23. March 2015 · Comments Off on Just Because I Like This · Categories: Listen

Du Fay: Rite Majorem
Blue Heron

23. March 2015 · Comments Off on Well, I suppose he was an oboist too … · Categories: Photos

I can’t put the Getty Image here, as I’m sure that’s not allowed, but check “The Oboist” photo out.

Yep. See what I mean?

22. March 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Purcell: Hear My Prayer Oh Lord
Coro Musicanova; Fabrizio Barchi: Conductor

22. March 2015 · Comments Off on More Eugene Izotov · Categories: Oboe, Videos

This is so much fun! Bravo!

W.A.MOZART: Don Giovanni
“Fin Ch’han Dal Vino”
Arrangement for 2 oboes
Eugene Izotov (oboes 1 & 2)

22. March 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Stephen Caracciolo: To Everything There Is A Season
Canto Deo; Jonathan Brown, Director; Harp, Ann Marie Liss; Flute, Mary Anne Chase

20. March 2015 · Comments Off on Have Your LOTR Tickets Yet? · Categories: Videos

The Marriage of Film and Music on an Epic Scale

Direct from New York’s Lincoln Center engagement, the complete film trilogy will be presented live, with Symphony Silicon Valley, and featuring Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and Cantabile Youth Singers. This is the first time an American orchestra has performed these epic works.

Beneath a giant 48 foot screen presented in HD, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists.

Purchase your tickets here!

When they name the instrument they do come across as more believable. Still … I’m not one to believe this sort of email. (Wouldn’t it be funny if I was wrong to be skeptical?)


I’m Mrs Linda Cowell from Paris,France.during my search for a Oboe lesson teacher that would always take my son ( Chris is very good speak English ) and I found you..Your advert looks great and it is very okay to me since you specialize in the area i am seeking for him… My Son would be coming to US (your city) by next week for a period of time and with his friend for 2 Months.he is just a beginner and he is 16 years old, i want you to help me teach lesson during his stay. So, kindly let me know your charges cost per week’s ,in order for me to arrange for his payment before he travels down to your side. I have also made preparation for his personal equipment he will be using privately at home after the lesson during his stay.

Please Advise back on;

(1). your charges per 1 hour twice a week for 2 Months?

(2).The Day and time you will be available to teach him During the week?

(3).Tuition address?

I will be looking forward to read from you soonest.

Best Regards,

Mrs Linda Cowell

19. March 2015 · Comments Off on Growing Up · Categories: Oboe, Oboe Recital, Videos

I first featured Song HyungJung back in 2011. She was then thirteen. Last November I shared Blues for D.D. from a recent video upload, and here she is in the same recital with a bit of Piazzolla.

Piazzolla Etude for Flute

19. March 2015 · Comments Off on More With Eugene Izotov · Categories: Orchestra Excerpts, Videos

And YES … listen to recordings. Understand the context. This goes with any work! I remember sitting on an audition panel for an opera audition: it was clear a few people had never listened to the excerpt played in context. It was accurate, but not at all what is done with the singer(s) and an orchestra.

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prelude
Eugene Izotov, Oboe

Doesn’t he make it sound easy?

It’s not. At least not for me. But then I play the English horn part on this. Whew!

17. March 2015 · Comments Off on Children’s Concerts · Categories: Symphony

We did our first two children’s concerts today. We have six more to play, two of which occur tomorrow and four next week. These concerts are so important! We are introducing the symphony to children who, in most cases I think, haven’t attended a concert before. It’s not easy for me to pick up an oboe so early in the morning, but when I remind myself of how much they matter I manage to cope.

I’m definitely not a morning person, though. That’s rather clear.

This is a three year old video. I’m hoping Symphony Silicon Valley will do some new ones soon: