A Christmas 2020 tip of the hat to “Pogo” creator Walt Kelly, and a tribute to Jay’s father, Keith Furr, who … well, he really couldn’t sing.
In re Hey, I Was In A Movie!, there was a nice story on Me2/Orchestra and the “Orchestrating Change” documentary on WGBH last night.
So: I’m a featured subject in a just-released documentary film. For reals. The documentary is titled “Orchestrating Change” and is all about Me2/Orchestra, the orchestra I’ve been playing French horn in since 2011. Me2/Orchestra was founded to raise awareness and fight stigma about the realities of mental illness. The members of the orchestra run the gamut of conditions… Read More »
The Green Mountain Horn Club has been a thing here in Vermont for several decades, changing in membership over the years but always managing to come together every few months to put on fun French Horn-only performances for our legions of admiring fans. We did a performance recently in North Hero, Vermont at a little roadside venue called… Read More »
I took part in the 2019 “Gather at the River” choral conference hosted by the Vermont chapter of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) this past weekend at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury (quack) Vermont. I was part of the Hawaiian music “chamber choir” in addition to singing in the massed choir. I really liked the Hawaiian… Read More »
Hi, everyone! I’m a member of the Aurora Chamber Singers and our spring concert is coming up on May 11! If you live within two days’ drive of Burlington, Vermont I hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to attend. This will probably be the single greatest, most exciting concert any of us will ever take part in, either… Read More »
Hey, all. I’m going to be singing in concert with the Green Mountain Mahler Festival this Saturday at St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. The Green Mountain Mahler Festival doesn’t just do Mahler works — they do various readings of orchestral and choral works by all manner of composers. Sometimes we just come together and go through a… Read More »
The Green Mountain Horn Club — an all French horn ensemble founded in 1984 by Alan Parshley — holds concerts now and then when we can get people together. Recently we played in Lincoln, Vermont as part of their “Hill Country Holiday” celebration. The concert was held at the United Church of Lincoln and we had a pretty… Read More »
The Burlington Choral Society (Carole Furr, member, usually) held an open-to-all Messiah Sing last night at the North Avenue Alliance Church. I’m sure ours was much like any other: we did about a third of the full work in about 90 minutes’ time. The soloists and accompanying pianist were first-rate. Jay, who sings so badly that he can… Read More »
Many of you know that a documentary on Me2/Orchestra and mental illness has been in the works for a couple of years. The film will be called “Orchestrating Change” and I was one of several members of the orchestra who were interviewed for it. The filmmakers are getting very close to having it finished, but need funds to… Read More »