Thoughts from a socially-isolated pianist

I’m tired of cancellation notices.
I’m tired of emails and Zoom meetings.
I’m tired of persuading myself to practice when I have no gigs.
I’m tired of chasing paychecks from January and February, not for work that was cancelled, but for work I’ve already done.
What day of the week is it? Does it matter? Do I matter?
I’m drinking lots of tea and eating lots of snacks.
I’m living in elastic-waisted pants.
I’m financially secure.
I’m healthy.

Repertoire List: 2018-2019 Academic Year

Song cycles, sonatas, concertos, etc. were performed in their entirety unless otherwise specified.

Works performed in public:

Beethoven Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17
Berlioz Les nuits d’été, Op. 7 (selections)
Bernstein Clarinet Sonata
Bozza En Forêt, Op. 40
Britten Winter Words, Op. 52 (selections)
Debussy Nuit d’étoiles
Donizetti “Bella siccome un angelo” from Don Pasquale
Handel “Svegliatevi nel core” from Giulio Cesare
Haydn Arianna a Naxos, Hob. XXVIb:2
Haydn “Schon eilet froh der Ackersmann” from Die Jahreszeiten
Hindemith Horn Sonata
Humperdink “Abendsegen” from Hänsel und Gretel
arr. Johnson, Craig Hella I love you / What a wonderful world
arr. Johnson, Craig Hella Lo how a rose / The Rose
Krommer Concerto No. 1 for Two Clarinets, Op. 35 (Rondo)
Liebermann Flute Sonata, Op. 23
Liszt Die Loreley
Liszt Du bist wie eine Blume
Liszt Kling’ leise, mein Lied
Liszt Oh, quand je dors
Liszt S’il est un charmant gazon
Mahler, Alma Die stille Stadt
Mahler, Alma Laue Sommernacht
Mahler, Gustav Rückert Lieder
Mendelssohn Lied ohne worte, Op. 109
Messiaen Le merle noir
Poulenc Hôtel
Quilter Three Pastoral Songs
Ravel Tzigane
Rossini “La Promessa-Canzonetta” from Les soirées musicales
Rossini La Regata Veneziana
Rutter What sweeter music
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Saint-Saëns Romance, Op. 36
Scarlatti Già il sole dal Gange
Schubert Die schöne Müllerin, D 795 (selections)
Schubert Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen
Sibelius Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47 (Allegro moderato)
Tosti A vucchella
Tosti Ideale
Tosti La serenata
Tosti Non t’amo più
Weber Grand Duo Concertant
Widor Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34

Works prepared for auditions, masterclasses, and recordings:

Barber “Must the winter come so soon” from Vanessa
Bellini Vaga luna, che inargenti
Carissimi Vittoria, mio core!
Donaudy O del mio amato ben
Gluck “Unis des la plus tendre enfance” from Iphigénie en Tauride
Handel “Piangerò la sorte mia” from Giulio Cesare
Moore “Willow Song” from The Ballad of Baby Doe
Mozart Abendempfindung, K 523
Mozart “Smanie implacabili” from Così fan tutte
Mozart “Batti, batti” from Don Giovanni
Mozart Die Zufriedenheit, K 473
Mozart Exsultate, jubilate, K 165
Mozart “Deh vieni, non tardar” from Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart “In unomini, in soldati” from Così fan tutte
Mozart “O zittre nicht” from Die Zauberflöte
Mozart Ridente la calma, K 210a
Mozart “S’altro che lacrime” from La Clemenza di Tito
Mozart “Una donna a quindici anni” from Così fan tutte
Mozart Un moto die gioia, K 579
Mozart “Vedrai, carino” from Don Giovanni
Mozart “Zeffiretti lusinghieri” from Idomeneo
Puccini “Quando m’en vo” from La Bohème
Quilter Now sleeps the crimson petal
Schubert Im frühling
Schumann Widmung
Strauss Morgen, Op. 27, No. 4
Tchaikovsky Sred shumnovo bala (Amid the din of the ball), Op. 38, No. 3
Vaughan Williams Silent noon

What to wear for gigs? An epiphany

Earlier this month I was getting ready for a gig and agonizing over what to wear. Long dress? Short dress? Pants? All black? Color? As usual, I had a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. I settled on a nondescript, semi-formal, all-black outfit and hoped I would not appear on camera.

When I arrived on site and met my collaborator, I thought, “He’s so lucky. All he has to do is throw on a black suit, and he’s perfectly dressed for any occasion.” And then it hit me. I, too, can throw on a black suit, and who’s going to stop me?

The more I thought about it, the more appealing wearing a suit became. If I’m required to wear all black, I can wear a black blouse under the jacket. If I’m feeling bold, I can swap in a colorful blouse or statement jewelry. If it’s cold, I can easily layer both tops and bottoms. (I swear by Uniqlo Heattech.)

A suit may not be the right attire for every occasion, but it’s an easy, safe default for a collaborative pianist. A girly-girl at heart, I’ll keep wearing dresses in warm weather, but for the other 9 months of the year (thanks, Boston), don’t be surprised to see me in a suit!