Lapland, anyone?

Go here for the links.

There are a number of other openings as well. Check ’em out!

In addition, we are in for some musical chairs in the U.S. for a time, I do believe. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all pans out in the long run.

(If you have trouble with dissonance — I know someone in particular who has medical issues that won’t allow for that — you will want to stop after the first half of this video.)

J. S. Bach: Come Sweet Death, arr. Rhonda Sandberg
Sophia Youth Choir; Alexey Shamritsky

J. S. Bach: Singet dem Nerrn ein Neues Lied, BWV 225
Luthers Bach Ensemble; Ton Koopman, Conductor

with Eugene Izotov, Mingjia Liu, and Russ deLuna

And now I’m even MORE humbled, hearing Mr. Izotov play piano.

From Mr. Izotov’s page: Some terrific playing by our wonderful students Tim Daniels and Casey Kearney:

Rachmaninov: Tebe Poem
Sophia Youth Choir; Alexey Shamritsky, Conductor

The Philadelphia Orchestra has settled on a finalist for its coveted principal oboist job, and he has been invited to play tryouts in upcoming concerts.

Nathan Hughes, a principal oboist with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, has not been offered the job, much less signed a contract, but he has emerged as the only finalist after several days of auditions.

The hiring process isn’t concluded, said orchestra spokeswoman Ashley Berke. In fact, Hughes might not end up in Philadelphia, but in Chicago, where the oboist says he is also expecting to play tryout concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that have yet to be scheduled.

“It’s hard to say what will happen. I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” said Hughes Sunday, a day after his final audition in Philadelphia. “These are amazing orchestras, and the process isn’t over until everything is decided. Having us play in the orchestra is a great way to find out what musicians are like. It’s different from the audition, where you are hearing them alone mostly.”

I read it here.

Gretchaninoff: Holy Radiant Light
University of North Texas A Cappella Choir: Dr. Allen Hightower, Conductor

Just an excerpt of the work … but such a great work it is! (And Chris Thile is such a kick!)

Bravo to Eugene Izotov and Jon Nakamatsu. What a duo this is! ??

With Eugene Izotov, Ian Swensen, Jay Liu and Jennifer Culp.

Rondo: Allegro from Oboe Quartet in F Major

Always love the bit where the oboe is in 2/4 and the strings are in 6/8.

So very interesting! Imagine starting out by just having a reed to play most days of the week!

Also interesting to hear him say he put “no” on an audition paper because he didn’t like he way the woman left … as if she was angry. Guess there was no screen.

The discussion on focal dystonia is truly heart-breaking. I have always said, and will continue to say, “I am not my oboe.” I hope I mean it.

Go to about 40 minutes in and it is fascinating what his brain is telling him. Wow. And DOUBLE WOW to the dystonia being “task specific”: “I can play oboe d’amore, I can play English horn, I can play Baroque oboe” … amazing.

And yes, oboe is, for most, NOT an old age playing instrument. He said he can’t imagine playing after age 65. :-)

Alex Klein – Living the Classical Life: Episode 51 from Elyria Pictures on Vimeo.