“Give me a laundry list and I’ll set it to music.”
On April 30, 8pm, the Lori Huff saxophone recital, “An Eclectic Evening”, will finally take the stage at Cal Poly, Pomona‘s Recital Hall. Featuring the musical talents of both Cal Poly students and faculty, the eclectic line-up of musical styles and ensembles for that evening will include: “Foxtrot”, a sax and violin duet by Michael G. Cunningham; “Sonata No. 2” by Jacquet, originally for cello and violin, to be rendered on a MIDI wind controller and electric violin; and an intimate re-arrangement of my original composition, “Bleeding Heart”, originally for Soprano Sax and String Orchestra. Also, my arrangement of “Caoineadh Na Mara/Amen” by William Coulter, which I completed specifically at the request of Ms. Huff, will be performed by a host of Cal Poly’s very own faculty. Don’t miss these and many other delightful pieces!
“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.”
Ever wonder what’s going on around your area in Southern California? Ever feel like attending a cultured and inspiring event, such as an evening concert of chamber music, or an Art and Music lecture at the Getty? Jim Eninger, editor of the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter, has compiled a list of upcoming events, which you can subscribe to by emailing him at the link on this site. At Classical Music Calendars, you’ll also find an exhaustive list of links to other calendars of specific arts events.
So take a night off, be enriched and inspired, and experience the music and art of your area.
“. . . I write novels . . . because I can’t sing, play an instrument, or compose sonatas . . . Writing, even great writing, is inevitably to some degree a local concern, in a way that music simply isn’t.”
By the way, Mr. Cunningham has acknowledged that one composer whose work never ceases to bring him inspiration is Philip Glass. In the “minimalistic” style of Philip Glass, importance is found in the subtle metamorphosis of small and repetitive motives or ideas, and Cunningham has likened this simplicity in music to his style of writing, for which beauty is found in the everyday, casual happenings of normal people. We are, after all, creatures who run through our days with reliable repetition, and there is peace and beauty to be found in that.
“The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.”
Truly so. It’s all about give and take, the equality and importance of each part, and the camaraderie — the bending and adjusting — of each musician. It’s about working together, in spite of individual frailties, to bring about the most perfect whole.
“Music should never be harmless.”
Welcome to the official “Main Site” of Sarah Wallin!
You’ll notice that what once said “Main” on the top bar now says “Music”; clicking on this link will take you directly to my current music examples. Also, you’ll find my ResumÃ© up-to-date with a comprehensive list of my education and experience, and links to some of the important people and organizations in my life.
This web version of the 1980 book “The Violin Close Up” is a really neat introduction to the violin. The author and photographer, Peter Schaaf, presents the story of how the violin produces sound, in a most charming manner. The photos are just beautiful (good pick for the subject, too — a very lovely instrument), with up close views of the bridge, the belly, the tailpiece, etc., etc. Every part of the violin and bow is detailed, but the “technical” descriptions are tastefully child-like and poetic. Definitely a good read for children and adults alike!
I also recommend that, while visiting Mr. Schaaf’s site, you take a look at some of his other striking, high-quality works, such as his photos of the beloved Dorothy DeLay, the “grayscale women”, and (my personal favorite) the wild antics of Peter Schickele, including his “swinging” entrance into Carnegie Hall! Click here to begin exploring Peter Schaaf’s site.