#SOchats with Naomi (Summerville Orchestra chats!)
Hello and welcome to our March #SOchats. I’m Naomi Chaitkin Nimmo, the Executive Director. We started this monthly chat room so we can answer your questions and talk about the orchestra and the response has been great! Please keep the comments and questions coming. Thanks.
Q: How many concerts will you be playing next season and where will you be playing them?
A:DECISION MADE. Drum roll please…
The 2018-2019 Subscription Series of 5 concerts on Friday and Saturday nights will be at Summerville Baptist Church. Some of you are happy about that; some of you are sad, but since Rollings Middle School of the Arts Performing Arts Center might not be ready in time for the opening of our season, we decided to delay consideration of playing there until the following season. We’re still working on the music for next season but are about half way there. We’ve come up with some old classics and some really fun new ones everyone’s going to love. The dates are set and we’ll announce them next month.
Q: When will season tickets (subscriptions) go on sale for next season?
A: We’re working on that too. Most likely the beginning of May. More details upcoming.
Joke of the Month
Yes, this is an old one, but there might be one or two of you who haven’t heard it.
The Boston Symphony recently performed Beethoven’s Ninth symphony that has a part near the end in which the string basses do nothing. So, the bassists snuck offstage, out the backdoor, and next door to the local pub for a drink. After quickly gulping down a few stiff drinks, one of them checked his watch and said, ‘Oh no, we only have 30 seconds to get back!’ Another bassist said, ‘Don’t worry, I tied the last page of the conductor’s score down with string to give us a bit more time. We’ll be fine.’ So, they staggered and stumbled back into the concert hall and took their places just as the conductor was busily working on the knot in the string so he could finish the symphony. Someone in the audience asked his companion, ‘What’s going on? Is there a problem?’ His companion said, ‘This is a critical point – it’s the bottom of the Ninth, the score’s tied, and the bassists are loaded!’
Interviews with the Musicians
DEAN GLACE, a man of many hats: 1) One of the founders of SO; 2) Principal trumpet; 3) Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors; 4) Orchestra Librarian; 5) A member of the SO Jazz Septet; 6) Chairman of the Music Committee; and that’s just in our orchestra!
Where are you from?
I grew up in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, with two brothers and two sisters in a musical family. My dad was a pianist and violinist. My older brother played clarinet and tuba, my twin played trumpet, baritone, French horn, and saxophone, my sister played the flute.
How did you decide on the trumpet?
My dad purchased a trumpet at a pawnshop. My dad, and my twin brother Gene (his name is Charles….but that doesn’t rhyme with Dean), and I all learned to play the trumpet together. Gene and I would go outside on the porch and play our trumpets. People could hear us all the way down the mountain. At school the next day they’d say, ‘y’all sounded good last night’.
You love performing! When did you start?
It all began with the school band in third grade. Concert and marching band started in high school and continued through college at North Carolina State University. While at NCSU I started playing in a brass band and a big band.
While in the Navy I played in the boot camp band and the A school band.
And the trend continues… I perform with the Summerville Orchestra, the SO Jazz Septet, the College of Charleston Orchestra, at weddings and other special occasions. I have been playing the trumpet for more than 60 years.
Tell us about your family.
My wife Mary and I have been married for 38 ½ years. We have 2 daughters, Jenny and Laura. Jenny was SO’s principal flutist until this season and is married to Yuriy Bekker, Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster and Pops Conductor. Laura, who lives in Charlotte with her husband, has taken piano lessons, and Mary plays the piano and flute. Yes, it’s all in the family. Then there’s my favorite family member (please don’t tell the others) Nathanael, my 1-year-old grandson. I have pictures that I would love to show you!
What type of work did you do in your professional career?
I have Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in electrical engineering. I worked with radio transmitters in Rochester, NY, avionics in Florida, and space and naval warfare in Virginia. We moved to Summerville in 1996 and I was the Engineering Manager Division Head for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston until I retired in 2006.
Your love of music is obvious. What other interests do you have?
Ham radios and astrophotography are two big interests of mine. I donated a telescope to Appalachian State University Astronomy Department and it was named after me….17 inch Dean Glace Observatory Telescope. Mary and I also love to travel. I have visited more than 67 countries.
It’s a great pleasure to have you with the Summerville Orchestra, Dean. You are a vital part of every component of it!