Tag: music

A first step toward the future of Andy Nebula?

My 1999 YA science fiction novel Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star (which you can read online, or download, in its entirety) postulated a future in which company called Sensation Singles uses a computer to identify the next “big thing” on the interstellar music scene, plucks a person matching that description from musical obscurity, and raises …

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A preview of Saskatchewan Express

My preview of Saskatchewan Express‘s December show Deck the Halls, Broadway Style is in today’s Regina LeaderPost. It begins: Saskatchewan Express does a December show in Regina every year, but it doesn’t always do a Christmas show. This year, it is, and it opens tonight at the Shumiatcher Theatre in the MacKenzie Art Gallery. “I …

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Mozart, Mahler, Magic

My review of Saturday’s Regina Symphony Orchestra concert is now online at the LeaderPost. An excerpt: “The Concerto for Flute and Harp “(which Sawa himself had never heard played live before now) was originally written as a piece for chamber orchestra, and thus couldn’t help but be lighter in tone. In fact, aside from two …

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My review of the National Arts Centre Orchestra…

…which played a benefit concert for the Regina Symphony Orchestra Saturday night, is in today’s LeaderPost. It begins: “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got those strings” would be one way to sum up the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s concert Saturday night at the Conexus Arts Centre. The strings are the heart of …

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Another satisfied reader!

A Science Fiction Book Club member writes on the club’s page for Marseguro: “Good read, strong character…I enjoyed this book all in one evening. It was too good to put down. Strong female character and good evolution of all the central characters.” There have been enough good reviews from various sources now I’m starting to …

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The science of what I’m doing right now: music

I’m currently in the middle of a Saskatchewan tour with the Canadian Chamber Choir. In fact, we have a joint concert with Juventus in Regina on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster United Church. Because my brain is currently stuffed full of music, it’s hard for me to come up with a scintillating new science …

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My preview of next week’s Philip Scriven organ recital…

…was in yesterday’s LeaderPost. It begins: When the organist and “Master of the Choristers” of the centuries-old Lichfield Cathedral plays recitals, you might expect him to limit himself to the most traditional pieces of the classical repertoire. In the case of world-renowned Philip Scriven, giving a recital at Holy Rosary Cathedral on Oct. 22 at …

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Canadian Chamber Choir tour is getting close!

From October 18 to 25, I probably won’t be blogging much, if at all, because I’ll be touring Saskatchewan with the Canadian Chamber Choir. Here’s the information about the tour from the official press release. If you’re in the neighborhood of one of our concerts, please come out! It’s a great group. We sing really …

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Things I Found in my Mother-in-Law’s House: Music

Notes for this week’s CBC radio segment of Things I Found in My Mother-in-Law’s House: ****Regina has a long history as a musical city, with musical clubs, choirs, bands and, of course, the Regina Symphony Orchestra getting started within a few years of the city’s founding. Ed Willett’s grandparents-in-law, Nancy and Sam Goodfellow, were an …

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My review of Saturday’s Regina Symphony Orchestra concert…

… can be read online here.

The half-million-dollar guitar

The first guitar Jimi Hendrix set alight on stage has sold at auction for $527,044. Which is a great excuse for an excerpt from the biography of Hendrix I wrote for Enslow Publishers, Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky: The Experience finished the album that spring, and called it Are You Experienced. Before it was released, …

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Willett of the Day: Sue Willett, Singer/Songwriter

Another musical Willett! From the Conlans Press website: Sue Willett is a wonderfully talented singer, songwriter, audio engineer, music editor, vocal coach, voiceover agent & director, and PR manager. She is the person you want on your team when canvassing an after-Oscar party with more than a 1000 guests (because nobody works a room like …

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