8/24/2018 01:35:32 pm
Outstanding (!!!!!) Episode on the music of Julie Giroux. I was introduced to her music by The Concord Band's second (and visionary) Music Director, Dr. WIlliam G. McManus; and he even got Julie to write a piece for us on commission in 2003, "Boston Liberties". Since I've been friends with her on Facebook for years and, indeed, do follow all her 'updates' on FB, I laughed at your knowledge of that site, cried, was amazed at details I didn't know about her past and how she crafts some of her music. I'm always trying to get our third MD to program more of her music (the only other piece we did was "K2"); in meantime, I listen on YT to other bands play her amazing, unique music. Thank you for the wonderful conversation. She's a very special person......And I had to laugh when she even managed to talk about her dogs and moonshine! Many thanks. Best podcast from you folks that I've heard in some time. I hope you don't mind that I shared it to my own Facebook Page. Best wishes, Laura Finkelstein (free-lance musician, Boston area; long-time piccoloist in The Concord Band; also played in many other orchestras and concert band -- including The Middlesex Band under David Rox -- and pit orchestras for theater musicals, chamber groups, etc. And I never studied instrumental music until after college when I moved to Boston area (only sang in a fantastic non-music-major chorus in college); my 'music path' has been very unique (started off playing folk guitar and singing with my sister; learned piano; moving to Boston and joining a community band because I had a flute (but always wanted to play piccolo) opened up so many doors for me, and it's been a wonderful, very different adventure, including being a publicist, program note writer, social media publicity consultant; studying Renaissance music for ten years, all while working full-time at other jobs. My current MD doesn't think much of my playing because I don't have a music degree, but many other people under whom I played had very different, positive reactions. I have a great ear (which was enhanced by learning the Kodaly system of sight-singing in the college chorus), really necessary for a piccolo player, and I keep trying to get better and not worry if MDs don't say anything to me; I often get emails from band members saying, "Wow,I loved how you played last night", and that's enough for me.
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