Chris Van Hof's blog

Outside the Box

 Contemporary Classical Music at a Rochester Rock club.  An exciting experiment in thinking--and playing--outside the box.

What's wrong with clapping?

 A recent concert-going experience caused a mix of emotion for me: pleasure, frustration, and ultimately boredom.  It then forced me to ask the question: what's wrong with clapping between movements at a classical music concert?

The Blog Post that never was: a Tribute

You would be reading an incredibly insightful and heartwarming blog post about Thanksgiving right now.  That's what you would be doing that is, if the Internet gremlins didn't eat my blog post.  The following is a synopsis of the once-great, now-disappeared blog post about Thanksgiving.

Behind the Scenes, or, When Nobody's Looking

 Ah the joys and perils of combining solitary evenings, a dumb sense of humor, and working in sound-proof rooms.

Mathis, Zappa, and my night of enlightenment

Johnny Mathis meets Frank Zappa.  Hilarity ensues.

The Path of the Musician

I just finished an article for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's newletter about musical entrepreneurship.  I soon found myself being reminded of how we musicians "do it" to make a living.

Haunted Schubert for Halloween

 “Who's riding so late through th' endless wild?” The first line of the best way to scare yourself on Halloween: Franz Schubert’s setting of Goethe’s “The Erlking.”