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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Music Management Welcomes the Cello Chix!

Cello Chix

Looking for something fun and different? The Cello Chix are an electric cello band that has been tearing and sawing through classic rock in the Boston area since 2002. Becca and Susanna, classically-trained cellists, both went to the Oberlin Conservatory, but only really got to know each other a decade later at a friend's party in Watertown. A fan of hiking and funky acoustics, the friend suggested that the two bring their cellos on a hike and then play some tunes in a ravine. The prospect of turning antiques into kindling didn't thrill the cellists, so instead they decided to start playing duos at friends' parties, getting paid in chocolate and compliments. It was the usual string stuff: Bach, Handel, Haydn. But they also tried out a couple of Susanna's Beatles and The Doors arrangements. Those were a hit. Emboldened, the Cello Chix started showing up at Open Mic Night at the Burren, replaced their traditional cellos with electric ones, ditched the Baroque, and soon got gigs playing rock music at bars around the Boston area. The Cello Chix now have a repertoire of over 50 classic rock, jazz, pop and Latin tunes, a loyal and sizeable following, and a CD titled 'Under the Covers'.

Learn more about the Cello Chix here.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This week's band showcases

Thursday May 20th
Elephant & Castle, Boston
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday May 21st
Fococcia Restaurant, Wilmington
9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Hip Pocket Orchestra
Saturday May 22nd,
Wheaton College, Norton
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

If you are interested in attending any of the above, please call our office (617-489-7600) and we will be happy to make arrangements.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

What does a freelance musician do anyway?

Many of our staff members at Music Management are professional freelance musicians in addition to working as sales associates in our office, but what does this mean? I thought I would give our blog-readers a glimpse into the life of a freelancer as I am in the midst of a very eclectic but typical series of engagements.

As in other freelance fields, a freelance musician does not have a steady performance contract with one ensemble. Members of the Boston Symphony, for example, are not freelancers since they are paid an annual salary. Freelance musicians are paid per service.

For me these past few weeks, this has meant playing with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in April for their spring pops concert featuring music of the ‘70’s. That’s right, two and a half hours of disco and funk music with a full orchestra and the local band “Motor Booty Affair.” Basic black tuxedos were put aside and all the musicians donned their best platform shoes and polyester cocktail frocks.

The following engagement had me commuting back and forth to Falmouth, MA to perform as a soloist for Vivaldi’s “Il Cardillino” Concerto. Concertos are usually performed without looking at the sheet music, so I used the commute to do all of my mental preparation and memorization!

On May 8, I played with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra to close their concert season with a performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Finally, the next weekend I had the pleasure of playing Bach’s magnificent “b minor Mass” with the Back Bay Choral Society in Sanders Theater, Cambridge.

Now, keep in mind that these are just the performances, so the weeks leading up to each performance typically included three or four evening rehearsals. After a full day in the office, a 7-10 rehearsal can be a challenge, especially when you consider the 6:00 AM wake-up call from my daughter and the necessity of fitting in a few hours of practice each day to actually prepare all the music.

So why do we all do this crazy freelance thing? Well, everyone has a different reason. For me, it is because of the chance to play many styles of music with many different types of ensembles. I play because I love performing and will do whatever it takes to have as many opportunities as possible to make music. 

Vanessa Holroyd is a flutist and has been a member of the Music Management team since 1998. In addition to being an active freelance musician, she also founded and directs the classical ensemble, Anima, that performs for over sixty private and corporate events per year.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Mother's Day Brunches

Music Management provides music at several of Boston's finest hotels that honor mothers with a special brunch.

Boston Harbor Hotel
Sea Grill
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For reservations, click here.

Four Seasons Hotel
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bristol Lounge
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For reservations, click here.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For reservations, click here.

Ritz-Carlton Boston Common
11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For reservations, click here.

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