27. February 2011 · Comments Off on Sunday @ Noon · Categories: Sunday @ Noon Music

My Jesus I Love Thee
Guitarist’s first name is Dale, but I can’t find his last (maybe he’ll see this and fill me in!)

27. February 2011 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

James MacMillan: Mitte Manum Tuam
Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell, Conductor

Mitte manum tuam, et cognosce loca clavorum, alleluia: et noli esse incredulus, sed fidelis, alleluia, alleluia.

Stretch forth your hand, and feel the place where the nails were, alleluia; and be not doubtful but believing, alleluia, alleluia.

26. February 2011 · Comments Off on Anthony Hopkins, Composer · Categories: Composers

Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins will appear at two concerts in the U.K. in July to present his own music for the first time plus scores from several of his films performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The Welsh-born actor will present scores he has written including those for August (1996) and Slipstream (2007), which he also directed and starred in, and a new piece that he has written especially for the Birmingham orchestra.
Hopkins said, “There are themes and passages in these pieces that have been several decades in the making, and to bring them all vividly to life with one of the great symphony orchestras of the world is absolutely thrilling.”

Found here.

Fourteen, in fact. Wow!

Canticle of Earth by Dan Kellogg

World Premiere, 22 February 2011. University of Colorado, College of Music Bassoon Studio, Yoshi Ishikawa Director. Conducted by Allan McMurray. Players from L-R: Kent Hurd, Yahaira Nieves, Michael Christoph, Amanda Hoffer, Shih-han Chiu, Kaori Uno, Patty Fagan, Michelle Jones, Matt Cullen, Kristen Gogan, Brian Jack, Cody Dean, YoonJoo Hwang, Ben Cefkin

26. February 2011 · Comments Off on Thank You, John Legend · Categories: Other People's Words

Singer John Legend was in Washington to sing at the White House on Thursday but he had a few choice words for the politicians in town, too.

Legend told reporters before an evening concert celebrating Motown’s music that too often the arts are the first thing to go when budgets need to be cut.

“People fought to give me – a millionaire – a tax cut this year,” he said. “I didn’t need it. And all the other millionaires didn’t need it either.”

The singer said he’d benefited from cultural organizations such as community choirs and arts councils in earlier years, which often suffer when budgets get trimmed.

“I hope our politicians will not think that they are expendable and they can just get rid of them and nobody will feel the pain,” he said. “Because I think society will feel the pain.”

He added: “I’m really frustrated with some of the discourse that’s coming out of Washington.”

I read it here.

26. February 2011 · Comments Off on Read (Reeds?!) Online · Categories: Read Online

Bassoonists, Oboe players and French Horn players gathered in All Faiths Chapel on Tuesday night as part of a double reed ensemble.

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

[name here] would like to wish her Laubin Oboe a Happy 19th Birthday! <3

26. February 2011 · Comments Off on Saturday Morning Cartoon · Categories: Saturday Morning Cartoon

Who Put the Benzadrine in Mrs Murphys Ovaltine? – Harry “The Hipster” Gibson (1944)

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

Raawwrr why can’t all oboe reeds work equally as well? Oh right because that’d make life simple.

25. February 2011 · Comments Off on Congratulations, Karl! · Categories: Concerts, UCSC

I’m home from the UCSC Orchestra concert. Karl Spiker, a student of mine, performed the Mozart Oboe Concerto. He was fantastic! I’m so proud of him and how well he played. Bravo, Karl! (If anyone reading this is in the area you could hear it tomorrow night, as they are repeating the concert then. 7:30. Recital Hall. UCSC.)

(Sorry for the poor quality, but I was using the iPhone, didn’t think to zoom in, and obviously wasn’t using the flash, which probably wouldn’t have worked from that distance anyway.)

And Karl looked quite professional as well. But ‐ oh dear, oh dear ‐ women, if you are going to wear short dressed you really need to sit more carefully. Please!?