16. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Contests

Now c’mon, people … don’t any more of you want to win a $100 gift card to Shabby Apple? Hmmm?

Yep, you’ve seen most of this before … I will continue to post a reminder each day, but do go to the original post to enter!

I’ve never done a contest or giveaway. Mostly because I am just too lazy. But hey … it’s 2013. I may as well try something new, right?

So Shabby Apple, a creative online store with really sweet women’s clothing along with other things, has offered this contest and I think it’s pretty darn cool. I love their clothes, and I thought maybe my musician friends would as well.

Here are just a few things that caught my eye that are black and handy for concert folk:
Cape Cod Skirt
Hollywood Boulevard Skirt

What do you have to do? You have to “like” Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave me a comment on the original contest page, telling me which item on the site would make your day (or week, year or month). (Please note that the comment button is right below the title of this post, not below!) You do have to have a USA shipping address.

On January 31 I will put all of the names into a box and the first oboe student who arrives that day for a lesson will get to choose the recipient of a $100 gift card. How cool is that?!

PS No, you don’t have to be a student, or even an oboist. You don’t even have to be a musician at all. You just have to be a living, breathing person, leave a comment at this blog, and you do also have to “like” Shabby Apple on Facebook!

16. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

I just landed at a page that gives the rep for Opera San José‘s next season. I had known about three of the four, but Hansel and Gretel was a surprise. We’ve not done that opera for eons. (I just checked and it was last done in the 1985/86 season.)

General Director Irene Dalis announced today the repertoire for the company’s 30th season to begin Saturday, September 7, 2013 with Verdi’s masterwork Falstaff, conducted by Opera San José’s founding music director and principal conductor, David Rohrbaugh. In November, Opera San José will present Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, a family classic to welcome the holiday season. Acclaimed stage director Brad Dalton returns in 2014 to direct Puccini’s bittersweet Madama Butterfly. The season will culminate with Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

“For our 30th anniversary we will celebrate Verdi’s 200th birthday, present a wonderful holiday opera, bring back to the stage a most beloved Italian opera, and showcase one of the world’s favorite seducers. The best of opera repertoire and a fairytale classic!” said General Director Irene Dalis. “As always, we select operas that are suited to the artists in our resident company, and these operas are a perfect fit.”

The 2013-14 season features the principal artists from Opera San José’s resident company: Melody King (soprano), Cecilia Violetta López (soprano), Nicole Birkland (mezzo-soprano), Tori Grayum (mezzo-soprano), James Callon (tenor), Evan Brummel (baritone), and Matthew Anchel (bass). Former resident, Scott Beardan (baritone), returns as a guest artist to open the season as Falstaff.
All performances will be held at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. Subscriptions for Opera San José’s 2013-14 season go on sale February 11, 2013, starting at $120.00 for all four productions.
Subscriptions are available at the Opera San José Box Office or by phone at (408) 437-4450. Single tickets will go on sale August 5, 2013, priced from $50.00 to $110.00.

I read it here

16. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

I like cats, and playing jazz oboe.

16. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

Didn’t play my oboe today. and I highly doubt that will majorly impact the band in any way.