Those of you who have been following my blog for any length of time know that one of my absolute favorite performers these days is Mimi Stillman–and it certainly helps that she is so unbelievably kind and gracious. We were lucky enough to host her at the shop back in 2014, and she blew everyone away with her effortless poise and tec […]
If you are an at all experienced flute player, you have probably played a few cadenzas in your life. Johann Quantz defines a “cadenza” as “that extempore embellishment created, according to the fancy and pleasure of the performer, by a concertante part at the close of a piece on the penultimate note of the bass, that is, […]
This video from 1949 shows Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. The flutist playing is William Kincaid, who was my teacher’s teacher.
As I was watching the video, it struck me that Ormandy addressed the orchestra, saying “Gentlemen.” In 1949, there were no women in this orchestra. In f […]