20. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

We finished up The Gift of the Magi tonight. What a fantastic time this was! I enjoyed working with all the musicians — both singers and instrumentalists. I really loved the music. And you simply can’t beat this location! The people who work here at Hidden Valley are wonderfully gracious too … so it was just an all around incredible time. Tonight will be my final night here, and then I head back home. Aside from playing for a Christmas Eve service I have nothing scheduled until my students return and Symphony Silicon Valley starts up in January.

Here are a few photos from the theater, and of course Mr. Nut did make an appearance!

Comfy chairs for the audience … at least they look comfy to me!:

View from the pit:

The stage:

Mr. Nut:

20. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

It’s 1am, and I am totally content sitting here at my desk makingoboe reeds… go figure. did my first band concert and it was awesome! and it might be dorky but i dont care thats the way i like it! and yes.. i play the OBOE!1!

20. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Christmas

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847), Von Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her (1831; from: Choralkantate über Luthers Weihnachtslied)
Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone
Chor der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
Conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

(I was hoping to find more of this work with this group on YouTube, but this is all I could find.)

20. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™

Deck the Hall
The King’s Singers

… at least according to Jose Antonia Masmano!

20. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

20. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

I think we can now agree we don’t want to hear any more whining from clarinet/oboe/bassoon players, yes? :)

20. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Advent

Paul O. Manz: E’en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
Canto Deo

In case you’ve missed earlier Advent posts:
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23