Author Archives: Ron Pavellas

About Ron Pavellas

Expatriate Californian living in Sweden with wife. Retired from employment in the USA. Currently focused on blog articles, memoirs, and creative writing.

A Sixty-year Reprise in Grand Style

I became more fully aware of conductor Herbert Blomstedt in the middle of his career when he was the principal conductor with the San Francisco Symphony, 1985-1995. (I was then working in the San Francisco area). Because of his German-sounding … Continue reading

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Americana at Stockholm’s ‘English Church’

I met John Paval at the English-speaking Rotary Club in Stockholm, shortly after its formation in May, 2003. I recently learned he was the artistic director of a week-long musical event in Stockholm at the “English Church”, as it is commonly … Continue reading

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An Inside View of Some Music in Stockholm

I have passed by the building at Smålandsgatan 7 many times, and have even eaten in the restaurant next to its entrance without anticipating that someday I would be privileged to get beyond its ornate doors. The building was built … Continue reading

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Górecki, Penderecki, Pärt, Rautavaara, Vasks: New Music from the Baltic Region

When I moved from San Jose, California to Sweden in mid-2002, I brought with me much recorded music, but only one of the above modern composers was included: Arvo Pärt. Without having looked into his background, I simply found his … Continue reading

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