24. April 2010 · Comments Off on Saved by SpongeBob · Categories: News

“It was like a flash right in my eyes. I saw in my head Squidward with his clarinet lodged in his throat and then SpongeBob does the Heimlich maneuver and the clarinet comes flying out of his mouth,” she said.

“I had no clue what I was doing until it was done.”

Allyson said when she realized she couldn’t breathe “it was the scariest moment of my life. I was thinking ‘I’m going to die. What will my parents think?’ ”

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What I think is so funny is the “What will my parents think?” line. Ah yes ….

(I read it first at The Buzzing Reed.)

PS Never swallow a clarinet. Advice you can use. (The girl was actually choking on a piece of gum.)

24. April 2010 · Comments Off on Reviewer Alan Rich, 1924-2010 · Categories: Losses

Friends and admirers are passing around online the news that longtime Los Angeles music critic Alan Rich died yesterday. He would have been about 85 (born 1924, per the Wikipedia page about him, which has been updated with his passing.)

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I occasionally visited his blog, So I’ve Heard.

24. April 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

Will Classical music give me the boot?

Have you ever flipped through a classical music program? Seriously, it makes Sears Portrait studio look like a high budget shoot instead of $9.99. Some of the subjects actually look like they are in pain & other subjects have a black background with their heads detached from their bodies – i keep looking for the “In Loving Memory Of” below the floating head (i can send you a link if you don’t believe me).

Read here, where you see some fun photos, too.

Hey, if she could get a good picture of me that would really have me impressed. (I’m not at all photogenic. Trust me.)

24. April 2010 · Comments Off on Too Cute! · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Okay, this was a sweet way to start the day:

Good job, kids! Keep it up! :-)

24. April 2010 · Comments Off on Nixin’ Sellars? · Categories: Opera, Videos

“News, news, news, news, news …”?

Vancouver Opera’s 11-year general director, Jim Wright, may do handsprings when Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro opens at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight. But his fingers will remain crossed regarding the much newer Nixon In China. Wright said San Francisco Opera general director David Gockley is “seriously considering” staging VO’s recent production of the 1987 work. That imminent decision could entail our regional outfit’s first sale to a major opera company.

Read here. I believe that SF Opera doing Nixon in China in the summer of 2012 is a done deal (?), so I’m assuming this is just about a new staging of it, which would nix Peter Sellars’ version.

But what do I know?

But if that’s the case … will we not see this?:

24. April 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: News

… along with some clothing and shoes that don’t grab anyone’s attention:

A Cacophony of Musical Playthings in the Desert

There are complete skins of animals, dried, tied and knotted, their orifices fitted with hollow canes and reeds. Other hides are stretched taut over enormous gourds. Strings, spun from intestines, are pulled and pegged into the ends of long necks. Antlers, bones and horns are cut, carved and drilled. Elephant, goat, antelope, lizard, gazelle — the skins of all are used.

Music is noble, ethereal, seductive, thrilling, but spend time gazing at some of the 12,000 instruments that the new Musical Instrument Museum has collected in time for its Saturday opening — about 3,000 are on display in a new 190,000-square-foot building on 20 acres in northern Phoenix — and you are overwhelmed by something else. These instruments from around the world are haunted by the animal world and its natural setting.

I read about the music museum here.

It’s in Arizona.

24. April 2010 · Comments Off on Congratulations to Rebecca Davis · Categories: Merola, Opera

I was so happy to read that Rebecca Davis is a Merola Artist this coming summer. She is an Opera San José artist in residence, and I’ve certainly enjoyed hearing her sing. If I don’t play Merola this year I would love to get there to hear her without an oboe in my hands.

We’ve had a few OSJ singers go to Merola. Names that immediately come to mind are Mel Ulrich and Kirk Eichelberger. It’s really exciting to see these young singers take these steps up the opera ladder!