I am down in Memphis, Tennessee right now preparing for a concert tomorrow night with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. I have been a member of this fantastic ensemble since its inception seven seasons ago, and I am having a great time preparing for the first concert of this 2006-2007 season.
This concert features violin soloists Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony in a program of Mozart, Sarasate, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius. The IRIS Chamber Orchestra was created by Michael Stern, and he serves as the conductor for this ensemble. He recently became music director of the Kansas City Symphony.
My friend Jeff Kail recently won a double bass position in the Kansas City Symphony. We have played many concerts together over the last few seasons in the IRIS Orchestra.