Next time you do an episode that is using classical musicians, please check with actual musicians to see how things really work, okay? We orchestra musicians don’t call our individual parts “scores” … just parts. Or music. And that one rehearsal we were subjected to … well … yeah, some conductors scream like that, but not all that often any more. The whole thing just made me laugh.

Oh. So never mind. Thanks for the entertainment! :-)

(Dissonance was the episode I was watching.)

I’m impressed! How to play the lap guitar. (When I tried the link directly it wouldn’t work for me. If you have trouble, go here and just enter “lap guitar” and you’ll get there.

I don’t think lap oboe would be possible. Maybe someone can figure out reedless oboe, though.

Or not.

(I do find it humorous that the site implies that something can be visually explained in 5 minutes. Let’s see … reed making? Oboe playing? I dunno ’bout that!)

24. March 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links

For a few hours every month, Jennifer Chun slips into the musical sanctuary of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where luxurious stage sets and arias offer escape.

“With all of the other things that have been going on in our lives, [my daughter] and I have found the opera to be an oasis,” Chun, 42, wrote in an e-mail message. The nights out are “a time when both of us can be together and drink in something we both love so much.”

Thanks to an educational outreach program offered by Los Angeles Opera, Chun’s 17-year-old daughter, Kathryn, scored orchestra seats eye-poppingly close to the stage — free.

The little-known L.A. Opera 90012 program sponsors an essay contest each year for high schoolers to explain why they want to see opera. The 50 or so teenagers selected are rewarded with tickets to four performances for them and a parent or guardian. They also get backstage tours and pre-show talks about the art form from instrumentalists, singers or others involved in the productions.

I love it. We could use an anonymous—or even not-so-anonymous‐donor here to offer the same thing! What a great idea!

(Read here)

24. March 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links

“I like hearing her voice and seeing her costumes,” Alison said. “And she’s a real nice girl.”

You gotta love this article. And you gotta love Joyce DiDonato (not only a fabulous opera singer, but a wonderful blogger as well) for meeting with the young’un … and sharing her shoes!

And you gotta gotta gotta love Alison:

“I stayed awake, but it was really hard. It was past our bedtime.”

Update

Ms. DiDonato now has blogged about the event, and includes a sweet picture. With her red shoes.

Poor Rolando Villazón:

He literally poured his heart out in this recital programme with songs by Schumann, Duparc and Liszt.

Found on a blog just now.

24. March 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Ramble

I just landed on a blog of what appears to be notes for a band. They are playing “Star Wars”. It’s just kind of fun to read what they are being told. And to be reminded that in some places a quarter note isn’t a quarter note! (I don’t “get” crochets and quavers and all that, call me stupid.) I wonder, too, if “dun” is a word, or if it’s slang. Anyone know?

Bar 16 : clarinets, flutes andd oboe
-dun hold the notes too long
-running notes (aren’t that slow)

And when I saw one line it made me laugh:

Bar 86: Horns, Oboe and Flutes
-accurate pitching

Yeah. Gotta pitch over the plate, right? ;-)

I know, I’m silly. That’s not new news.

24. March 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.

-Johannes Brahms