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This time on the show we sit down with Yaniv Cohen, named earlier this year as Personnel Director for the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. 

In addition to that key position, he also teaches, performs and maintains a business as a luthier specializing in heritage American-made instruments.

International Man of Music

International Man of Music

This week in Maestro’s Café we welcome an international musician who has performed and lived on multiple continents.  Born in Ecuador and residing in Madrid, Spain, Francisco Villa grew up on the Space Coast, learning to play Cello in Florida and graduating from Eau Galle High School.    

Francisco is back in Brevard for the month of August for multiple events, including teaching a master class for local high school cello students, and a duet performance of Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73.  

Listen to this episode for Francisco’s take on music education, and cultural differences among concert attendees around the world.

Citizen Lee

 Eric Lee and his Tuba

Eric Lee and his Tuba

A great honor is bestowed as Eric Lee is named Resident of the Month by The Beachside Resident magazine. 

Our guest for the hour is writer Nataleigh Palmer who takes the helm and turns the tables on Eric to interview him for his upcoming feature in the July issue, available at more than 300 locations in Brevard county or at www.TheBeachsideResident.com.

It's All About That Bass

 Bob Gloppen playing the Big Band Bash

Bob Gloppen playing the Big Band Bash

There's no stoppin' Bob Gloppen and he illustrates this point through tales of overcoming lost luggage containing his instrument for that night’s gig, the intricacies of European driving regulations during the Cold War, and what to do when locked out of a radio station in downtown Chicago at 7:00 on a cold winter morning.   

Who is Bob Gloppen, you ask?  He’s a professional musician from Chicago, one of Eric Lee’s longest-standing friends, and if you were at last weekend’s Big Band Bash, you would have seen his guest performance on bass guitar.

Unfortunately Bill Trudeau was under the weather.  Still, Eric, Bob and Jeremy pressed-on and discussed last weekend’s concerts of the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra, played a few clips, and even managed to get in a tutorial on good bass amp technique before the research department unveiled it’s discovery of a relic from the 1980s.

Also, we announced the newest winner of the First Friday Fizz Quizz and discussed pending concerts, including the upcoming patriotic (and FREE, get your tickets before they are gone) America the Beautiful concerts.     

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Maestro's On Air 22 - Jennifer Royals

 Jennifer Royals, SCSO Principal Clarinetist

Jennifer Royals, SCSO Principal Clarinetist

This week in the Café we welcome Jennifer Royals, an original member and principal clarinetist of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. 

Over the hour the discussion ranges from retrospective of various clarinet solos and features, to Bill’s acknowledgment of the discovery of fire, and a look ahead at the upcoming season.

Be sure to check out Encore to see links to items referenced in the show.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Maestro’s On Air 18, Cathryn Leasure. 

 Cathryn Leasure on Trombone

Cathryn Leasure on Trombone

Another special guest musician joins us in the Café this week.  This time, it’s someone from SCSO’s own origin story.  Cathryn Leasure tells her side of the story surrounding the conversation spawning creation of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, and why she soon agreed with Eric that Aaron Collins, “was their guy”. 

Plus, Cathryn talks about taking music lessons while growing up, participating in UK Brass Bands and a number of other interesting stories.

Also, included are two music pieces from the SCSO’s last performance of Carmen.  Thanks again to Andy Allen for use of his excellent recordings.


 

Check out bonus content at www.MaestrosOnAir.com/Encore.

Dirt and Trees, Water in the Middle

We’re back in the Café this week, and Eric Lee fills us in on some of his many adventures while out of state.  Also featured is an interview with Eric’s friend Mike Grose.  Mike has been cataloging a series of interviews dedicated to highlighting the pedagogy and professional stature of longtime Chicago Symphony principal tubist, Arnold Jacobs. Mike get’s to add an interview of one more of Dr. Jacobs’ students, our own Eric Lee. 

Also featured is a discussion of SCSO’s new Symphony for Good campaign, plus a recording of Gabriel’s Oboe, performed at the recent concert in Viera.  Thanks again to Andy Allen for use of his excellent recording.

 Mike Grose and Eric Lee

Mike Grose and Eric Lee

 Oboist Kristin Naigus featured with SCSO

Oboist Kristin Naigus featured with SCSO