18. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

I just did what I wanted. I didn’t live like a prince. To sing the St. Matthew Passion with a great conductor, that’s the bottom line for me. You don’t get rich singing the St. Matthew Passion, you just get happy.

-Sanford Sylvan

18. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

Starting the day with a sore throat, head ache, back ache, a crummy rehearsal because of my crummy broken oboe, finding out that it will take about one to two weeks to fix it and having to play on a rental that is most likely going to be made out of plastic. What a great day :/

18. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

wanna play Piazzolla’s “Libeltango” on the oboe in woodwind quartet. am wondering whose arrenge are the best. :) so, time to study!

18. May 2011 · 11 comments · Categories: Losses

There have been some losses recently, but this one hits much closer to home and hurts my heart greatly.

A dear friend of ours — and the one who actually got Dan and me together — has died. Phil was a great guy. He played bass trombone in the San Jose Symphony and then in Symphony Silicon Valley. He was probably the most cheerful man I’ve ever met. Even when he told me he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma he was upbeat and positive. When his symptoms got worse he still somehow managed to smile and joke around. I will miss him.

Ah, dear dear Phil. You will be missed. (If I find a large photo I’ll put that up. For now this will have to do.)

My heart goes out to his family. How difficult to lose this man, and far too soon, too.

18. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

Symphony Silicon Valley wants to send every elementary school student in Santa Clara County to a professional arts event, and it hopes its Facebook friends can help make that happen.

The program, ArtSpark Silicon Valley, is aimed at kids in third through sixth grade and will launch in the fall. Symphony President Andrew Bales says it already has the backing of several county arts groups and school districts.

Students would be exposed to performances from groups including the San Jose Rep, Opera San Jose and TheatreWorks. The events would be paired with museum visits or other cultural performances.

“The arts have fallen so far behind in our classrooms that only teachers who are pre-inclined to use the arts do so,” Bales said.

The program wouldn’t cost school districts or taxpayers a thing, Bales said. But the funding has to come from somewhere, and that’s where Facebook comes in.

RTWT

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