I wrote about this concert just the other day.
Now I ran across this article that includes the following:
The honeyed hum of his cello wafts through the large front window of Emil Miland’s gemütlich cottage on a seaside street in Pacifica, as his canine companion Diller surveils an arriving reporter. After greeting his guest, the cellist identifies the piece he’s practicing as The Despot’s Rule, The Slave’s Revenge, composed for him by Shinji Eshima. Miland is heralding of the New Year with two concerts, both of them involving old acquaintances, as well as new music.
Eshima, who’s a bass player as well as a composer, grew up alongside Miland in the 1970’s in the East Bay, and performed with him in the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Eshima’s piece for cello, piano, and marimba will be one of three on a January 11th program at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, showcasing Miland and other musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra (including pianist Steven Bailey and marimbist and tympanist Mark Veregge), with whom the cellist has been working for 27 years. The concert represents one of the month’s two homecomings for Miland; he first appeared in the 30-year-old Music at Kohl Mansion series when he was fresh out of the New England Conservatory.
“It’ll be an interesting concert,” the cellist promises. “Aside from Shinji’s piece, there’ll be the Mozart Oboe Quartet, with Janet Archibald on oboe, Kay Stern playing violin, Dawn Harms playing violin, and me. The second half is this huge piece by Erich Korngold, his Suite for two violins, cello, and piano left hand.”
Gee, I still need to buy my ticket! How ’bout you?