Tab dump 12/21/09

By a not-so-odd coincidence (it is December, after all) some of the autograph of Messiah is now available online. Check out the end of the Hallelujah chorus and notice the absence of any tempo change in the last two bars.

This is very sad.

And why would Costa Rica own instruments in the first place if not for them to be played?

The Vancouver Symphony would like to be seen as well as heard.

I wrote an article for Polyphonic on how to survive being treasurer of your orchestra committee.

Peter Dobrin thinks that three years without a music director is too long for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

You can help pass health care reform or you can help someone pay their bills by buying a violin. Seriously.

The Cleveland has a New Chairman.

The Seattle burns through Another ED.

About the author

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

Robert Levine has been the Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Symphony since September 1987. Before coming to Milwaukee Mr. Levine had been a member of the Orford String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, with whom he toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and South America. Prior to joining the Orford Quartet, Mr. Levine had served as Principal Violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, and the Oklahoma City Symphony, as well as serving as guest principal with the orchestras of Indianapolis and Hong Kong.

He has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, the Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco), and numerous community orchestras in Northern California and Minnesota. He has also been featured on American Public Radio's nationally broadcast show "St. Paul Sunday Morning" on several occasions.

Mr. Levine has been an active chamber musician, having performed at the Festival Rolandseck in Germany, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Palm Beach Festival, the "Strings in the Mountains" Festival in Colorado, and numerous concerts in the Twin Cities and Milwaukee. He has also been active in the field of new music, having commissioned and premiered works for viola and orchestra from Minnesota composers Janika Vandervelde and Libby Larsen.

Mr. Levine was chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians from 1996 to 2002 and currently serves as President of the Milwaukee Musicians Association, Local 8 of the American Federation of Musicians, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras. He has written extensively about issues concerning orchestra musicians for publications of ICSOM, the AFM, the Symphony Orchestra Institute, and the League of American Orchestras.

Mr. Levine attended Stanford University and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland. His primary teachers were Aaron Sten and Pamela Goldsmith. He also studied with Paul Doctor, Walter Trampler, Bruno Giuranna, and David Abel.

He lives with his wife Emily and his son Sam in Glendale.

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  • The Costa Rica instrument incident is a bit complex. The Orquesta Filarmónica is a private/for profit institution; it has several students that use state-owned instruments from a state music school.
    The instruments are bough with state money, hence,indirectly paid by the people through taxes. No actives from the state (be cars, computers, musical instruments) can be used for profit/private purposes. So, in one sense, it is like taking the state’s car, something with a specific public purpose, so you can drive it privately and make money off it.
    On the other hand, although legally justified as part of a series of internal audits, it was not the most elegant way of executing it.

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