Flying West to the East

7:00 AM at Salt Lake International Airport. I’m waiting to board a flight to Los Angeles, where I connect to Tokyo, where I join the Boston Symphony en route to Nagoya, Japan. There we begin a ten-day tour, performing six concerts in four cities.

The past week has been a whirlwind! First, we put the final editing touches on my new audiobook, Danse Macabre, which is now available for preorder and will very soon be available both as a download and CD set. You can hear an audio sample for this unique audiobook, which features music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Saint-Säens woven seamlessly into sensational reading by Jim Frangione, by going to Alison Larkin Presents.

Danse Macabre AUDIO COVER

Thursday, October 26, was a very special day. Jim Bradley, owner of the snazzy 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City, graciously provided his space for a fabulous fund-raising event for Citizens Climate Lobby-Salt Lake City. We had a packed house for a pre-Halloween presentation I gave of my seasonally appropriate murder mysteries, Playing with Fire, Spring Break, and Devil’s Trill and Danse Macabre audiobooks, performing music by Tartini, Saint-Säens, and Vivaldi along with readings. Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 12.05.11 PMCombined with a delectable reception catered by The Avenues Bistro on Third, we raised thousands of dollars in donations and book sales (provided by The King’s English Bookshop) for student scholarships, enabling them to attend regional and national conferences where they learn firsthand how to engage actively in the democratic process in a nonpartisan, respectful way.

screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-8-15-03-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-23-at-8-11-19-pmFinally, on Sunday, October 29, I had the great pleasure of performing a program of great chamber music on the Faculty Showcase series at Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah School of Music with my colleagues Vedrana Subotic, piano; Julie Edwards, viola; and John Eckstein, cello. We had a large and enthusiastic turnout for Brahms sublime B Major Trio and fiery G Minor Quartet.

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Brahms at the piano

Yesterday I packed! I’m actually looking forward to the long flight to Japan because I get to study scores undisturbed for the annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert I’m conducting on December 9. It’s a wonderful holiday season fund-raising event for the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, which fosters international relations “one handshake at a time.” In addition to Vivaldi’s music, we’re performing some wonderful music by lesser known but equally accomplished composers: Heinrich Biber, Pietro Castrucci, Alessandro Stradella, and Giuseppe Brescianello.

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Vivaldi by Candlelight

And then, of course, is the BSO tour itself! We always have wonderful audiences in Japan and I expect this tour will be no exception, especially with Maestro Andris Nelsons on the podium. The major works are Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (my favorite Mahler symphony!), Rachmaninov Second, and Shostakovich Eleventh. The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is a pretty major work to, and with Gil Shaham as the soloist, it will no doubt be an audience favorite.

Between the concerts and the sushi, I’m looking forward to a very enjoyable Japan adventure. For the moment, I need a cup of coffee.



5 thoughts on “Flying West to the East

  1. Stephen Rosenfeld

    Hi, a very fine email. Thank you. Knowing you choose your words with care, often with a thinly-concealed edge, but sometimes with the utmost diplomacy (and sometimes both), I read with care and interest your reference to Gil Shaham. I write this, confessedly, as one of those audience members who did indeed find him a favorite when he played in Boston in October. .Best, Steve

    On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 9:55 AM, GERALD ELIAS – Author and Musician wrote:

    > eliaspattn posted: “7:00 AM at Salt Lake International Airport. I’m > waiting to board a flight to Los Angeles, where I connect to Tokyo, where I > join the Boston Symphony en route to Nagoya, Japan. There we begin a > ten-day tour, performing six concerts in four cities. The pas” >

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  2. eliaspattn Post author

    The refined art of Asian diplomacy is well worth trying to emulate. Gil is one of the great violinists of our day and his audience appeal is entirely justified.


  3. ccyager

    You’ve been busy! Congratulations on getting the new audiobook off the ground! Toi-toi for the tour. Gil Shaham is wonderful! I’m so jealous. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!


  4. frances dearman

    Sounds like a great trip, Jerry, and some excellent opportunities to build understanding.

    btw, your innovative music&words production for Danse Macabre was featured as the book review in the November newsletter here at the congregation I currently serve.

    And some version of Danse Macabre will likely be used as prelude this Sunday, when I preach on All Saints, All Souls.

    Safe journeys to us all, Fran in Ontario Canada

    Interim Minister the Rev. Fran Dearman serving the Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda, Essex County Ontario I read e-mail at random intervals; if your message is time sensitive, please telephone: home study land line: 519.398.8436 (home study and voice mail) dire emergency cell phone: 1.778.835.8616 (cell, no voice mail) ________________________________________

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    1. eliaspattn Post author

      I’m honored! I don’t think I’ve ever been quoted in a sermon. I’d love to see the review in your congregation’s newsletter. If you could figure out a way to send me a link or cut & paste it, that would be great. In any case, thanks for your regular comments. I really appreciate them.



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