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Behind the Scenes: Page Turner to the Starz

Behind the Scenes: Page Turner to the Starz

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Published by Bill Benzon
An eye witness account of a recording session involving Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (violin), John Cerminaro (French horn), and Cecile Licad (piano). They recorded the Brahams Horn Trio. This took place in 1993 in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. I turned the pages for Ms. Licad.
An eye witness account of a recording session involving Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (violin), John Cerminaro (French horn), and Cecile Licad (piano). They recorded the Brahams Horn Trio. This took place in 1993 in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. I turned the pages for Ms. Licad.

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Published by: Bill Benzon on Jul 26, 2013
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Behind the Scenes:
 
Page Turner to the Starz
 
Overture 1
Day One 3
Incidental Music and a Death 7
Day Two 13
 
26 July 2013William L. Benzon
222 Van Horne, 3R Jersey City, NJ 07304bbenzon@mindspring.comNew Savanna:http://new-savanna.blogspot.com/ 
 This work interview is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
 
 
- 1 -
Behind the Scenes: Page Turner to
the Starz
 
Twenty years ago or so I spent two days as a page-turner on a classicalrecording session. Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, John Cerminaro, and CecilLicad were recording the Brahms Horn Trio (recording on Amazon*) and I washired to turn pages for Licad.Scholar that I am, I kept extensive notes on that session, figuring that one dayI’d base a polished bit of writing on them, perhaps fiction.Well, that’s not happened. So I’ve decided to publish the notes. I’ve cleanedthem up a bit, but not much. They’re still pretty messy. But that’s how recordingsessions are, messy.
Overture
 
Dramatis Personae
WLB, aka the Page Turner
: Frustrated Renaissance man. Theorist of mind &brain and cultural evolution etc. Jazz musician & performer.
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
: Violinist. Born in Rome on Jan 15, 1960 &raised by mother and grandparents. Came to USA when 8 to study at CurtisInstitute. Went to Julliard in early teens to study with Dorothy DeLay. Won the1981 Naumberg competition, the youngest to ever win it; they didn't give 2ndand 3rd that year. This was her recording session, though that wasn't obviousto me at the start.
John Cerminaro
: French Horn. Spent 10 years as 1st horn with the LosAngeles Philharmonic and 10 years as 1st horn with New York Philharmonic.Now working as a horn soloist based out of Chicago (Mt. Pleasant). Middle-age. Gorgeous tone. Brass player's chip on his shoulder.
Cecile Licad
: Piano. From Philippines. Small, but has a deep near-masculinevoice (baritone). Has known Nadja since they were teenagers at Curtis. Has a*http://tinyurl.com/mcllnzr  
 
 
- 2 -small rubber figure of the Beast from the Walt Disney movie,
Beauty and theBeast 
.
Karen Chester
: Producer. Was engineer for Nadja's recording of the Barber and Shostakovitch concertos.
Tom
: Recording Engineer.
Bob
: Piano technician. Lives in Vermont with wife and kids. Used his piano for the session, a Steinway D (7 ft.). How'd he get it into the hall, which has noelevator?Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: Built in late 19th C. atop the Troy SavingsBank. Acoustically, one of the finest in the world. There’d been severalrecording sessions here in the past few years. The hall seats c. 1200. Worn butnot seedy.
A Gig Comes Calling
Mon Jan 4: Peter Lesser, director of Troy Music Hall, calls WLB saying heneeds someone to turn pages at a recording session from 10-4 on Wed andThur. (The connection runs through Eddie Knowles, member of the Music Hallboard and playing compatriot of WLB in the New African Music Collective.)WLB initially declines, using a 10:30 Thur appointment with NYSunemployment as the excuse (though he doesn't tell Peter that his 10:30meeting is with unemployment). But, WLB thinks. The unemployment notice saidthat, if unable to make the appointed time, then come as soon after aspossible. So there's nothing imperative about that appointment – though thosefolks can be a pain. And what else does he have to do? Sit around and readanother bit of trash fiction? Spend more time squeezing dead cells & oil fromfacial pores? Watch some more "Days of Our Lives"? No telling what therecording session will be like, and there is the embarrassing possibility that he'llmiss a page turn or two, but it's definitely more interesting than staying home.It's two days with Other People, and it'd be interesting to see what the inside of a classical recording session is like and the musicians will probably be firstrate.So, WLB called back on Tue 5 Jan and told Peter that he's available. Peter saidthe pay would be $8-10/hour but WLB'd have to negotiate that with KarenChester, the producer. That's fine.

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