The Pittsburgh Camerata Blog

As some of you may have noticed, I basically don't do blog entries anymore. Part of that is because I spend the time I used to devote to blog entries into making web programs for the concerts. I spend a LOT of time of those, actually. And it occurred to me that it's rather sad for them to just disappear altogether once the season is over. (Hopefully they live on in some of your hearts. Probably not, though : )

I few days ago I got a notification from Facebook that I was tagged in this photo. As I saw it my heart fell, because I knew what was coming.

Hopefully you have all had a chance to have a look at the schedule posted on the PMA website by now. But since this is a collaboration between five organizations who don't necessarily overlap much, you may not recognize many of the people listed. So I thought I would give you a bit of information about some of the performers you may not know, and also a bit of a performer's-eye view of the event itself.

  • Disclaimer #1: The picture at left has nothing to do with the subject of this blog post. I only put it in because it is seriously adorable, and thus will hopefully get your attention and make you want to read what I wrote.

I'm not writing about the Camerata today, despite this being the 40th anniversary season. Because, as we all know, 40 is the new 30. Or maybe it's the new 25 by now. I haven't really kept up. No, today I wish to enumerate some of the blessings of getting older. Things that one probably would not have viewed as blessings even a scant 10 years ago, I'm guessing. But that's another one of the blessings, I suppose—one becomes willing to set the bar lower, out of necessity.

paperLast year somehow or other got away from me. One of the things which definitely suffered, as you can clearly tell by casting your eye over the dates of the previous posts, was the blog. Here's how badly it got away from me—bass Roy Matway sent me this blog post two weeks ago, and I'm only just getting around to publishing it.

We've been throwing out hints about a reunion concert this season. Actually, I suppose that, given it appears on our season mailing, that's a bit more than a hint.

I recently ran across an item from "The Musical Herald" dated 1901. In it was the following quote: "The congregation found the places in their hymn books with a zeal and forethought that betokened better things. They did not, however, enter audibly into the service of song.

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