17. May 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden
Northwestern University Chorale; Donald Nally, conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra; Victor Yampolsky, conductor

December 8, 2013
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University

Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich,
Herr Gott, zu unsern Zeiten;
Es ist doch ja kein andrer nicht,
Der für uns könnte streiten,
Denn du, unsr Gott, alleine.

Grant us peace graciously,
Lord God, in our time;
there is indeed no other
who could fight for us
than You, our God, alone.

Text: transl. Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

17. May 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Herbert Howells: Nunc dimittis
Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble; Donald Nally, conductor; Eric Budzynski, organ; James Reese, tenor

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Evanston, IL
October 26, 2014

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the gentiles:
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen.

15. May 2015 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

A clarinet was disassembled and its parts were stolen from a locker room in the 1500 block of North Loomis Street between 3 p.m. on May 6 and 1:30 p.m. on May 7.

The way this is worded just makes me laugh. As if a clarinet wasn’t stolen … just its parts?! 😉

14. May 2015 · Comments Off on Asked Online · Categories: Asked Online

Highschooler deciding between viola and oboe? Please help! 🙂

… um … is this a viola joke? 😉

She does go on about her desire which is incredibly cute, and then ends with this:

I want to play in an orchestra more than anything else. It doesn’t need to be a super major one, like New York or Chicago, but I’d like to play in a bigger one (maybe one in California or Oregon? Or Minnesota? I don’t know) that is somewhat well-known, at least, if I could.. that would be a dream!

I love these sweet and innocent questions kids ask online. They make me smile. When I get students who are like this I’m delighted. They have a DESIRE to play music, not just the “I’d better do this to get into college,” attitude.

12. May 2015 · Comments Off on Asked Online · Categories: Asked Online

Should I trade in my bass clarinet for a oboe or English horn?

should I trade in my bass clarinet for a oboe or English horn give me the pros and cons of the the instruments

This is a “DUH!” kind of question, don’t you think?

12. May 2015 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Jules Massenet! · Categories: Birthdays!

Born in 1842, in case you’re wondering.

I love it when I find a performer has placed a video on YouTube. I can almost safely assume it’s okay to post. (I say “almost” because some performers even make mistakes sometimes and post something that isn’t supposed to be posted. Not everyone knows the rules we have in our contracts!)

Stefan Milenkovich, violin; Orchestra Radio-Television Serbia; Bojan Sudjic conductor. Sava Centre, Belgrade, Serbia.

12. May 2015 · Comments Off on Flying With Instruments · Categories: Read Online

What a hazard! I hear horror stories far too frequently about damaged or entirely demolished instruments. Thank goodness we carry on our oboes and English horns!

Now there’s another worry:

As the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra prepare to leave for Cuba on Wednesday, some are worried about their ability to return home with their instruments.

Top-flight classical musicians seek out the best-available instruments, which can be centuries old. Many were built at a time when there was little concern about the materials used to make them.

Have ivory on your bow or bassoon? You’d better get documentation so you don’t have the instrument confiscated!


And then there’s this:

And this …

And who can forget this?

But wait … there’s more!

11. May 2015 · Comments Off on Recovery Day · Categories: Ramble

Last week was quite an English horn week for me, and I will admit to having had a really good time with it. I needed that.

Recently I’d been doubting myself. That’s really a horrible place to go for someone in the performing arts, as it can interfere with and negatively affect our work. Last week just felt right. I was comfortable. I felt I understood the music and I knew what I wanted to do with it. So I not only had a good time … I was greatly encouraged! To add to it all, my colleagues were so kind, complimentary and supportive. I could choose to think they were merely being nice, but I honestly think they meant what they said. I’m very grateful!

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet isn’t a big deal for English horn. Sure, I get to play the love theme with the violas when it first appears, but it’s a breeze, and I know it quite well. The Debussy is a work that can frighten me. There’s something about those solos that can be tough. This time, though, I just felt as if I understood the work better. Maybe it’s age. I wonder. The Rachmaninoff is just great fun to play and I felt great with it the first time I started practicing it. Everything went well in the performances. Or at least I think so. I DO always wonder later if it was all just my imagination!

It was also Mother’s Day. We tend to have a performance on Mother’s Day every year. Such is life! My kids are so far away anyway, that working isn’t such a bad thing. When one loves one’s job, why bemoan working on a special day … right?

Today, though, is the “day after” — the “music hangover” day. I went off on a ten mile walk, but my energy level was certainly low. Now I’m sitting at home, listening to Joyce DiDonato sing some Ravel with the New York Philharmonic. We have a subscription to MediciTV and it is just wonderful to hear these concerts! Joyce DiDonato is one of my faves, so this is quite the treat. (I’ve never played Schéhérazade … what an amazing work.)

Music. What a wonderful thing it is. How blessed I feel right now!

10. May 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Eriks Ešenvalds – O Salutaris Hostia
Trinity College Choir

O saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of Heaven to us below;
Our foes press hard on every side;
Your aid supply; Your strength bestow.
To your great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three.
O grant us endless length of days,
In our true native land with thee.

10. May 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Purcell: Hear My Prayer
Portland State University Chamber Choir