Update from the field: February/March 2018

Hello internet,

I just wanted to take some time to write a blog post about recent events, as I've been pretty busy over the last two months and wanted to take a minute to write some stuff down.

February was a bit of a blur. I know that I did some things, but I'm not sure that I remember them all.

I played a pops concert with the Tucson Symphony which included some singers, dancers, and a lot of pop tunes. It was a lot of fun, and the opener was Mambo from West Side Story, which is always a hoot.

I then went up to Flagstaff for the week for Flagstaff Symphony's Masterworks V which included works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. I was also able to stay up there for a little bit of the weekend which is a rare luxury for me most of the time as usually I'm off to someplace else shortly after.

And actually, I was off to somewhere else shortly after. On the Saturday after the concert I had to be dropped off in Phoenix on the way home to fly back to Ohio. Originally, this was going to be just a visit home but it turned into a clinic tour which included five stops for me.

On the side you can see some of the pictures from the clinics, I am really thankful for all the schools that hosted me and also to my sponsors Artifact Percussion and DREAM Cymbals and Gongs for their support of my tour.

I did my last clinic on 2/25 and had to immediately get in the car to head to Columbus Airport and fly out back to Arizona. Two weeks previous I had been called to see if I could sub for the Arizona Opera's run of Barber of Seville. I had to be back on 2/26 for the two reading sessions, so I took red eye flights through Dallas to get back into to Tucson at about 12:45am. Took an Uber home and slept for a few hours before getting back up, packing the car, and driving off to the Opera Center.

Except for one detour, that's what I've been doing since my return to Arizona. I just finished the run of five shows; two in the Tucson Music Hall and three in the Phoenix Symphony Hall. In between those weekends of dates I made my way up to Flagstaff to play for the Flagstaff Symphony's Carnegie Hall Link-Up concerts which connects the symphony with kids throughout Coconino County.

With Barber of Seville wrapped up, I'm on to another cycle with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra as they perform Colas Breugnon Overture and Pictures at an Exhibition this week. After that, there's a few things here and there on my calendar in April and May, but who knows? Seems like things are fluid and fast moving around here these days.

Keep on keeping on, and I'll do my best to do the same,

-Matt

 

My view from the back in Tucson Music Hall for Let's Dance! with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Toledo Christian Schools Clinic - 2/25

Clinic for Williams County percussion students - 2/20

Clinic at University of Toledo - 2/22

My view from the corner of the pit in Phoenix Symphony Hall

Matthew Timman