29. July 2011 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Oboe

Sérgio Azevedo: Bergerettes I for solo oboe
Tiago Coimbra, oboist

29. July 2011 · Comments Off on You’d Think Spam Comments Would At Least Make Sense · Categories: Spam'nScam™

Howdy. I just read a few in this some other threads as well as was required to understand in case you might want to consider swapping blogroll back links?

Symphony Silicon Valley, with the help of Target, is doing free concerts this weekend and next. Do check out all the info here. I’m playing English horn and a very small bit of third oboe this first weekend. For the July 30 concert I play all of one work: Ravel’s Bolero. For the second I play a wee bit more, but if you don’t listen carefully you just might miss me. It’s a rather easy job for me, but I’m delighted to be back at work! Or play. Or work—play. You decide!

And hey, there’s free ice cream at the Sunday, July 31 concert. For you. Not for me. (I don’t eat ice cream and the put a reed in my mouth. Bad idea!)

I’ll bring a camera and try to snap a few photos. Stay tuned!

29. July 2011 · Comments Off on Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ads · Categories: ComMusiCials™

… there are more than these two, but of course I have to post the double reed ones! (I may have posted the second one before, as I know I watched it, but I can’t locate it so oh well!)

29. July 2011 · Comments Off on Retiring Oboists · Categories: Read Online

Two of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s longest tenured musicians, both oboists, retired at season’s end, closing out decades-long careers there.

Charlie Wicker’s career clocked in at 50 years, and Frank Lynch’s stretched over 34 years.


Let’s see, around here many seem to combine San Jose Symphony (RIP) and Symphony Silicon Valley as one. I began in 1975. Will I be playing in 2025? When I’m 68 will I still be sitting in that chair? I can’t even imagine … but I can’t imagine being 68 either! Go figure.

Listen closely tonight for the bassoon solo in Ravel’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.” The New York Philharmonic performs this piece tonight for the Philharmonic’s closing night concert of its residency in Vail this summer.

Um … who cares about a bassoon solo when that second movement has the English horn solo. Right? I would suggest that the writer meant English horn, but he’s an oboist so I’m guessing that’s not the case!

I read the article here and it’s mostly about altitude and reeds. I have no problem with altitude and reeds where I live. I DO have a huge problem with my attitude and reeds, though. 🙂

29. July 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I’m really happy [name here] picked the flute and not an oboe…

I like this sort of thing … it would be nice if all orchestras had them!

Do instruments often fit the personalities of their musicians, or is it vice versa? Stefan Farkas, Principal English Horn for the Seattle Symphony, says his instrument suits him well. “Quite often in the repertoire, the English horn is given slow, melancholy passages,” explains Farkas. “I think that does fit my personality. I’m more of a laid back person.”

This isn’t to say that Farkas is melancholy, but he’s certainly calm and easygoing. His thoughtful demeanor reveals an impressive patience for whatever comes his way.

Reedmaking, for example, can prove to be an incredibly tedious endeavor. Farkas spends countless hours making reeds, most of which aren’t even good enough for rehearsal. “There’s so much weeding out of bad reeds,” he says, but in the spirit of patience, he adds, “It’s a means to an end.” Without the hours of shaping, tweaking and perfecting several reeds, he wouldn’t get to play the instrument he loves.”>


29. July 2011 · Comments Off on BachTrac™ · Categories: BachTrac™ · Tags:

Menuet from Orchestra Suite No. 2

Galant-Quartet: oboe Alexey Balashov; violin Varvara Balashova; viola Andrey Utushkin; cello Svetlana Demidenko

29. July 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

If you told someone you played the oboe though they’d likely say what’s that instead of that’s cool lol