19. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Losses

I just read of former San Francisco Symphony’s principal flutist’s death. His was certainly a name all knew in this area. He was 88.

19. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

I have permission to post this (thank you, Kyle Lawson), and anyone in this area can probably name at least three groups here that have been dealt the death blow. I think this is something well worth reading. (I read it on Facebook):

It is Dec. 19, 2014. The apocalypse came today. It was limited in scope; only one theater company was involved. But that was Actors Theatre. Thirty years of priceless work. Thirty years of memories that will fade.
Leaving what?
The ground between the rock and the hard place is not fertile for the arts. Actors Theatre thrived there longer than most. But live theater comes with a hefty price. More than we were willing to pay. The work was never less than excellent, just as often it was superlative. Yet there were empty seats. The wallets of potential donors remained closed.
These are not good days for our country. We are beset by enemies without and within. Ideology rages, compassion wanes. We proclaim ourselves a religious nation, unaware of the irony that our lives are ruled by greed and bigotry, a travesty of our creed.
Art is the enemy of such ignorance. Why would the ideologists support it? An enlightened electoral base, a knowledgeable consumer community are dangerous. They are not easily led. Brainwashing is almost impossible.
Art is a second opinion. Invaluable. Destroy it.
One cannot blame Actors Theatre for its closing. If there is no money, there is no money. Artists must live, suppliers must be paid. The board and the company’s leaders, Matthew Wiener and Erica McKibbern Black, went beyond the extra mile.
One cannot blame the wealthy, either. Where would this community be without the Herbergers and their fellow philanthropists? Or the support that the municipalities have lent, if sometimes begrudgingly?
It is we who have changed. We no longer seem to care that our children are growing up intellectually and emotionally stunted. We no longer fight for what we believe. We let others vote. We let the media define our existence.
Actors Theater is just one casualty. There will be many more.
Until none are left to die.

For me this is a bit of a “Think again, girl”, kind of post. I tend to blame the wealthy individuals and companies who don’t support the arts. But we normal folk. Do we care? I wonder!

I have more to write (and I did), but being as I’m in a negative sort of mood right now I’m just going to leave this here. For now. Maybe forever. We’ll see!

19. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

And who knew that an oboe was such an appealing instrument, with its clear, warm, penetrating sound. Oboist Robin Tropper delivered the musical magic that this instrument can deliver with his skillful playing, not only in his pre-concert and intermission performances along with guitarist Gary King but also when he accompanied the Ladies Chorus and other performers during certain songs in the concert. These included “All on a Cold Winter’s Night” with the Ladies Chorus and “O Come All Yet Faithful” in a mass performance complete with audience participation.

First of all, congratulations to Robin Tropper, whom I’ve had the delight of meeting at the past two IDRS conventions.

But c’mon now: “…who knew that an oboe was such an appealing instrument”??

I thought everyone knew that.

Found it here.

19. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Christmas, Videos

Yep. I just saw this on twitter. I’ve just started watching it (registration required). It’s rather cute at the beginning. I hope some of you give it a go! It’s an hour of some mighty nice brass playing, if the start is any indication. :-)

(And Sara Willis sure is a good speaker. I’m impressed!)

This is a children’s concert, so you’ll be getting a bit of a brass education too, from the sound of it (I am just listening for the first time as I type this.)

Update
If the childrens’ faces don’t make you smile I don’t know what will! (I was sorry to see someone tell a couple of kids to settle down as they were bouncing up and down to a bouncy tune. It’s a kids’ concert! Sigh.)

19. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Emailed To Me

…the FOOTBALL REMEMBERS campaign marks the centenary of the World War One 1914 Christmas Day truce in which soldiers played a game of football in No Mans Land near Ypres in Belgium.

I get emails from music companies on occasion, offering me free things. Asking me to publicize something. Wanting attention. When I began getting them it was rather fun and exciting and I felt special. Of course then I realized that they just have some sort of spambot that finds me because I have the word “oboe” in my URL. Classical, pop, rock, heavy metal … you name it, I seem to get it. These days I ignore them for the most part. It’s not that I hate the music (some of the time), but I have to be honest adn tell them I have no time to review things, which is what they want, of course. (I also get emails about contests I could host, but the last time I tried that it got so little attention I didn’t think it was worth it to do another. If you disagree let me know and I’ll try one again.)

In any case — after this bit of a pattyramble™ — I received one for a pop album and, believe it or not, it caught my attention. The story rang a bell, but it was a pretty distant one. I wanted to hear the music.

Well, well, well, one of my string playing pals favorite tunes, eh? ;-) But hey, maybe this is a good use for it. What say ye?

PS I recognize the name Julian Lennon. Otherwise I’m clueless. I need to study up on pop artists, I guess.

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Here’s some info I also received:

I’ve been working with pluggers Dylan White and Steve Tandy on The Peace Collective’s version of ‘All Together Now’ a record that commemorates the 1914 Christmas Day truce between English and German troops, and supports the vital work of The British Red Cross and Shorncliffe Trust.

As we approach the final weekend of sales before the Christmas charts are announced, I would really appreciate any support you can give the single. It would also be hugely appreciated if everyone could take a moment or two to join the Thunderclap. This is a social media takeover that’s happening tomorrow evening. In just a couple of clicks you can ensure your social media profiles will host a Peace Collective message at 5pm tomorrow and hopefully we will see #AllTogetherNow trending. This is the link to use it really couldn’t be easier – thndr.it/1qvyef0

19. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

That time I forgot my sax at school and tried to hide in the clarinet section with an oboe during the parade…

(And he even shared a photo, but I won’t post that here)

19. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Advent

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, arr. Dr. Barlow Bradford
University of Utah Chamber Choir; Dr. Barlow Bradford, Conductor