Friday, August 24: Firebird Suite at Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival
REDLANDS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. “Centennial Celebration”: John Sawoski plays piano on Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. A celebration of the University of Redlands’ Centennial, with Frank Paul Fetta, conductor. Free admission for up to 6000, first come, first served. For more information, click http://www.redlandsbowl.com/ .
Capistrano Valley Symphony Orchestra Carlo Spiga, Conductor
John Sawoski, Carl Rigoli, and Richard Maloof will play John Sawoski's trio arrangements for Eastman Kodak's Salute to Cinematography, a private event and ceremony honoring the 2007 Emmy nominees in cinematography.
John Sawoski is scheduled to perform in a private symphonic pops concert September 14 and 15th in Santa Monica. He is also tentatively scheduled to conduct a pops orchestra concert September 19th. He is also booked for many sessions throughout September. More news to follow.
John Sawoski will play keyboards at Disneyland's 52nd Annual Candlelight Concert December 1 and 2, 2007, along with the orchestra, 650-voice choir, fanfare trumpeters, handbell choirs, and various soloists.
Forget the Movie, I'd Pay 10 Bucks to See the Trailer
I've just watched what hands-down has to be the cleverest, most ingenious trailer (yes trailer) of the young century, so good that I don't even care if I see the movie because it can't be any better than the preview. And of course, Judd Apatow -- the reigning 'It' Dude of comedy cinema -- co-wrote (along with director Jake Kasdan) and produced it. It's the one for "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," a spoof of musical biopics like "Walk the Line," "Ray" and "Beyond the Sea" that has the appearance of perfect parody. The trailer itself for the forthcoming December release is simply spot-on in satirizing the whole smalltown yearning, coming-of-age, mega-poignant, overheated, soft focus 1950s/'60s zeitgeist that so defines the style.
John C. Reilly looks to be the very embodiment of music nerd, and "The Office's" Jenna Fischer has that whole feisty schtick down pat as The Girl. And who should be playing Elvis himself but Jack White of the White Stripes in a piece of inspired casting. It isn't just that the flick looks funny here; my mouth was agape at the effortless way this comedy appears to send up the genre. While it's hard to know if this thing has the commercial potential of Apatow's pair of previous hits, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," it surely has the early whiff of artistic brilliance.
How exactly can I tell all of this from a lousy trailer? Simple: I can't. But I promise this will be the most enjoyable four minutes of screwing around on the Internet at work that you'll have all day or my name isn't Dewey Cox. (Oh wait. It isn't. Oh well, you know, whatever.) Send the link to all of your friends so they'll think you're cool. But please send them here to my blog to grab it, not You Tube. I need the traffic far more than they do. Trust me on this.
John Sawoski recorded and edited an album of classical flute and piano pieces with flutist Peter Sheridan, including Sonatine by Claude Arrieu, Sonatina by Matthias, the Faure Fantasis, and a special Sawoski arrangement of one Chopin variation. The album is called Flute Colors, and should be released soon.