Eroica Trio and the Greenberg Concerto

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So last week I was playing with East Texas Symphony again, and we played Brahms Symphony No.1, some Copland overture that I didn’t care for too much, and a concerto for piano trio and orchestra by a young composer named Jay Greenberg. The concerto was nice, and Eroica Trio played with us for it. They played really well, of course, although this piece isn’t really the best metric for judging how good a piano trio is.

So during the first rehearsal with them, I was looking at the violinist and thinking, “Who is this girl? She looks so familiar but I’m not sure where from.” I’m not overly familiar with Eroica Trio, and I don’t yet own any recordings of them, so I knew I didn’t recognize her just from that. I obviously had met her somewhere. Well, later I found out that it was Susie Park who I had known when I was at Encore, a summer music festival one summer. I didn’t recognize her at first because she cut her hair short now, and I’m used to it being very long. So I figured she wouldn’t remember me, because she’s all famous and shit now. So after the second rehearsal I go up to her and I say, “Hey Susie.. you probably don’t remember me but…” and she just yells, “CODY!”

She also knew two others in the orchestra, Andrew and Ordabek. So after the concert we went to the reception and drank a lot of wine and hung out. Then after that we went to some local bar in Tyler to drink some more. Apparently some of the people in the bar had gone to the concert, because we walk in and they see Susie and treated us like fucking rockstars. It was pretty cool. :)

I wish I had my camera with me, but I didn’t expect to know one of the soloists.

GTK Printing on Win32

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Now that things have settled down a little at work, we’re finally in the process of moving to gtk# 2.10 now. One of the cooler things that we can finally use now is the Gtk printing system. Previously we were using Gnome.Print on Linux and System.Windows.Forms.PrintDialog on Windows, which sucked for various reasons that you can probably guess. Obviously what we really needed was something we could use easily from both Linux and Windows.

Gtk.Print to the rescue! Except that it didn’t work on Windows yet. But in Berlin Behdad pointed me to #488833, to add support for cairo_win32_printing_surface to GTK. So once I got home I finished up the patch and it’s now committed to gtk+ svn trunk. Since it requires a new (and unstable) version of Cairo I can’t commit this support to gtk-2-12 branch, so I think I’m going to have to maintain a branch for Medsphere’s use.

This doesn’t solve print preview, though, so that’s the next thing I want to work on.