You can read about Philippe Tondre here.

You can here him here:

And he is one fine, fine player! Congratulations to him. (And hey, he plays a Marigaux!)

We just played for the Zoomtopia2019 conference opening. Sometimes our job is pretty fun. (I did have to wake up a lot earlier than usual, but hey, for this? Why not?!)

Dan Forrest: Entreat me not to leave you
Los Cantantes de Manila; Darwin B. Vargas, Conductor

William Byrd: Ave Verum Corpus
Central Washington University Chamber Choir; Gary Weidenaar, Director

From Delmar Williams: “Eric Varner Associate Professor of Bassoon at Lynn University and owner of Trevco-Varner Music, has died suddenly while on tour with his trio in Thailand. This is a terrible loss for the double reed community. If I get any further information I will post it.”

I have since heard that Dr. Varner died of a heart attack on October 4. I know there are many who are devastated by this news. He was only 45 years old

Mendelssohn: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
Los Cantantes de Manila; Darwin B. Vargas, Conductor

Stravinsky: Credo
Intrada; Ekaterina Antonenko, Conductor

I’m very sad to read of the death of Ms. Norman. She performed with us in San Jose many years ago. I wish I could remember what was on our program. I’m thinking it was Mahler, but I can’t remember what. I’m sure a colleague will enlighten me.

“Why should one bother to be mediocre?”

Johann Hermann Schein: Die mit Tränen säen
University of the Philippines Los Banos Ensemble; Roijin G. Suarez, Conductor

They who sow with tears will reap with joy.
The go out and weep and carry worthy seed,
And return with joy and bring their sheaves.

Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium
Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir; Dr. Patrick Gardner

O sacred banquet!
in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory to us is given.
Alleluia.