out to see me perform a short program, which consisted of LA Philharmonic cellist David...

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Bach Goes To Hollywood (All In The Family, Part 6)

Today would have been my father's 80th birthday. As I've written here before, a lot of our life together centered around music, and I really miss being able to talk with him about what I'm playing and listening to the way we did. Some of you may also remember a post I...

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Packing Them In

Wouldn't it be great if audiences came into orchestra concerts like this? Many of you know that I believe that Bach and Boombox can get more butts in the seats at orchestra concerts – well now I have proof. Recently, I performed the Haydn C Major Concerto with the...

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