News 2016

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Here you’ll find traditional performance reviews and links to international media outlets that cite Ms. Mulcahy’s articles. Additionally, she is a popular interview subject for podcasts and trade journals. Each of the entries below provides the ability to click through to the full source.

Violinist Holly Mulcahy shines as soloist with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

There is something about the mystique and musical charisma of Mulcahy’s violin sound and style that captivates the ears of the listener almost immediately. A performer’s sound is like their musical fingerprint; it’s one of the primary elements that distinguishes one great player from the next. It is a direct reflection of the musician’s character, formed through life experience and honed and strengthened through years of practice.

Throughout the duration of this astounding and beautiful concerto, we heard Mulcahy demonstrate extraordinary technical command, tonal sheen, intensity and refined musical taste, a delightful blend of power and intimacy, but always with her own distinctive sound. The composer places significant demands on the soloist, and Mulcahy was more than equal to the very worthy challenges.

Doug Hedwig; Chattanooga Times Free Press

Pulcinella Suite review

Closely based on the music of early 18th century Italian composer, Giovanni Pergolesi, Pulcinella Suite (composed in 1920/22) nonetheless bears Stravinsky unmistakable stamp.  The orchestra performed this wonderful work with verve, commitment and confidence.  Concertmaster, Holly Mulcahy played the solo violin passages with a controlled excitement and precision that was a pleasure to hear.

Doug Hedwig; Chattanooga Times Free Press

Performance Today® with host Fred Child

On the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, Performance Today host Fred Child talks with Holly Mulcahy about the the Grand Teton Music Festival, classical music, and nature.

Hugh Sung Interviews Holly Mulcahy for the A Musical Life Podcast

What do you wear to a symphony concert? When do you clap? And why is the timpani player smelling his drums? If you’ve never been to a classical music concert, it can be a bit intimidating the very first time you go to one. There seems to be a whole world of etiquette and protocol that can make the experience seem – well, aloof and elitist, at least in some people’s eyes. Orchestras and arts administrators are keenly aware of how important it is to make classical music more accessible to grow future audiences, and in some cases are trying to think of ways to do away with some of the traditional conventions. But for Violinist Holly Mulcahy, the “Queen of Classical Music Culture”, these rituals and rules of etiquette are part of what makes the classical music concert so special, and a deeper understanding of them can serve to enhance one’s experience in a concert hall, making it much more memorable and enjoyable. Holly maintains a busy schedule as concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and as a soloist and chamber musician. She is also the author of Neo Classical, a blog that discusses the future of classical music, and helps to demystify the culture of classical music in a warm, witty, and welcoming way.
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The Puzzled Non-Musician

In her article, “Why is the Timpani Player Smelling His Drums?…And 7 Other Awesome Questions from the Audience,” Holly Mulcahy confronts musicians on their tendency to make light of certain questions regarding classical music decorum.

ArtsJournal: Audience Questions

“What is obvious to musicians and regular classical music connoisseurs is definitely not obvious to others,” writes Chattanooga Symphony concertmaster Holly Mulcahy.

Orchestras must think creatively if they are to survive - The Strad

The Chattanooga Symphony’s Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy embraces initiatives that have turned a sleepy town ensemble into a success, while across the Atlantic, Conrad van Alphen’s Sinfonia Rotterdam (pictured) reaches out to locals in the heart of their harbour city and has taken to the road to discover enthusiastic audiences in Colombia, Chile and other southern climes.

別怕曲子不熟 「安全」拍手有技巧

其實沒有這麼恐怖,美國田納西州Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra 首席Holly Mulcahy寫了這麼一篇專文,與聽眾們分享她所歸納的、拍手最基本的一般常情,足供參考

Lee To Present Masterworks Concert April 21

Violinist Holly Mulcahy, the concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony, will be guest concertmaster for “Serenade to Music.”

APLAUDIM, NO APLAUDIM, RIEM, CALLEM, QUÈ FEM?

El text ve signat per holly Mulcahy, violinista, concertino de l’orquestra de Chattanooga (EUA), i bloguera de cert èxit.  Representa els gustos més elitistes que envolten els auditoris.

LES APPLAUDISSEMENTS SONT-ILS UNE SOURCE D’ANXIÉTÉ ?

Cet article présente des observations sur les codes de conduite à l’attention du mélomane expert, du nouvel auditeur, et même du chef d’orchestre !

A tip from the concertmaster: Here’s when you clap

Our friend Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony, finds that many in her audience are uncomfortable as to when – and when not – to applaud. So she’s written a little etiquette guide.

Tips from a concertmaster on when to clap

On Monday (4/6) at her blog Inside the Arts, Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony, writes, “One of the most popular debates about orchestra concerts is when to clap….

Can a Performance Simulator Train Musicians for High-Stress Gigs? WQXR

On this week’s episode, we consider the potential of the Performance Simulator with two guests: Dr. Aaron Williamon, a professor of performance science at the Royal College of Music, who helped to develop the technology; and Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and author of the blog Neo-Classical, where she’s written about.

Holly Mulcahy: A Concertmaster For The 21st Century

For audience development and community engagement built on passion and sincerity, look no further than Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.

The Week in Reviews, Op. 74: Adele Anthony, Carolin Widmann, Holly Mulcahy in Concert

In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Review of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto

“Mulcahy seemed to meet the musical demands with ease and assurance. Her intonation was impeccable, and she dazzled with the mid-movement cadenza…With the final rousing chord, Mulcahy received cheers and cries of Bravo”

Mel R. Wilhoit; Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Concertmaster Perform Pulitzer-Winning Composition Tonight

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s Barnett & Company Masterworks Series concert tonight, March 12 will feature the CSO’s Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy performing Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto

Chattanooga Symphony Plays Higdon

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, will be presenting Jennifer Higdon’sViolin Concerto on Thursday, March 12.

Let Me Explain

I started thinking more about this after reading a post by Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony on her blog, NeoClassical, entitled “What If Program Notes Were Written By Kids?”

Get a kid to write your concert notes

Brilliant initiative from concertmaster Holly Mulcahy.

``The deepest sincerity leads to happiness``- Holly Mulcahy on Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto

Violinist Holly Mulcahy is a person who approaches every facet of her life with intention and sincerity. Now in her second season as concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony, Ms. Mulcahy is acting in truly interesting ways to engage both her musical colleagues and her musical community.

Elegant, Evocative, Edgy - The New Face of Classical Music: City Scope Magazine

If you think classical music is stuffy, boring, and dead, you’d be surprised to meet Chattanooga’s passionate new generation of classical musicians. These artists are breathing life and vitality into classical music performances across our city. Next time you see an advertisement for a symphony, opera, or choir, you might want to take a closer look.

The concertmaster will see you later in the bar. - Slippedisc.com

Great piece here on the difference a vibrant concertmaster can make to a clued-in city like Chattanooga.

Getting Children Ready for the Concert

San Diego Symphony Family Festival Series Presents: A Family Guide including a step by step guideline by Holly Mulcahy.

What Do I Wear to the Symphony?

Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, provides excellent advice to aid your closet search or shopping expedition.

What Do I Wear to the Symphony?

Music on the Hill and Symphonic Series-you are the best judge of whether or not your child will enjoy the performance. We recommend Holly Mulcahy’s excellent article on how to prepare your children for a concert.

Can you sell an orchestra on TV? Don Draper can.

Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra has been reflecting on last week’s TV advert for the St Louis Symphony, which did not necessarily reflect the product in the best light. Here’s Holly’s take.

Getting To Hear Holly Play

Last summer, after learning that my friend, Holly Mulcahy, had been selected to be the Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, I promised her that I’d do whatever I could to make it down there at least once to hear her play.

Musicians Use Beta Blockers - interlude.hk

But in an age when people broadcast details of their daily lives through social media, there are also signs that the taboo may be lifting. Holly Mulcahy, a violinist who won the job of concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in May, says there’s a greater openness than even a decade ago, and new methods of coping.

Practicing Happiness: Creating a Daily Habit - credo-music.org

In her article, “Happiness Quantified, Humanist Qualified,” Holly Mulcahy (concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra) offers her insight on a subject relatively ignored by most music schools. The subject? The “practicing, maintaining, and cultivation [of] happiness.”

Holly Mulcahy appointed concertmaster for Chattanooga Symphony

Holly Mulcahy (BM ’94, Music Education; PC ’94, MM ’96, Violin) has been appointed the concertmaster for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.

It’s not just about orchestral shoes. There’s socks to be considered, too. - slippedisc.com

Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster at Chattanooga, has been casting meaningful glances at how her male colleagues fill their boots. Read her admonitory words.

The concerts where a girl says, Yes! - slippedisc.com

While auditioning for the concertmaster’s post at Chattanooga, Holly Mulcahy sniffed something in the air-conditioning and recognised it as romance. What’s going on? she asked when they gave her the job.

Classical Musicians Turning to Drugs Like Beta Blockers to Treat Anxiety and Boost Performance - ClassicalLite.com

Performance anxiety is a subject that many musicians would understandably rather not discuss, but WQXR found several willing to talk about the taboo subject. These musicians, including Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, said that they have observed musicians sharing beta blockers.

Musicians Use Beta Blockers as Performance-Enabling Drugs - WQXR

…in an age when people broadcast details of their daily lives through social media, there are also signs that the taboo may be lifting. Holly Mulcahy, a violinist who won the job of concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in May, says there’s a greater openness than even a decade ago, and new methods of coping.

CSO Announces Holly Mulcahy As New Concertmaster - Chattanoogan.com

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera announced Friday the appointment of their new concertmaster. Holly Mulcahy, who performed on last season’s Dvorak No. 6 program in November, was chosen from seven candidates who each played one Masterworks concert in the 2012/13 season.

Holly Mulcahy as the new CSO concertmaster - Nooga.com

The organization announced this morning that violinist Holly Mulcahy will take on the role of concertmaster beginning in September of this year.

Holly Mulcahy appointed CSO concertmaster - Times Free Press

Holly Mulcahy has been appointed the new concertmaster by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, according to a news release…

Chattanooga Symphony Announces New Concertmaster - wtvc

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera announced today the appointment of their new concertmaster. Holly Mulcahy, who performed on last season’s Dvorak No. 6 program in November, was chosen from seven candidates who each played one Masterworks concert in the 2012/13 season…

REVIEW: Chamber players end season on a high note

The best of the evening, however, was in the second half. Holly Mulcahy (violin) and Lisa Ponton (viola) performed the fiendishly difficult “Passacaglia,” composed by Johan Halvorsen. […] Mulcahy is articulate and poised on stage.”

Wallace Chappell: HooplaNow.com

Boom Chocolate-uh Boom

Holly was the acting Concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony this weekend, so I’m excited about having heard her play. I also had the pleasure of meeting her in person after the concert. She’s very nice and I hope for an opportunity to hear her play again.

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