17. October 2011 · Comments Off on Enjoy! · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

Here’s the YouTube info:

Journée d’étude sur le hautbois médiéval
Troisièmes Rencontres de lutherie et de musique médiévales de Largentière
“Sonnerie” donnée en clôture par :
J Papasergio – A. Reboisson – A. Ramage – E. Vigneron – E. Frank

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on Oboe Outside My Little World · Categories: OutsideMyWorld™

… with a bit of serpent added in for good measure.

This is another Jean-Luc Fillon video:

I just read this:

Jones might be playing his audience as one would play an oboe. A dumb, truck-driving oboe.

Hmmm. Okay then.

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on Oboe Sax? · Categories: Read Online

I just read this:

Rob Verdi shows off a saxophone that was developed to look and sound like an oboe in the 1920s when the saxophone was so popular that school band leaders couldn’t get students to take up other instruments.

So go here and see the photo of the instrument (I can’t post it here … that would be stealing.)

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on Ah, Reviews! · Categories: Reviews

Some reviews crack me up. Maybe It’s just me, though. I wonder!

For instance …

With a sweat-soaked sport shirt clinging to his back and shoulders, Carlos Miguel Prieto appears to be dancing in front of his orchestra. His arms undulate overhead, matching the snake-charming sounds of the oboe. A hip shake cues the trumpets. Coaxing fingers draw a syrupy sound from the violins — and when he stamps and growls, the 100-strong orchestra seems to growl, too, building to a musical climax.

Okay … anyone else crack up?

I read it here.

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

[name here] is on the search for the PERFECT oboe reed!

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on Love The Shirt! · Categories: Havin' Fun

We aren’t doing Rite this week … it’s Petrushka for Symphony Silicon Valley … but I wish I owned this shirt — I’d wear it to work. (Well, maybe. These days I rarely wear t-shirts.)

You can purchase yours here.

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Hoping to brush off cobwebs in my head from playing oboe in 7th grade. I know music notes are hiding in there somewhere

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on National Opera Week, October 28-November 6 · Categories: Opera

News Release
Opera San José Celebrates National Opera Week

SAN JOSE, CA— Opera San José joins dozens of other opera organizations nationwide to celebrate National Opera Week (October 28 – November 6), coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, with support of the National Endowment for the Arts. As part of the week-long celebration, Opera San José will present two free public performances at the
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San José and partner with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to encourage patrons to ride the VTA to the opera.On Tuesday, November 1 at 12 noon, the company will present a preview of two one-act operas,
Leoncavallo’s emotional tour de force, Pagliacci, and Poulenc’s monodrama, La voix humaine. The program will include a selection of arias and duets performed by members of the cast, followed by a panel discussion with members of the creative team, moderated by Opera San José’s general manager Larry Hancock.

On Friday, November 4 at 4 pm, children of all ages are invited to a performance of a one-act touring opera based on Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic, Hansel and Gretel. Performed in English by Opera San José’s singers, Hansel and Gretel provides children with a positive experience of an art form that may be new to them, offering a fantastic introduction to opera and theatrical storytelling through music and voice.

Both events will be held on the 2nd floor of the library in room 225/229, located at 150 East San Fernando Street at 4th Street in downtown San José. No reservations are required.

Opera San José will extend the celebration through the month of November by partnering with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to encourage patrons to take public transit to the California Theatre for performances of the company’s double-bill of Pagliacci and La voix humaine, November 12-27. VTA monthly pass holders can save 20% on tickets to any performance of Pagliacci and La voix humaine by presenting a valid monthly fare pass at time of purchase.

For more information on Opera San José visit www.operasj.org. For more information on National Opera Week visit www.operaamerica.org/operaweek. For VTA fares and schedules visit www.vta.org.

About Opera San José
Opera San José, performing at the historic California Theatre in downtown San José, is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, Opera San José specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. In addition to mainstage performances, Opera San José maintains extensive
educational programs in schools and in the community at large, and offers Preview lectures and Introduction to Opera talks for all mainstage productions.

17. October 2011 · Comments Off on Worth a Listen · Categories: Videos

Riccardo Muti accepting the Birgit Nilsson Prize

“Music is extremely important. Education in music is essential.”

“What is important is to teach young boys and girls in a modern society that an orchestra, a symphonic orchestra, a chorus, is a symbol of a society — how a society should work and stay together.”

… and every player knows that his freedom must exist but should not stop or damage the freedom of the other player, but all the players together in their freedom and expressing their feelings they all must work in one direction that is harmony.

Oh heck, just listen!

Music makes more gentle the heart.