24. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: NewToMyEars™

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) is not a composer I’d heard of before. You?

I’m assuming these are the performers, as I see their names listed: Alicia Molina, Carlos Jaime Sarria, Joseba Berroca,l Francisco Valdivia

24. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

You know, Im actually glad I chose oboe as my secondary instrument :)

24. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

The Symphony offer of free tickets has now made the Mercury News:

Thanks to an anonymous donor, Symphony Silicon Valley is offering several hundred free tickets to Thursday night’s performance of Brahms’ “German Requiem.”

Symphony President Andrew Bales said a private donor was moved to make the generous offer to raise awareness of the relief efforts in Japan, thank those who have already supported those efforts, and spur even more donations. The concert was an appropriate choice, Bales said, because “Brahms wrote this as his human requiem.”

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(This is merely a reposting of yesterday’s post.)

I do hope some of you take advantage of this fantastic deal!

I’ve really been enjoying watching and hearing Gregory Vajda work with the chorus. It makes me wonder … has Opera San José ever considering hiring him to conduct an opera? We hire a guest conductor for two of our four operas each year. I think he was be a welcome addition!

24. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

“I had been looking forward to performing in Japan: the country is unlike any other, and the audiences are so dedicated and love music so much that it is always a pleasure to play for them,” Hahn writes. ”I first went to Japan when I was a teenager and have returned nearly every year since. My memories from my time there are vivid, and it is hard to picture a vibrant country that I know so well facing such a destructive crisis. My first thought was to organize a tour of fundraiser concerts: instead of playing in Japan this month, I might be able to play for Japan.”

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Just another reason to love Hilary Hahn.

Thursday, March 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Baltimore, MD
Featuring: singer/songwriter Caleb Stine, violinist Yuka Kubota, pianist Yoshie Kubota, Baltimore School for the Arts students Tariq Al- Sabir and Robert Pate, and Suzuki students from the Peabody Preparatory
2640 Space at St. John’s
$20-$50

Friday, March 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Alexandria, VA
Featuring: Valentina Lisitsa
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Free, donations encouraged

Sunday, March 27 – 3 p.m.
Morrow, GA
Featuring: Valentina Lisitsa
Spivey Hall at Clayton State University
$75

Monday, March 28 – 9 p.m.
Brooklyn, NY
Featuring: Josh Ritter, Chris Thile, and Caleb Stine
Galapagos Art Space
$55

24. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

I’m not going to win this game of Words With Friends… [name here] played “OBOE”… it’s like an omen of badness.