13. January 2018 · Comments Off on Eugene Izotov, Jon Nakamatsu, and Poulenc · Categories: Listen, Oboe, Piano

Just an excerpt of the work … but such a great work it is! (And Chris Thile is such a kick!)

Bravo to Eugene Izotov and Jon Nakamatsu. What a duo this is! ??

12. January 2018 · Comments Off on A Bit Of Mozart · Categories: Listen, MozartMusicMatters™, Oboe

With Eugene Izotov, Ian Swensen, Jay Liu and Jennifer Culp.

Rondo: Allegro from Oboe Quartet in F Major

Always love the bit where the oboe is in 2/4 and the strings are in 6/8.

12. January 2018 · Comments Off on Alex Klein on Living the Classical Life · Categories: Oboe, Videos

So very interesting! Imagine starting out by just having a reed to play most days of the week!

Also interesting to hear him say he put “no” on an audition paper because he didn’t like he way the woman left … as if she was angry. Guess there was no screen.

The discussion on focal dystonia is truly heart-breaking. I have always said, and will continue to say, “I am not my oboe.” I hope I mean it.

Go to about 40 minutes in and it is fascinating what his brain is telling him. Wow. And DOUBLE WOW to the dystonia being “task specific”: “I can play oboe d’amore, I can play English horn, I can play Baroque oboe” … amazing.

And yes, oboe is, for most, NOT an old age playing instrument. He said he can’t imagine playing after age 65. 🙂

Alex Klein – Living the Classical Life: Episode 51 from Elyria Pictures on Vimeo.

09. January 2018 · Comments Off on I’m Impressed! · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™, Videos, vocal

I played this version of Gaudete last night for Dan before he could see the singers. Then I said, “Look at them!” Like me he didn’t expect such young singers. These young men get such a wonderful sound and I’m so very impressed!

Raffles Voices Male Chamber; Toh Ban Sheng, Conductor

07. January 2018 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Lodovico Grossi da Viadana: Exultate justi in Domino
Western Illinois University Madrigal Singers; Dr. James Stegall, Conductor

07. January 2018 · Comments Off on The Work Of Christmas · Categories: Listen

I feel like these words mean even more at the moment.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

—Howard Thurman

07. January 2018 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

René Clausen: Set Me As A Seal
PopUp Choir #11; Tom Trenney, Conductor

05. January 2018 · Comments Off on Liang Wang · Categories: Oboe

So true about it being so personal, I think … I feel the same about English horn. But I suppose every instrumentalist might say that about his or her instrument though, right?

03. January 2018 · Comments Off on Music For Our Anniversary · Categories: Listen

My husband Dan and I are celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary today. Time … I will never figure it out. It feels like forever. It feels as if we were just married. No matter. I’m grateful.

I Would Live in Your Love by Nathan Jones

Baylor A Capella Choir

I Would Live in Your Love by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

I would live in your love as the sea-grasses live in the sea,
Borne up by each wave as it passes, drawn down by each wave that recedes;
I would empty my soul of the dreams that have gathered in me,
I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soul as it leads.