Greetings friends! I'm excited to be writing my first blog on my new site. Right now my site is offering the bare essentials for me to communicate to you (via my blog, and twitter @nicolaskendall), and for you to communicate with me (via the contact page here on the site). I'm in the beginning stages of rolling out my own projects, so as I build content I'll be making this site more robust. Until then, consider this a place to find out what I'm up to, my personal thoughts and antidotes, and of course, a whole lot of fun stuff I'm doing with the groups I play in: Time for Three (Tf3), East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and the Dryden Quartet.
I'm timing the launch of my new site with an event that is both meaningful and personal to me: I've been spending this week in my hometown, Washington D.C., where I spent most of my formative years. I actually lived with my family in Silver Spring, MD - a D.C. suburb. This Sunday, May 19th, I will be part of a show produced by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. The concert is the premier of a fully staged show based on the children's book "The Cricket in Times Square" by George Sheldon. I will play (as a violinist) Chester, the Cricket! The score to the show is written by my dear friend, Chris Brubeck (who wrote me an awesome violin concerto a few years back). Read my recent blog entry for the NSO at the bottom of this blog.
More on why this show is special to me: Some of the best memories I have as a kid are of coming to the Kennedy Center for various concerts and shows. Being back in D.C. working with the National Symphony is such a homecoming for me - I grew up listening to this orchestra, and my fist time playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto was with the NSO (I also took part in a show playing the part of a rogue fiddle-weilding janitor for New Years Eve. That was crazy!) The thing that excites me most about this coming weekend is that I have an opportunity to inspire children (and the next generation of creative minds) in the same way that inspired me to become a musician.
Even before I attended concerts at the Kennedy Center, my introduction to music was from playing games, being inventive, and using my imagination to tell stories with my music. My budding creativity was nurtured through the Suzuki Method, which is the foundation for everything I am now as an artist. In the same way that I started learning to be creative, I am now able to give back through the language of music and storytelling by being part of "The Cricket in Times Square". Together with the NSO, we can give the gift of musical inspiration to all of the young ears who come to experience our world this weekend! - NK (5/17/13)