It's been WAY too long since I blogged. A lot has happened in the past year. The SWFLSO survived AND has come out on the other side of its struggle to exist as a leaner, meaner organization. The band almost closed its doors a year ago in July. Since then, the office staff reorganized, moved to a better location, paid off its debts, had a very successful 2013-14 season, chose a new Music Director (Maestro Nir Kabaretti), AND refilled its endowment fund to the tune of $2 million dollars, with some monies left for operating expenses.
On November 15th, I will have the distinct honor and pleasure to perform Vivaldi's Concerto No. 3, the "Goldfinch" with Maestro Bjaland conducting. I have written my own ornaments for the second movement and intend to write a special cadenza for the last movement, but at the moment, connecting my ideas has proved elusive.
Beth and I will be performing for the Florida Flute Convention on January 30th. Chris Abell (of Abell flutes) and his wife and flutist Kate Steinbeck will be attending. We are just setting up our program now. Details to follow.