Going to Prague

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Going to Prague

Exciting news!!  Stratus Chamber Orchestra, where I am assistant principal cello, is going to Prague this June!!  We have been invited to perform in the American Festival and display our immersive style concerts!  More information about this tour can be fount at http://stratusco.org/prague.  However, taking part in this once in a lifetime tour is going to cost over $3000 and I could use your help!!  I am trying to raise money to help cover the cost of taking part and I would really appreciate a donation of whatever amount you would be willing to give to the following website below before we leave in June!!  If you are in the US, you can get a tax-deduction with your donation, as Stratus Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit organization.   I can't thank you enough!!

https://augustanaarts.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n3600000OV7YEAA1

Thanks again!

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Summer Music Academy and Summer Plans

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Summer Music Academy and Summer Plans

Its been an interesting May and June!   After an amazing time performing with David Campbell at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School's 35th Anniversary Concert in Chicago Symphony Center, I had to fly to Canada to play at my mothers funeral.  That was one of the most difficult times I've ever had playing the cello in my life.  I miss her terribly and can't thank her enough for all that she did to influence my life!  She fought harder than anybody I've ever known with Parkinson's and she beat the disease for 33 years!  Soon, I'm sure the knowledge that she is no longer in any pain will be of comfort, but for now, I have my wife, family, dog, cello and garden to help me through this difficult time.  What a month of extremes!

However, in June, I was again invited to be the cello instructor, chamber coach, sectional leader and overnight counselor at University of Colorado' High School Summer Music Academy!  This year, for the first time, I had two of my own students taking part and it was a joy watching them improve enormously in the space of a week!   It made me feel incredible knowing that I was in some way responsible for the amount of learning and improvement taking place in their lives and I can't wait to see where they will go from here!  

The rest of the summer will be quieter, with work going into recording another CD and producing an edition of the Braun Suites for Cello.  Stay tuned for more!

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Chicago and More!

This is shaping to be an exciting 2016!  In April I will be performing on two graduate student recitals at University of Colorado Boulder.  The first concert with Leslee Smucker will feature Canoni per violino e violoncello (1946) by Giorgio Federico Ghedini, a piece that is not widely know, but should be.  

The second recital with Stephen Bott will feature LIgNEouS 1 for Marimba and String Quartet by Andy Akiho.  This awesome piece, written a few years ago features some creative extended techniques and rhythms as the piece unfolds.  I can't wait to play both these recitals

In May I have been asked to perform Vivaldi's Double Concerto with Dave Campbell at Chicago Symphony Hall for the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School's 35th anniversary gala.  This huge honor will be even more satisfying because I will be performing with longtime friend Dave Campbell and get to see my first teacher, Sally Gross again.  I can't wait.  

In the meantime I will performing with Stratus Chamber Orchestra this week at Fairview High School in Boulder at the Denver Art Museum in April.

Summer plans are forthcoming.  Stay tuned!

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Christmas Already!!!

It is hard to believe that Christmas is here already!!  This is my favorite time of year and I can't wait to see some of my family that I haven't seen in a few years!  It is also hard to believe that a year ago I was graduating with my Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (DMA) from University of Colorado Boulder!   What a year!

I have had an amazing past few months and was invited to perform with the Boulder Philharmonic twice in November, performing Brahms' Symphony No.2 and Tchaikovksy's Nutcracker for the first time in my life!  What an amazing and inspirational expierence playing with this fine orchestra has proved to be!  

This coming weekend I will be performing Christmas Carols at Hammond's Candies' Candy Cane Festival, which I have done now for the past 2 years and has always been a blast!  You can come to the factory for a free tour and get some amazing discounts on America's largest handmade candy maker's beautiful holiday candies.  Don't miss this!!

Finally, on New Years' Eve I have been asked to join the Boulder Chamber Orchestra again for their New Year's Eve concert in Lakewood.  If you are in the area and don't have plans for New Years Eve, consider attending this fun performance, as it was a blast last year!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we approach 2016!!!

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What a September!!

This has been one of the most exiting September's of my life.  This should have been the first September where I didn't have to start a new semseter at school, but after being so inspired by Rick Mooney and the Suzuki Teacher Training class I took at the Greater Ausitn Suzuki Institute, I have decided to enrol in the Suzuki Certificate program at Universtiy of Denver with Carol Tarr.  The whole philosophy makes so much sense to me and the organized way in which the materials have been laid out allow for organized freedom, without having to worry so much about repertoire.  I had so much fun with Suzuki when I was a kid, it makes sense that I should pass this forward!

In addition to starting another year at school, have joined the Stratus Chamber Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cellist and look forward to working with this ensemble.  Additonally I was asked to sub with the Boulder Philharmonic in their season opener with Gabriel Montero performing Rachmanioff's gigantic 2nd Piano Concerto that was broadcast live on CPR.  It was an amazing expierence to perform with a professional orchestra, and it was the most fun I've had playing in an Orchestra in years! 

The Boulder International Fringe Festival brings in performers from around the world, and this year I was asked to perform with NYC based theatre company "Concrete Temple Theatre" in their production of Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities.  This one man show with solo cello was increadibly clever and a real please to perform.  I hope to perform with them again in the future.  

Finally this month, I was asked to play in B'nai Vail's Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur service, where I was asked to play the original Kol Nidre chant, which I had never heard before.  While Bruch's Kol Nidre is more immediatly appealing, the chant grew on me immensly and I really enjoyed having this opportunity!   

Phew, what a busy fun month and I look forward to what the next few months present!  

 

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Suzuki Teacher Training

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Suzuki Teacher Training

This week, I am in Austin completing my Suzuki Book 1 teacher training.  This has been such a life changing expierence and not at all what I was expecting!  Having grown up as a Suzuki kid, getting a great start from my amazing teacher, Sally Gross, I thought I knew alot about the method, but I am finding out that I know very little!  After reading his book "Nutured by Love" and watching videos of Suzuki teach, it is easy to see why the world fell in love with the man and his method.  I can't wait to continue my road of discovery! 

All of this Suzuki training has also made me feel somewhat nostelgic, so here is a link to a video of me playing at my first Suzuki Institute Solo Recital!  

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High School Summer Music Academy at University of Colorado

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High School Summer Music Academy at University of Colorado

I am so fortuneate this week to again be teaching and coaching the wonderful kids at CU's High School Summer Music Academy (SMA).  This year the music camp has a total of 9 cellists, which is the single largest instrument section in the orchestra.  This is a far cry from the 3 cellists that attended the first year!  As the masterclass teacher I am estatic to have so many cellists to work with, and what else can one do with 9 cellists but bust out some great cello ensemble music!  I can't believe how fast these kids soak up information - it gives me great hope for the futre of classical music!   This is going to be a great week of cello power, and chamber music!  I wish it was longer than just one week!

~Adam

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New Website!

New Website!

I have finally finished my new website and I hope you like the new look!  I'd like to thank my cousin Jeff, for making my former website, which served me well for over 10 years!!!  It seemed fitting now that I'm no longer in school and it's finally summer that I made some adjustments to my online presence!  I hope you enjoy and feel free to drop be a line!