About Heather

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!

 - Heather

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Check out my other blogs: The Itinerant Knitter about knitting, travel and fun culture and Tour de Bruyère about my journey to train for the 2015 Columbus Marathon. Yes – I am probably insane! :-) But that’s OK!

Unless otherwise noted within a post, all photos used in the blog are my own

I will save you!frameSome basics:

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! :-)

4 responses

  1. Hi Heather, I just recently discovered your blog and want to thank you for writing about the Columbus Symphony on a regular basis. As a member of the orchestra for decades, I really appreciate the attention you are generating. Doug Fisher, Second Bassoon

    1. Oh my gosh – what a nice thing to say. Thank you! I love classical music, I really do, so I’m grateful for such a wonderful symphony 10-minutes from home! (Grandview) I’m happy to write about it so please feel free to spread the word. This blog was put together the beginning of June. Maybe if more people hear about the treasure we have in our symphony, it’ll help ensure its continued existence. We need good music performed by high-quality musicians and the CSO is a great source for that! :-)

  2. Theresa Huey | Reply

    Hi Heather the pic of you on your blog reminds me of the bugs bunny cartoon ” kill the rabbit kill the rabbit” love it … and if you have not seen it, I believe it is a spin on Flight of the Valkyries in any event it is a great classic both actually

    1. HA HA! Thanks, Theresa! Yeah – I’ve posted some Bugs Bunny / Elmer Fudd cartoons before – like the one that was set to Rossini’s Barber of Seville. We had such great cartoons as kids, didn’t we?!

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