Check out this cartoon. (Many thanks to Stephen Ruppenthal for alerting me to it!)

Lintu acknowledges that most orchestras nowadays could play quite well together without the involvement of a conductor. “Conducting technique is not as detailed as piano technique or violin technique, where you really have to know where you put your finger, and what you do after that. Conducting is a more general thing. It’s more like creating atmosphere. But it’s more demanding, because you have to create this sound. You have 100 people contributing to that sound, and it is your duty to create it. Because most of the orchestras in the world can play together without any conductor. You are there to help them play better musically, and help them make a sound that is more coherent, that makes more sense from the composer’s point of view.”

Well heck … sometimes we can’t play together with a conductor! They can do that to us at times. Really. ;-)

Read the whole article.

30. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

My cat just stole my oboe reed…

I knew my father felt that music would give me a better standard of living than the vicissitudes of the theatre, but he didn’t say it openly.

-David McCallum

I read it here.

I first “knew” McCallum from the show the Man from UNCLE. He was the one we girls were in love with:

And the beginning of this video has my favorite line from NCIS:

30. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

I wish I could go, but I have Nutcracker. I do hope some of you can make it!

Hi Everyone,
Come celebrate Winter & the Holiday season with your friends, family & members of the Lowell Trio at Armando’s in Martinez, Sunday December 19, 4-6pm!
Veteran Lowell Trio members Janet Popesco Archibald, oboe & English Horn, and Margaret Wong Fondbertasse, piano, will be joined by special guest Leslie Chin, flute & alto flute, fresh from her 1 1/2 year run of playing ‘Wicked’ at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco!
Featured works will include trios of Bach & Handel, seasonal favorites by Vivaldi , Berlioz & Vince Guaraldi, ‘Classical Dancing with the Stars’ , and some lovely Classical rarities.
Hope to see you there!
best wishes,
Janet Archibald
Armando’s 707 Marina Vista Av, Martinez $10. cover

30. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

The film isn’t just about this comedy team. I’d love to see it sometime!

30. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

cry out lod… why violin is in my hand?? why not oboe or some easier instrument instead?? cry cry cry and cry but..cry.

30. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Advent

Walter Lambe(1450-1504): Magnificat
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

29. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

We are born with a gene for making music. … My job is to find out where that music is in this population and get it out.

-Paula Moore

Do read the article about this woman and the group of people she works with. I think you will be moved, as I was.

Remember that young incredibly talented oboist from last week? Well, she’s back!

I still have no more information about her. I know she’s eleven. I believe her name is Yeonsu. I know these videos are from the “Yeonsu Kumho Prodigy Concert”, whatever that is. But that’s it. I’d love to know more!