Mind on Prokofiev

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In the course of a morning Principal Trumpet Karin Bliznik was in the Powell Hall basement warming up, then on the stage, then the Green Room with her mind on Prokofiev. Here is what she shared for the Symphony blog.

See. Hear.

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See and hear Cally Banham talk about The Swan of Tuonela. Hear me talk about the full weekend program. Click.

Getting Warmer

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Where do brass players warm up before rehearsal? Many go deep into the underground of Powell Hall, into the boiler room. I found trombone players Tim Myers and Gerry Pagano, and trumpet players Karin Bliznik and Mike Walk down there Wednesday morning before Prokofiev 5 rehearsal.

Mike Walk warms up in the Powell Hall boiler room.
Mike Walk warms up in the Powell Hall boiler room.

Hot Picks – Prokofiev 5

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Every summer before the musicians scatter to music festivals around the world, I ask for their season-to-come hot picks. One of those comes up this week: English horn player Cally Banham solos in Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, John Adams’ My Father Knew Charles Ives, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. It’s also a David Robertson week, which is always a hot pick.

Sarah Hogan Kaiser
Sarah Hogan Kaiser

Here’s what double bassist Sarah Hogan Kaiser said about Prokofiev 5: “I love the long sweeping melodies, and Prokofiev does a great job of inserting the unexpected here and there—something unusual and delightful that perks up the ear. This is especially true of the fourth movement—the melodies are spritely and pointed, very much giocoso.”