Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights! First year lighting the menorah in the Windy City.


New Piano

Just cashed in two savings bonds to help defray the cost of my beautiful new Essex grand piano. Thank you, Papa (my grandfather, David Donner z”l) and Dr. Hubbard for making this investment in me 29 years ago. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase–here’s to a lifetime of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Gershwin, and Schubert in my very own space, at last.


Kapadokya, Turkey

From August 8-16, 2011, I attended the Klasik Keyifler Composers’ Cauldron in Kapadkoya, Turkey.  Composers Kamran InceMarc Mellits, and Michael Ellison, were in residence, along with many fabulous musicians from Turkey, Europe, and the United States.  My new string quartet, was workshopped and performed by Orhan Ahıskal and Beril Sun, violins; Meriç Esen, viola; and Heidi Hoffman, cello, for a full house in Şakir Paşa Medrese, an Ottoman School.  It was an amazing time and I was so grateful to be a part of it!