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After the Revolution is my cousin, Amy Herzog’s tour de force play. (An Aurora Theatre Berkeley production)

Amy Herzog is regaled as one of the most gifted young playwrights of her generation. Not only has she been a recipient of the well-regarded Lillian Hellman prize, but she’s amassed a slew of New York Times rave reviews. Charles … Continue reading

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How to win Friends and influence People on LinkedIn

After a major workout at the gym this afternoon, I sat down at my computer, flooded by waves of LinkedIn “endorsements.” A new gush of approbations encompassed bird-watching, percussion, band conducting, coin-collecting, baby-sitting and chess-playing. Was I in the midst … Continue reading

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East Coast/West Coast (East Bay) culture shock

Recently, I made a trip back East to New York City to attend my aunt’s Memorial Service, and the experience hit “home!” Being a child of the Bronx and Manhattan, my emigration to California over three decades ago, definitely came … Continue reading

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Ear Training and Transposing are intrinsic to piano lessons (examples from an Adult lesson in progress)

It’s not easy to plan a one hour piano lesson to include ear training, solfege and transposing. (They belong together, bundled with Theory, and enrich the learning environment) At the Oberlin Conservatory, Theory, Keyboard Harmony, and Eurhythmics were taught separately. … Continue reading

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Revisiting Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata, Op. 13 GRAVE

It’s nostalgia time for me, reconnecting with the Pathetique that I butchered as a teenager before I landed in the good hands of mentor, Lillian Freundlich. The teacher before, lived about 4 blocks away, but was miles off the mark … Continue reading

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Photo memories of my December 2012 trip to NYC

A native New Yorker, I rarely found myself at the Statue of Liberty, but yes, to Central Park, and gentle walks though Fall and Spring paths. My last visit to the home land, was this past December when I sauntered … Continue reading

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A sentimental journey taken with Mozart

Musical memories rekindled Continue reading

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Rekindling ties with a dear NYC friend, her 1893 Steinway B, and piano tinkering grandbaby

Friendship is forever. Coming back to New York City was living proof of it. Continue reading

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Rina’s Lesson-in-Progress: From the staircase to the piano (Reinagle Minuet in G) Videos

Rina, 5, has embarked upon her 7th month of study and is scaling my staircase before settling down to the piano. I’ve used this routine to imbue a sense of music’s topography before a keyboard transfer. It’s working. Videotaped samples: … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: A music packed weekend and even more to come

Today, in the company of two adult students, I’ll be heading over to Zellerbach in Berkeley, California to hear Murray Perahia’s piano recital. Last year at about this time, he was curbed by injury, but apparently he’s now in peak … Continue reading

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