There are those musicians who dislike their leader in any orchestra in the world. That’s just the way it is.

-Gerard Schwarz

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In the largest single gift to the San Francisco Opera, a Palo Alto couple has donated $40 million to the long-running, prestigious company.

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Wow. Too bad they don’t want to do oboe reed research, you know? Or just buy us a bunch of reeds.

Or … I guess more realistically … too bad they didn’t give this to Opera San José. That would have been nice!

13. September 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: BQOD

Ah, classical music: the stuff of long dead white guys who wrote because they were either insane or commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church. Most people pretend to have at least a passing knowledge of classical- wedding marches and trumpet voluntaries and every other popular piece over-used in car commercials- without understanding exactly why this is a genre of music that, unlike its composers, won’t die.