17. August 2010 · 3 comments · Categories: Ramble

I’m just home from night #1 of operamission’s event, ‘Così fan tutte: Some Assembly Required’. I really had a great time … no pressure, nice people to play with, and great singers, too! Dan was there taking lots of pictures, so I’m sure we’ll eventually get some up here.

What fun it was, too, to meet some people I’ve been reading for a while, either via Twitter or blogs (or both!).

I realized, after we went through the numbers we would play tonight, that we oboes barely played at all. Geesh. I’m guessing the audience now thinks we are just the laziest people of all!

Another great thing about tonight was that my brother, Timothy Emerson, played first bassoon for the evening. I doubt we’ve played together for … gee … maybe nearly 30 years! So this was great fun, and we do it again tomorrow. HE has a lot more to play. That’s as it should be, don’t you think? I mean … I think my brothers should always have to work harder than I do. Somehow that feels right!

The rest of the day was spent at the Met. Here are a few pictures to share with you. I’ll let them speak for themselves for now:

Here is the “event”, red room and all:

The song playing on the witch rave scene in Shrek Forever After is a dance mix of Bach’s Fugue in G minor.

I know this will make that particular Bach work much more meaningful to you all. (But which Fugue in G minor IS it? Hmmm.)

J.S. Bach – Fugue in G minor BWV 578 (little):

J.S.Bach – Fugue in G minor BWV 542/2 (great):

… as is tomorrow …!

Am I excited? Yep! Am I nervous? Not yet. I’m hoping I won’t be, but we’ll see! I’m hoping to meet up with at least one person beforehand for coffee, if I can get my act together; we were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for most of the day and I’m rather exhausted! It’s “feet up!” time for now.

The Così event seems to be getting some good attention. Here is a list of links I’ve found:

operamission’s ‘Così fan tutte: Some Assembly Required’ is getting all sorts of fun attention. How cool is that? Here are links

New York Post

The New Yorker

Indian U’s Events Calendar

Broadway World

New York Times

Cabaret Hotline

Broadway to Vegas (scroll down)

17. August 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

[name here] is asking for prayers from her friends. Today is the day….”O” day……..I put it off as long as possible but can no longer avoid it! Its gonna be a sad miserable evening here-Vics bringing her OBOE home for the first time. (I can almost hear the sounds dying ducks already…LOL) Pray for me please. I will truly need it.

17. August 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I first started on the piano, then moved to the clarinet, then moved to the oboe and then took up the trombone while I was playing the oboe. Now I play a wind synthesizer called the Akai EWI 4000s.

And what do I say to this? NO MORE REEDS! (But no, I’m not switching instruments.)

17. August 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

No no no, its okay. I got it. I can bring in my can, oboe case, flute case, music folder, bowl, & hotpad by myself, mom. I don’t need help…

17. August 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Books, Links

Many many thanks to Jillian … so visit her site. She gets all the credit!

“Patient as ever, Jamie listened carefully to the “A” of the fork, and sang again, producing a sound wedged somewhere in the crack between E-flat and D-sharp.”

–Diana Gabaldon, from “Dragonfly in Amber”

Oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear ….

17. August 2010 · Comments Off on Monday, Monday · Categories: New York 2010, Photos

Monday was a much more lazy day than we’ve had so far. At least for me. I actually woke up before Dan, and I took a photo of the Monday morning crowd:

Dan woke up with a cold (rats!), but he still headed over to B&H Photo for his own special private tour of the place. From the sound of it it was one big tour, too. He took quite a while to get back, so I had some time to be lazy and then headed out for a short walk. I’ve been posting “where’s Patty?” kinds of things at Facebook and Twitter, and the first looked like this:

Where’s Patty?

I helped folks out with this hint, though (remember if you can’t see a photo well, you can click on it and it will take you to a full view):

My back was killing me, so rather than actually shop at Macy’s (heck, we have those at home, right?) I headed back to the hotel to put my feet up:

When Dan returned we went down to a little place to pick up a light lunch (we really NEED light after all we’ve been eating!). After relaxing a bit, we headed out, passing this pretty church, Saint Francis of Assisi. It sits there so sweetly, surrounded by huge buildings:

We took a rather lengthy trip (long story about a wrong train) to Greenwich Village, and we hit Washington Square, of course:

Walking around a lot, we saw the house that, from what I read, was where John Wilkes Booth planned the assassination of Lincoln.

Walking some more we spotted a cool church with this plaque at the top (you have to click on this photo to read it):

We met up with Brandon for some excellent Cuban food at Havana Alma de Cuba … yum!

All in all, a less busy day. I guess we need those every so often, right?

Tuesday (today for some readers, tomorrow for others!) I’m thinking we might get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and tomorrow night is the first Così event which not only means I get to enjoy Mozart, but I finally get to see my brother Timothy, and meet some of the Twitterfolk and Facebook Friends I’ve never actually met in person!