The oboe world seems to be in constant flux. One position opens up, and usually someone from another orchestra wins the job. Then someone from a different orchestra wins the open position the first player left. And so on. Like dominos.

It was brought to my attention that I needed to update my USA Symphony Orchestra Double Reed Roster page. (Thanks Matt!) So I’ve started to go over it and make changes where necessary. Of course it’s never perfect, due to the darn domino effect. But there you go. In any case, I’ve now got Liang Wang listed correctly as the new principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. This is why there is now a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra audition scheduled, and why you see the word “Vacant” on that orchestra’s roster at my site. (See? Dominos!)

Oh … if you click on Mr. Wang’s name you can get to his site and hear some mighty fine playing. Really. Melt your heart playing. Just what I like. (That and chocolate!)

I continue to work on the European Orchestra Double Reed Roster and I’m getting through quite a few countries. The page changes frequently as I try to figure out the cleanest way to list things. Check it out and learn how to read “oboe” in other languages! :-)

02. September 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements, imported

Can’t afford to attend San Francisco Opera? (It’s expensive, I know.) If you can get yourself to San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza or Stanford’s Frost Amphitheatre on October 6 at 8:00 PM you can see a live simulcast of Rigoletto. For free. Read about it here.

I’m guessing you could even do a picnic dinner sort of thing, although it doesn’t say anything at the site about that. (But it doesn’t say you can’t so I always go with “it must be okay, then.”)

Of course I’d suggest you first come to see the Opera San José production of Romeo et Juliette. I believe we have student rush tickets (one hour prior to the performance…?) that are quite the deal. Best to call and check, though.
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Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them.

-Charles Gounod