15. February 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

What does an oboe sound like?

I play the oboe and to me it sounds like a snake charmer’s insturment. but to others it sounds like a dying bird.

15. February 2010 · Comments Off on Drinking While I’m On The Job · Categories: Ramble

Beer with That?

Some patrons aren’t sure about the fact that you can bring food and drink into the theatre with you. But I believe that enjoying a glass of wine with that second act of “Turk in Italy” could be a fine thing. There are occasional worries about noisy wrappers and clinking ice cubes destroying the mood, but most people have a surprising amount of common sense about this. In decades of attending and producing opera at The Barns, there have been very very few problems – probably no more than there are with candy and cough drop wrappers in a hall with traditional restrictions.

I read it here. Kim Witman, of Wolf Trap Opera (read here blog here), is the writer. Anyone wanna give an opinion on this?

I really think it’s the location that makes the diff. It’s not so much the program or the group. It’s the “where” of it all. If I’m in a place that feels more formal, I want things to be more formal. And I just don’t care for beer in the hall. I was at San Francisco Opera a few years back and two women came in between the first and second acts (or was it before the start of the opera? I can’t remember now!) of Der Rosenkavalier, one carrying a beer and the other a glass of wine. They were clearly newbies, and I’m always happy to see new people attend something like that, so I just figured they were new and didn’t know people didn’t do that at SF Opera (or DO they?!). They were a bit confused by the story but I thought they might be enjoying it. Another audience member encouraged them when they asked about things, saying, “Oh the best is yet to come!”

They left before the final act.

In any case … I probably need to just go with the flow and say, “Sure, go ahead and drink.” What harm does it do, eh? I will stick to my “no drinking” policy myself though. Trust me, my oboe playing is better that way. :-)

15. February 2010 · Comments Off on Jeo(boe)pardy! · Categories: TV

The oboe player is back on tonight. I haven’t a clue if she continues to win (I’m sure you all know these are recorded earlier than they are shown), and doing a search online brought up nothing. Guess they’re good about keeping these things a secret. But I’ll be watching and cheering her on. :-)

Vancouver contestant back on ‘Jeopardy!’

Vancouver oboist Rebecca Dixon will be back on “Jeopardy!” tonight to defend her championship title.

Dixon, a 23-year-old Mountain View High School graduate, won on episodes airing Jan. 28 and 29. Her two-day winnings totaled $53,002. Now that the program’s college championship has ended, she’s back hoping for a third win.

15. February 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

omg i am sooo mad i cant do band because i left my oboe in my moms car so i get to skip first period i am very happpy but mad at the sametim

15. February 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

I believe that classical music snobs who think that Top 40 pop hits and the Grammy awards really mean anything re “popular culture” should be forced to listen to “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” repeatedly.

I read it here

15. February 2010 · Comments Off on 5 Year Old Conductor · Categories: Conductors, Videos

… doing Rite of Spring. I’ll let his work speak for itself. You don’t need to hear from me! Well, except to say this kid is cute and clearly hears the music!

15. February 2010 · Comments Off on Does the Pope Have Some Sort of Power to Win? · Categories: News

Pope Benedict XVI was nominated on Monday for a top classical music award and will fight for the prize against reality television stars.

The pontiff was shortlisted for the Classical Brit Awards album of the year for his singing on the album “Alma Mater — Music From the Vatican”.

There are 10 contenders vying for the prize, including two from reality television shows: Britain’s Got Talent star Faryl Smith and the X-Factor’s Rhydian Roberts.

Also up against the German-born pontiff are three Catholic clerics in a group called The Priests, with their second release “Harmony”.

The winner of the album of the year, who is voted for by the public, will be announced in London on May 13. Last year the prize was won by the bagpipe music of Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.