Category Archive: Personal

Aug 04

My Musical Career| Part Thirty-Three

My Musical Career | Part Thirty-Three The Year 1987 – Part Three As I mentioned in the last two blog posts, the year 1987 was an extremely busy year musically for me and for the orchestra that I had the honor to be a part of.  Our 1987 US tour was the subject of the …

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Jul 11

My Musical Career| Part Thirty-Two

  My Musical Career|Part Thirty-Two   The Year 1987 – Part Three   Our First USA Tour – Part One The year 1987 was indeed a pivotal year in so many ways, as I pointed out in the last two blog posts. So much happened that year, that in the recounting of events, I have …

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May 26

My Musical Career|Part Thirty-One B

My Musical Career | Part Thirty-One B 1987 – A Pivotal Year – Part Two In my last post, I related many of the events of the year 1987 which was indeed a pivotal year for both myself and the orchestra. The orchestra changed recording labels and increased their recording activity three-fold and made the …

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Apr 24

My Musical Career|Part Thirty-One

  My Musical Career|Part Thirty-One   1987|A Pivotal Year – Part One Looking back over my musical life, 1987 now seems to be on of the pivotal years for both the orchestra and myself. There were several such years – 1984 – when the orchestra began recording the Tchaikovsky series for Chandos, and we began …

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Mar 11

My Musical Career | Part Thirty

My Musical Career | Part Thirty Short Tours with the Orchestra – 1986 While most of the tours that the orchestra undertook during my fifteen years with the ensemble were of two weeks or more duration, there were several shorter ones of shorter duration that were quite notable. I’ll devote this blog post to three …

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Jan 26

My Musical Career | Part Twenty-Nine


  My Musical Career|Part Twenty-Nine Touring with the Oslo Philharmonic Fall 1985 – Germany, Switzerland and Austria In my last post in this series, I wrote about my first “big” tour with the orchestra to the United Kingdom. During the course of that tour we visited England, Scotland and Wales. Needless to say, other than …

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Nov 24

My Musical Career|Part Twenty-Eight

  My Musical Career | Part Twenty-Eight   Touring with the Oslo Philharmonic – U.K 1984 In my previous post, I talked about some of the highlights of my first seasons with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. My first tour with the orchestra was an overnight run-out to Gothenberg, Sweden. My first “big” tour with the …

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Oct 08

My Musical Career |Part Twenty-Seven

  My Musical Career|Part Twenty-Seven   Playing the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (orchestral version) and Other Highlights… One of the biggest challenges facing me that first season with the orchestra happened relatively early on. I was fully aware of it as I had been sent a copy of the season’s program during …

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Sep 12

My Musical Career|Part Twenty-Six

My Musical Career|Part Twenty-Six That First Season……. That first full season with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra was a very interesting one., musically and personally. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I began my tenure as principal timpanist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (called solopaukist in Norwegian) on September 7, 1983. The program for that …

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Aug 12

My Musical Career | Part Twenty-Five

My Musical Career | Part Twenty-Five Goodbye, Evansville, Hello, Oslo! In my previous post, I described my ten-week trial period with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, which took place between the end of November 1982 and the end of February 1983. It was an exciting experience and one that was very different from your usual audition, …

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