(This is a high school choir. I’m impressed!)

Bruckner: Christus factus est
Asaka High School Choir; Kazuaki,SUZUKI, Conductor; Fukushima,Japan.

17. January 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Allegri: Miserere
Ars Nova Copenhagen; Paul Hillier, Conductor

14. January 2016 · Comments Off on Who Knew? · Categories: Read Online

I just read this online:

THE oboe, the sprightly companion of the orchestra, will be heading to Swindon in the accomplished hands of internationally renowned musician ….

So there you go! News to me. Maybe to you as well?

10. January 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Richard Burchard: When David Heard
Gondwana Chorale

10. January 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

A little something to wake you up this fine Sunday morning!

Jeffrey L. Ames: Rejoice
USC Concert Choir; Kopona Otosi, soloist; Nicole Toto, soloist; Jeremy Bakken, electric bass; Zev Shearn Nance, drum set; Cristian Grases, conductor

09. January 2016 · Comments Off on Seen Online, For Sale · Categories: For Sale

Oboe semiautomatic C – $500

I can promise you, without any doubt, that you are getting something that could be made into a lamp stand. Trust me.

(And these are Canadian dollars, by the way, which converts to $352.76 in American according to a site I just visited.)

08. January 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

My Song in The Night, arr. Paul J. Christiansen
Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota; René Clausen, Conductor

07. January 2016 · Comments Off on Get Your Tickets! · Categories: Concert Announcements

Next week we have the fun (and challenge) of playing for the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Get your tickets now! 🙂

I was delighted to read that we will be conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. I worked with him many years ago and he was fabulous. It’ll be great to see him again and work with him once more!


If you need to get tickets just start here. Last year we did the Lord of the Rings movies and, let me assure you, the audience went wild! It really was quite exciting. These are things not to be missed: when is the last time you heard a live orchestra with a movie? C’mon … go for it!


07. January 2016 · Comments Off on How To Care For Your Oboe · Categories: Seen Online

Just a couple of comments:

I don’t put the bell on first, and I’ve played for … um … over 45 years. I also take the bell of first when I’m putting it away. Go figure. Learn something new every day. (Not that I’ll change my habits now.)

I never use a silk swab. Having caught those darn things in the oboe (and English horn) too many times (even with that “tail” that is supposed to allow us to pull it back out in a swab emergency). In addition, if you DO use those, be sure and put the joing completely upright once the weighted part of the swab appears and you grab on to it. There are gremlins in the joints and they LOVE to knot things up if you hold it downward or sideways. Trust me. I do have a number of friends who use these silk swabs, so I know others love them. I just like a simple old t-shirt type material swab. They are more absorbent and they rarely get stuck.

That being said, it’s a nice, clear video, and the player does a nice job playing. 🙂

06. January 2016 · Comments Off on Pierre Boulez 1925-2016 · Categories: Losses

Pierre Boulez, the French composer and conductor who was a dominant figure in classical music for over half a century, died on Tuesday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by his family in a statement to the Philharmonie de Paris. “Audacity, innovation, creativity — that is what Pierre Boulez was for French music, which he helped shine everywhere in the world,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement.