20. December 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Double Reed Christmas

20. December 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

Well … I guess I sort of do that here, yes?

There’s no other show on WDAV-FM quite like this. Sure, it’s all classical music – liberally defined. Beyond that, it defies definition. Except for this:
“This is the music that floats my boat,” the host tells his listeners. “I hope you’ll like it, too.”
In one night, the music can range from J.S. Bach to Andrew Lloyd Webber and from the orchestral blockbuster “The Planets” to Renaissance choral music. The host, getting to the heart of the matter, usually devotes a chunk of his show to slow, lyrical music – because, he tells Radioland, it demonstrates “the earth-stopping beauty of classical music.”

Trombonist Thomas Burge spends his Sunday nights hosting a three-hour radio show on WDAV in Davidson, N.C. “It’s the kind of music I listen to off the stage,” Burge says of his selections.

Tom Burge isn’t like WDAV’s other announcers. They make their livings this way; he has a day job, and night job, playing in the Charlotte Symphony. The other hosts are radio veterans; Burge never had a show until WDAV handed him this one last summer.

I think it would be kind of a kick to have a radio show. (Except I’m better at blogging than talking. Hmm.) And since so many musicians now need to start thinking about other ways of making income, this would be one that would be rather fun, I think.

You can read more about this guy here.

Meanwhile, some musicians in Columbus Symphony are also finding different ways to survive. (I always wonder how they can collect unemployment though … if they are teaching during those off weeks they can’t collect anything, right?)

20. December 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

How To Teach A Proper Music Lesson?

I’ve been requested to teach an oboe lesson, and I’ve never really had a student before. I’m wanting to give my new student a proper education into the music world. I haven’t been informed on how much music backround my student will have, but I will soon. From what it sounds like, they are a complete novice and have no musical knowledge into their system. Any tips on teaching better lessons and allowing the new musician to keep interest?

I read it here.

I don’t take students who don’t already read music. Period. I think oboe is difficult enough even after music reading skills have been learned. I just don’t want to tackle the reading as well. (That being said, I do get some who say they can read music and I find they are mostly playing by ear and faking it!)

So anyone want to go over there and help this novice teacher? I would think the person who have some idea of what to do, considering he or she should have had at least one teacher in his or her past, yes? But it never hurts to get advice from other, more seasoned instructors.

20. December 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

There could be a new symphony orchestra for Honolulu if a local professor has his way.

His new orchestra would be called the Hawaii Philharmonic.

Tim Stanton says having an orchestra is a necessity for the city.

Stanton wants to have non-union musicians, and a small management team, which he contends will increase the chance to make a profit.

He believes the symphony lost support because of bickering between musicians and symphony management, and that there’s fence mending to be done to make a new orchestra successful.

“I think we’ve got to try to re-establish trust, both with the musicians, whether they’re present or new musicians, and with our population. The people who supported us for all these years,” Stanton said.

I’m going to guess this isn’t going to work. Call me a pessimist, but I have my doubts.

I read it here.

I don’t know that I’ve ever played Tchaikovsky’s Cappriccio Italien on it’s own, but parts of it appear in the Ballet San Jose version of the Nut. I’ve been playing this particular combined version of the Nut for maybe 6 years or so. Prior to that we did use all three players, and I sat in the EH chair. Only THIS year did it hit me; I can hold down the A&#9837 and left E&#9837 keys for the sixteenth notes (see below) … and it’s so darn easy. Geesh. Why am I so slow sometimes? (Hmmm. I might not want an answer to that.)

I’m guessing reeders here already knew about doing this, but just in case you didn’t … now you do.

Driving this holiday? Well, looks like Pioneer has complied the “top road hits”. I can’t say I have one of these on my iPhone. I used to have a Willie Nelson record set (stolen from the pit in San Jose many years ago), but I don’t even know most of these … or at least I don’t know that I know them. (Sometimes I will hear something and realize I know the tune, just don’t know the title.)

1. “On the Road Again” – Willie Nelson

2. “Born to be Wild,” Steppenwolf
3. “Take it Easy,” The Eagles
4. “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys
5. “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC
6. “Free Falling,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
7. “Riders on the Storm,” The Doors
8. “I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night,” Kiss
9. “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” Bon Jovi
10. “Free Bird,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

Perhaps we should set up a list of classical works we’d choose for the road … thoughts?

20. December 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Advent

Thomas Tallis: Videte miraculum
Taverner Consort, Taverner Choir; Andrew Parrett