Hello and thanks for visiting my blog about classical music!
While my real job has me working in international logistics and transportation, my love of classical music has motivated me to start writing this blog. I grew up playing classical music on the piano and also played the clarinet through college. Sure, I spent three years in the Indiana University Marching Hundred and Pep Band, but my love will always be for the music of the Classical, Baroque and Early music eras. (Igor Stravinsky is growing on me though!)
2013-2014 will be my second year as a season ticket holder with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra here in Columbus, Ohio, after not having gone to a single concert – of any kind – for about 4-5 years. Darned economy! I may be up in the rear balcony, but the sound is wonderful and I’m so happy to be able to attend concert performances by amazingly good musicians.
Most people don’t know it, but we have an amazing treasure in our symphony. It’s full of world-class talent that I hope everyone will go see at least once while they’re in Columbus.
Since I’ve started getting to better know our Symphony, I’ve started writing about it as well. This blog is starting in June 2013, but I’ve pulled in about 8-10 posts off my knitting blog, The Itinerant Knitter, to keep all my musical fun in one place. While I love the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, I also enjoy hearing other local ensembles play, so I’ll write about those, too.
I have no idea where this is going, but I fully plan to have fun with it. Giocoso = playful, so it’ll be positive, fun and upbeat. Since this is a blog, I sure hope you’ll leave comments and let me know what you think.
Thanks so much – ENJOY!
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I’m originally from New Albany, Indiana, but have lived in seven states and two other countries.
Undergrad: Indiana University – I studied languages (French, Italian, German, a little Russian), even spent my senior year at the Université de Strasbourg, France. I got to enjoy a couple of concerts with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and at another locale, heard Mozart’s Clarinet concert K622, for the first time.
Grad School: The Ohio State University – Master of Labor and Human Resources at the Fisher College of Business.
I served in the Peace Corps from 2000-2002 in Smolyan, Bulgaria. I didn’t live in Sofia so I never got to see the Sofia Philharmonic at the Народен театър „Иван Вазов“ (Ivan Vazov National Theatre), but I did get to see a symphony while I lived in Blagoevgrad after finishing my service as a Peace Corps volunteer. Was my first time in nearly three years hearing a live performance of classical music.
Music and beautiful culture – there’s so much of it out there. We just have to open our eyes and make a small effort to look. It’s easier to find than you might think!