Ex-Hepton has had a very busy springtime! Its first public solo performance was on May 8th during the Settlement's Spring Showcase, where we played Stravinsky's Suite Italienne and Graceful Ghost by William Bolcom, both pieces written over 400 years after ex-Hepton first made a sound. He's truly the voice of experience!
The month of May is always a busy one at The Cleveland Orchestra and this year was no exception. Along with our Lakewood Residency (which culminated in a free concert at the Civic Auditorium), ex-Hepton was also performing Janacek's opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, down the street at Severance Hall.
On May 19th, ex-Hepton returned to The Music Settlement, where I performed a solo recital that included the Stravinsky and Bolcom as well as a Beethoven Sonata and a Slavonic Dance by Dvorak.
I've had ex-Hepton now for about a month and feel as though I'm really getting to know his quirks and secrets. It always takes a while to feel comfortable with a new violin but I think we have found a very compatible relationship.
We are currently in San Diego, CA performing in the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. I've done this music festival since 2000 and have such a great time playing with old friends from a smattering of the top American orchestras. Ex-Hepton will be here with me through June 22 and then we're off to play a week with the Minnesota Orchestra. This is particularly exciting for me since I grew up going to Minnesota Orchestra concerts and always dreamed of playing on stage with them someday.
I will be back in July to resume teaching at the Settlement and start the Blossom season with The Cleveland Orchestra. Soon enough, I'll be preparing for our European tour in September. For now, though, I'll be enjoying the California sunshine.