Janz Enters the Guitar Competition

Right now, my orchestra is presenting the 2008 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. It’s quite a production. Ten Semi-Finalists were chosen from around the world to come to Buffalo, and after a round of competition, the field was narrowed to three. The three finalists will perform their concertos tomorrow night with the BPO, after which a winner will be crowned. This is the third time I’ve participated in the event (we have it every two years), and I’ve really come to look forward to the drama of a live competition.

Janz and I have been joking about starting a International Guitar Hero Competition for quite some time. For some reason, Guitar Hero is never not funny to us. The joke took on a life of its own this afternoon, when Janz officially entered the field of competition.

Here is his story:

Warming up

Janz nervously warms up backstage

Janz and JoAnn

Janz discusses his tempos with JoAnn before the rehearsal

Janz GH

Janz fulfills his dream of being an International Guitar Hero with a Symphony Orchestra.

Special thanks to JoAnn Falletta who was a great sport about our goofy scheming this afternoon. She didn’t bat an eyelash when Janz and I knocked on her dressing room door holding a plastic guitar.

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3 Responses to “Janz Enters the Guitar Competition”


  1. 1 Julia June 13, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Proof that JoAnn Falletta and the rest of “youse” up in Buffalo rock. That’s just too cool :-)

  2. 2 Janz June 13, 2008 at 3:03 am

    I am so World Class!!

  3. 3 Kate E. June 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    That picture with Joann is so funny! I can’t believe she went along with your crazy scheme.


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