Fires and Fortes? Yes, this is fire season in Southern California. We are predicted to have a lot of them. It is the flip side of finally having a lot of rain. Last winter ended the long-running drought. That meant a lot of brush growth, which is now very dry in this triple-digit weather. It doesn't take much to get it burning and once it starts it burns fast.
The weekend of June 30 was the weekend before the 4th of July. I had four performances of three different ensembles in three days. This where the "Fortes," come in. One of them was at the Redlands Bowl with the San Bernardino Symphony. While stopping to do some shopping on the way out the "Mart" fire started just a few miles away. The concert at the Bowl was an all-trombone soloist program. How did that come about? I can't imagine. Why it came about? I can't imagine. There was an international trombone convention in town, but that is really no excuse. Two of the other performances was with the orchestra and choir of the La Canada Presbyterian Church. The big show on Saturday night was a patriotic program. Sunday morning was just a service. Sunday night was with the Brad Dutz Tentet. Brad has just released a new CD titled "Ten Technicians Titled Ted." This was the release performance. Here is a link to a vid of the tune "Transcribing Trane Takes Time."
|The beginning of the "Mart," fire.|
|A link to an article on the fire.|
Each of the three days I drove out to Redlands, I ate lunch at Huicho's Tacos. I recommend them highly, should you be in the area.
Frank Fetta conducting the rehearsal of Eric Ewazen's Ballade for bass trombone, harp and strings, with Brandt Attema, bass trombone- Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Astrid Haring, harp.
|Ross Hammond opened the show at Open Gate Theatre's long-running new music series.|
|Brad Dutz and Chris Wabich, the two prime culprits of Dutz' "Ten Technicians Title Ted." You can watch and listen to one of the tunes here.|
|Ensemble member John Fumo (on the right), supporters Stuart Liebig (center), Michael Vlatkovich (left).|
|Glen Berger - oboe and English horn.|
|Kim Richmond - woodwinds.|
|Jasper Dutz - woodwinds.|