• So THAT’S a marimba!

    This year’s featured concert work is David Gillingham’s Marimba Concerto #2, performed by our very own Alex Guini. If you don’t know what a marimba is, it can be one of the most beautiful, exotic, calming, mesmerizing instruments ever invented in the right hands. Come see if that’s what you and your friends will experience… Matched with Ginastera’s “Symphonic Dances” some Bernstein, and a Sousa march, this is surely a concert you HAVE to share! General Admission (in advance) $15 DMS Members: login for 33% discount Visit https://mydms.me/event-4429582 for details and advance registration

  • Stephen P Brown composes a Bass Clarinet Concerto
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    A sample of the new concerto

      My next composition isn’t quite ready yet. But I really like it and want to share it with you NOW. So, there’s a sample below! It may seem my 7 year #PsalmQuest has been on hiatus and maybe you even thought I’d given up already. Well, I was ahead of schedule so after all the Christmas performances I did take some time off over Christmas and New Year to visit lots of people up and down East Coast USA, and then I embarked on my long-awaited Concerto for Bass Clarinet and strings. It’s almost ready and we all have to be thankful to Calvin Falwell and Diana Hessinger for…

  • Stephen P Brown's recommended books to read
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    12 books for the growing career

    I’m working hard on my next #PsalmQuest piece – a concerto for Bass Clarinet and Strings, and it is going well, but with the holidays and lots of travel it’s been hard to keep up. Should have something to share with you in a month or so. In the meantime, here is a list of 12 books all budding/ growing… people should read (At first I wrote “musicians” but realized there is a great deal of info here that is relevant for anyone trying to grow a business or even just their own career, even in the music-related books!). If you or someone you love is trying to build a…

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    #PsalmQuest Bass Clarinet Joint Commission!

    Well, this turned into an amazing project! A local performer reached out to me and said “We should work together!” He was very generous in sharing what a good reputation I have amongst some of his colleagues, so with my esteem duly stroked I said, “Sure!” Bass Clarinets rule! Turns out Calvin Falwell is a Bass Clarinet geek. Geeks are cool these days, so that is a compliment. It is also a compliment because I used to play bass clarinet myself when I was 12. You can hear a little about that story on the video below. You can imagine how excited I was when Calvin suggested I write a…

  • Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown share an insane fact about music
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    17 insane (but probably true) things about music

    This is just a fun post. None of these facts have been verified, but I bet at least one of them will put a smile on your face! Have a great week ­čÖé 1. There is a law in New Hampshire that prevents you from tapping your feet, nodding your head, or in any other way keep time to music whilst in a tavern (pub), restaurant or cafe. 2.┬áIn the 1930s, applause caused Toscanini’s radio concerts to be too long so the audience was asked to be quiet. Until then, classical music concerts were┬áextremely rowdy with people standing, walking around, drinking & eating, and having complete conversations while the musicians…