I get ANOTHER spam email with the same names as the one I reported earlier. The names were just moved around. Paula is now the parent searching for lessons and the other name (which I removed because I know he’s a real person at a real university) is the one who is her secretary. Here is just a portion of the email. The rest contains all the information (email, phone number, etc.) of the actual instructor. I’ll leave his name off of these things, as I’m sure he has nothing to do with any of this!

Hello Teacher,

I am writing to know If you can tutor my 15 yrs old daughter, Jane for 5-6 weeks starting from Feb 24th, 2011. I just don’t want her to be less busy so I just want her to get hooked up with one thing or the other. You know what I’m talking about. It can be on Language, Subjects, Dance or Music Instruments. Let me know how much you charge per hour and let me know the total for 5-6 weeks lesson. You can take her on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays for 2 hours lesson per week. You can just take her at your convenient schedule. Please tell me your past teaching experience and make up lesson. I hope to read back from you soon. Have a nice time.

God Bless you

Best Wishes
Paula Perkins

Considering the earlier email I think I should jump right on this and give these people all my personal information. Don’t you think?

Or not.

I’m especially happy that it ends with “Have a nice time,” because, indeed, I really am.

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.

– John F. Kennedy

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on They Are Getting Sneakier & Sneakier · Categories: Spam'nScam™

Wow … I just received another scam email about teaching oboe, but whoever did it must have hacked into someone else’s email. Still, I can see the signs that point out a scam. Here is the email, with the names and links removed:

Hello Teacher, Could you confirm that the email below sent to you by Paula Perkins, my P.A regarding the music lesson for my daughter was received? Please get back to me if you are available to offer private lesson for my daughter.

Thanks and God bless!
[name deleted]

Hello Teacher,

I am writing to know If you can tutor my 15 yrs old daughter, Sarah for 5-6 weeks starting from Feb 24th, 2011. I just don’t want her to be less busy so I just want her to get hooked up with one thing or the other. You know what I’m talking about. It can be on Language, Subjects, Yoga or Music Instruments. Let me know how much you charge per hour and let me know the total for 5-6 weeks lesson. You can take her on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays for 2 hours lesson per week. You can just take her at your convenient schedule. Please tell me your past teaching experience and make up lesson. I hope to read back from you soon. Have a nice time.

God Bless you

Best Wishes
[name deleted]

[name deleted]
Forensic Epidemiologist

Clinical Professor
Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
[deleted] Health and Science University School of Medicine
[link deleted]

Adjunct Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine and Epidemiology
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
[University deleted]

Mailing address: [deleted]
[phone numbers deleted]
[email address deleted]

The name of this person was legit. I looked up his university and, sure enough, there he is, in the exact position listed above. Even the email link to reply to him looked legit, but I’m guessing if I looked at the code or whatever you call it I would find that it wasn’t really going there.

Someone who hasn’t received these before might fall for this particular one. So beware! Look for clues. Note that the word oboe isn’t mentioned. Note that it didn’t address me by name. Note that it doesn’t tell me where his daughter attends school, nor does it ask anything about my location. Everything is very unspecific.

Please don’t fall for these and don’t respond, even to answer with some ridiculous fees you charge as a joke. Replying let’s them know they’ve hit on a email address and they might just keep you on their list. My mail program has the option of bouncing the message back so my email address appears to be a bad one, so that’s usually what I do with these things.

I hate even putting these emails up at my site, but so many readers are unfamiliar with the scam that I continue to do so on occasion, in hopes that I protect some innocent recipients of the darn things.

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on Opera Critic Review & More · Categories: Opera, Reviews

Note: this was actually posted earlier but moved up here since I’ve added the latest review at the bottom.

From Michael Vaughn. “Bryan Nies and the orchestra gave a lackluster reading of the overture, though they certainly made up for it later.”

So there is that one plus these (each with a quote about the orchestra, since I’m self-centered that way):

Examiner by Beeri Moalem (link): “While the onstage orchestra mimicked their counterparts below stage with darling attempts at fingering and all, it was the instrumentalists in the pit that sparked the fire of opening-night excitement. The overture conjured a parade of characters marching in order: the proud, the pompous, the dire, the mischievous, the silly… ”

Opera Novice by Cynthia Corral in San Jose Metblogs (link): “The excitement began for my guest and me as soon as the familiar overture music started. All of the music from this opera is peppy, upbeat and, most important to a beginner, familiar. We couldn’t help bouncing around in our chairs to the music during the introduction, half expecting Bugs himself to appear when the curtain went up. We were dancing around through the entire opera, except for the moments when we were laughing too hard.”

Mercury News by Richard Scheinin (link): “The orchestra, conducted by Bryan Nies, was sometimes too loud, covering the singers, but mostly light-footed and steady, pulsing out the drama for 2½ hours.”

San Francisco Classical Voice by Georgia Rowe really hated opening night (link): “The evening started well, with a taut, springy performance of the overture, and the conductor elicited shapely orchestral playing in several subsequent scenes (the Act 2 storm sounded aptly turbulent). Mostly, though, he struggled to maintain coordination between stage and pit. Whenever the singers faltered in Rossini’s ornate vocal passagework, the conductor either hesitated or sped up to keep the action moving; either way, he never achieved a cohesive flow.”

Out & About Magazine by Paul Myrvold (link): “From the first note of one of the most rousing overtures I have heard (vigorously conducted under the confident baton of Bryan Nies) to the last slap of pounding palms from a standing, cheering audience, Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Opera San Jose is a complete triumph.”

All of these are from the same night.

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on Review from Out & About Magazine · Categories: Opera, Reviews

From the first note of one of the most rousing overtures I have heard (vigorously conducted under the confident baton of Bryan Nies) to the last slap of pounding palms from a standing, cheering audience, Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Opera San Jose is a complete triumph. In an expert, no-holds-barred, madcap staging by José Maria Condemi, this production reveals the rich comedy to be found in the score, in the libretto, in the choreography down to the last gesture, even in the props – rifles, swords, rain pots, pistols, apples, books, coins, the list is endless – if directed by an imaginative mind.

RTWT (you have to scroll down to the Opera San Jose review.

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on WorldReeds™: Duduk · Categories: WorldReeds™ · Tags: ,

Gevorg Dabaghyan playing the Armenian double reed duduk

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on Punishment By Bassoon! · Categories: Bassoon, Havin' Fun

I’d post this photo on the blog, but I’m not sure it’s legal. So you’ll just have to click on that link! I LOVE this!

Brought to my attention by Brian Sacawa via Twitter (he’s @briansacawa there). Yes. There ARE a lot of good things about Twitter! 🙂

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Oboe is tough. Props to all you oboe players out there. I still wouldn’t trade with you though

16. February 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

its crazy how there aren’t many oboe players & schools are offering dumb money just if u know how to play the oboe just a lil bit.

My goodness, but one reviewer (Georgia Rowe) hated the opera. Nearly nothing good to say. Tons of bad.