I wish I could put the program here, but I haven’t a clue how to do that, but go here and listen to a program about Angela Casagrande. I found it interesting and fun. It’s 14 minutes long, but surely you can spare a bit ‘o time, can’t you?

I’ve often wanted to say to an audience, “Do you KNOW how nervous I am right now?” or “This reed is such a pain. It really wants to honk in the lower register.” But of course we aren’t supposed to admit our fears and foibles.

Except maybe on blogs, eh?

So anyone live in or near Ottowa? Here’s some concert info:

Angela Casagrande, the story-telling oboist
The Double-Double (Reed) Concert
with bassoonist Kirstin Day and Jane Perry piano
Music by Edward Elgar, Francis Poulenc and others
Friday, February 4th 7:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Congregation on Cleary Ave (off Richmond Road near Woodroffe)
Tickets: $20, $15 for students and seniors or pay what you can


  1. I used to live in Ottawa, very close to the location of the concert, and though fate in the form of job transfers moved me away from there before Angela Casagrande finished school, I did have the opportunity a few years ago to buy some of her reeds when home visiting family, at the music shop where my older brother works. Very nice they were too.

  2. Cool to hear about this, Bonney! I’d love to live close enough to attend a concert. Ah well ….

  3. Sadly we now live an eight-hour drive away, so no oboe recital for me either. But I’ll be happily content attending tonight’s Orchestra London (Ontario)concert – they’ll be playing Dvorak’s New World and the Mozart Clarinet concerto in our beautiful newly renovated Chatham Capital Theatre.

  4. Ah, now there’s some good music for you! :-)

  5. It is good music – but unfortunately we didn’t hear either. When we saw the program only the first movement of the Dvorak was listed, and the Andante of the Mozart – so we settled in to hear at least some of it, along with other interesting selections. It wasn’t until after intermission that he announced that the program had been made up back in August and had not been reviewed since, so the soloist for the Mozart was not available – no mention was made of the Dvorak but it was not played either.
    Just a bit of a let-down to not hear either of the pieces we anticipated, but we did enjoy the Pirates of Penzance Overture (nice oboe work), Elgar’s Nimrod and Pomp and Circumstance #4 and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, along with other works.