15. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

I had my oboe looked over while we were up in Seattle for the Seattle Opera Ring Cycle. (I just realized I never really did blog about that wonderful experience. I need to do that soon!) I love having my instruments in great working condition to start the season. Trouble is, I got into the pit and suddenly the oboe felt sort of rotten.

This afternoon I finally figured it out.

When it is freezing in the pit — as it was today — my reed doesn’t vibrate well and the oboe isn’t happy and response is just crummy.

I’m guessing readers are thinking I’m nutty for not realizing this, but I always assume it’s my reed or just me, and finally I think it’s the oboe. This time I’m finally coming to the conclusion it’s the darn COLD.

I don’t know if things will ever be fully resolved in the hall. We have micro climates, it seems. People in the back rows of the pit are hot when we are cold. I’ve heard that people in the balcony are sometimes boiling, and then there are the times they freeze. I think climate control in theaters is mighty tricky (I’m always too warm in the San Francisco Opera’s hall, the War Memorial Opera House.

Whine, whine, whine … and now I’m done.

For this blogpost, anyway.

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