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RedtailIn Swarthmore College’s Lang Concert Hall today for the dress rehearsal of this weekend’s Orchestra 2001 / Piffaro concerts. Those familiar with that space know that besides the asymmetrical charm of the seating, the most apparent feature is the floor-to-ceiling glass behind the stage. If your mind wanders during a piece (mine never does, of course, but if yours does), a daytime concert provides a peaceful tree-filled expanse for your ruminations. For you, not me, of course.

My Red-tail and Hummingbird comes up next in the rehearsal. I walk onstage to conduct, and as I set my score on the stand and the sextet readies their parts, Jim Freeman, sitting a couple rows back, says softly, “Looks like your hawk has come back.” Sure enough, through the top of the windows, over the trees, a red-tail floated, flapped twice, circled, and glided away.

Even brass players thought that was cool.

Come to one of the concerts! Here’s the full rundown of what’s being performed, including a new brass quintet by Arne Running. Everyone’s having fun, it’ll be a marvelous time.

Friday, 2/22/2013 at 8:00pm, Trinity Center, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia (Pre-concert Discussion 7:30pm)

Saturday, 2/23/2013 at 8:00pm, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia (Pre-concert Discussion 7:30pm)

Sunday, 2/24/2013 at 3:00pm, Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College  (Pre-concert Discussion 2:30pm)

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