04. March 2014 · Comments Off on Even I Didn’t Know About These · Categories: Read Online

… and I play in Symphony Silicon Valley!

Last Friday, the Pearl Avenue branch of the San Jose Public Library was the eighth and final location in which Victoria Morton and her string quartet performed as part of the program.

As the quartet entered the library with their instruments strapped to their backs, many of the library’s patrons continued going about their business.

Morton began tuning her viola in the back of the library, which started to attract attention.

When the four musicians lined up in the center of the library and began bowing their instruments, it was loud enough for the entire library to hear, but only a handful of people came over to watch the act.

However, when the performance was over, applause could be heard from all corners of the library as people went back to their work.

In the style of a flash mob, the quartet packed up their things and were out the door as soon as they were finished.

The entire event took the musicians about 15 minutes from parking their cars to driving away.

Morton said these flash mob performances are a great way to showcase a type of music the audience may have never heard live.

“I’m hoping that we can touch people enough that they would seek out more live performances of musicians,” Morton says, “and hopefully want to learn more about classical music.”

I read about it here. Cool!

04. March 2014 · Comments Off on Thank you, David Rohrbaugh! · Categories: Opera

Dan and I were able to get home in time for me to attend the final act of Opera San José’s Madama Butterfly. I sat in the pit and just enjoyed. It was David Rohrbaugh’s final performance as music director, so I’m so very glad I was able to attend!

A few weeks prior Dan met up with as many of the orchestra that could make it and took a lovely group photo that was then presented to David at a reception following the performance. I think David was quite pleased with it.

David has been with Opera San José from the very start, and I will miss him. I can’t even imagine how many operas he and I have done together. I can guarantee it’s been a lot!

Here is Dan setting up, along with Isabelle Chapuis and Melinda Rayne. I should have thought to bring a better camera. This is using an iPhone:

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It’s nearly impossible to get a good shot of the stage from the pit when one is using an iPhone, but it’s all I had with me so it’ll have to do. Here you see Frank Fiscalini and David, with the cast and house manager (I hope I’m getting his title right!) James Hilmer:

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04. March 2014 · Comments Off on History of Recorded Music · Categories: Videos

Don’t expect any classical, though. 🙂

04. March 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I’m playing Christmas songs by ear on oboe

Hmm … yes, tweeted just yesterday! It IS March … right?