04. March 2019 · Comments Off on Interharmony · Categories: Announcements

Just received this from a woman who used to sometimes sub in our orchestra. I have no personal experience with the organization … just spreading her news:

I’m writing because I have an exciting teaching opportunity abroad this summer, and I’m trying to spread the word a bit about its existence. Would you be willing to post the flyer below on your website?
I will be teaching at the InterHarmony Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy, July 2nd-14th. I have a few spots available for either piano or oboe, and the festival is open to all ages, as parents can accompany their children and stay on site if they so choose. Amateur adults are welcome as well. Acqui Terme is a wonderful small city, offering ruins dating back to the 9th century, stunning vineyards, hot springs, and delicious cuisine. The festival provides private lessons, chamber music, and various excursions, including to nearby Milan. It is certainly a unique experience. I would be happy to mail you some fliers or posters, or speak with you over the phone, if that sounds helpful.

Many thanks in advance for all your help– I really appreciate it.

Best,
Miriam

Interharmony website

26. February 2019 · Comments Off on A Local Oboe Summer Camp · Categories: Announcements

… and to my students: notice that bit about “long tones, scales and technical studies”?!

Both Ryan and Adrienne are people I work with and enjoy tremendously. (In fact, they will be playing in the upcoming production of Madama Butterfly that I sadly must miss due to a major conflict with Aladdin.) You will definitely benefit from their instruction and I highly recommend this camp.

Left Coast Oboes Summer Camp
July 15-19, 2019
Redwood City, CA
Started in 2018, Left Coast Oboes is a summer day camp for middle and high school oboe players of all levels. Dedicated educators, Adrienne Malley and Ryan Zwahlen, wanted to create a fun and nurturing environment for students to learn reed making, study standard orchestral and solo repertoire, and play in an ensemble setting.

More information, including registration available here:
https://www.leftcoastoboes.com

17. January 2019 · Comments Off on Philharmonia Baroque’s New Music Director · Categories: Announcements

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale names Richard Egarr as next Music Director, its second in their nearly 40-year history

Egarr, currently serving as Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, will succeed Nicholas McGegan beginning in the 2020/21 season

Read more here.

Here is more from Joshua Kosman.

05. December 2018 · Comments Off on From NY Times · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, News, San Francisco Symphony

An article that makes me feel like my complete surprise was not unwarranted. It also makes me even more excited about the appointment.

Go here to read it.

05. December 2018 · Comments Off on I Didn’t See This Coming · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, Press Releases, San Francisco Symphony


(photo from the SFS site main page)

SAN FRANCISCO, December 5, 2018 — San Francisco Symphony President Sakurako Fisher and Chief Executive Officer Mark C. Hanson today announced that Esa-Pekka Salonen will become the Orchestra’s next Music Director, beginning in September 2020. As the San Francisco Symphony’s 12th Music Director in its 107-year history, Salonen will succeed Michael Tilson Thomas, who concludes his 25-year tenure as Music Director in July 2020. One of the most influential and creative forces in music, Salonen has, through his many high-profile conducting roles, work as a leading composer, and as an advocate for accessibility and diverse musical voices, shaped a unique vision for the present and future of the symphony orchestra.

As my husband said, “Quite a catch.”

16. October 2018 · Comments Off on Alex Klein in Canada · Categories: Announcements

As some know, I posted a video of Alex Klein in January.

I’m pleased to report that he announced on Facebook that he has accepted a position in Canada!

Congratulations, Mr. Klein!

25. January 2018 · Comments Off on Yamaha Announces New Oboes · Categories: Announcements

(I tend to think of oboes in the same way I think about cameras. If you know me you might know what I mean. If not, well … I guess you can always ask!)

Yamaha introduces the YOB-831 & YOB-831L oboes-long-awaited updates that increase warmth in the sound while retaining the bright and responsive feel for the player.
New features include a redesigned, thicker bell along with a unique taper and flare that promote a powerful sound with rich overtones. A new tone hole design has well-defined edges to provide increased resonance.
Additionally, unprecedented consistency and production precision of the 831L Duet+ model is due to the “ebonite” upper joint liner. The synthetic wood doesn’t contract or expand, resulting in outstanding overall performance and reliability.
“Players are increasingly demanding high-quality and even higher-performing instruments,” said Brian Petterson, marketing manager, wind instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Increasing the range of tone colors to include the warmer end of the spectrum will make this oboe increasingly popular with modern professionals and students alike. The consistent high quality in production expertly combines craftsmanship and technology, and the greatly increased range of sound characters make this oboe more exciting than anything else currently on the market.”
Pricing and Availability
Yamaha YOB-831 (MSRP: $9,239) and YOB-831L (MSRP: $10,608) will ship in January 2018.
For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2018 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 25-28, 2018, or http://4wrd.it/YamahaOboes

31. October 2017 · Comments Off on MTT To Step Down · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, News

Michael Tilson Thomas will step down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony at the end of the 2019-20 season, marking the end of the longest and arguably most significant chapter in the orchestra’s 106-year history.

Since taking up the position of music director in 1995, Thomas has overseen a remarkable transformation that has vaulted the San Francisco Symphony to a central position among the top orchestras of the United States and given it a distinctive profile on the international stage.

The move, announced to the orchestra on Tuesday, Oct. 31, is scheduled to coincide with both the end of Thomas’ 25th season at the organization’s helm and his 75th birthday in December 2019. He will remain with the Symphony in the newly created post of music director laureate, conducting at least four weeks each year and undertaking a variety of special programming projects.

“I guess part of my decision was just a matter of thinking in round numbers,” Thomas said in a phone interview. “I’ve been very pleased to see the development of the music making in the orchestra, and particularly the amazing quality of the new members coming in. So I’m taking this step with a lot of confidence in my colleagues, and a sense of satisfaction at the direction of this journey we’ve taken together.

“But in the big picture of my personal life, I’m looking forward to having less responsibility, and more time to devote to other projects — even ones not necessarily having to do with music.”

RTWT

03. October 2017 · Comments Off on Seattle Symphony Named Their New Music Director · Categories: Announcements, Conductors

… and it is Thomas Dausgaard. He begins in the 2019-2020 season.

09. September 2016 · Comments Off on Cabrillo Music Festival Names New Music Director & Conductor · Categories: Announcements, News

I just received this …

Santa Cruz, CA, September 9, 2016 – The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, is pleased to appoint Cristian Macelaru as its new Music Director and Conductor. Macelaru takes on the position with immediate effect and conducts his inaugural season in August 2017. He succeeds longtime Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop, who stepped down after her 25th Anniversary season this August.

The appointment comes after a yearlong search led by the Festival’s Board of Directors and Executive Director Ellen Primack.

A fast-rising star of the conducting world, Cristian Macelaru has established himself for his musical insight and assuredness on the podium. Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award and now Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he came to public attention in February 2012 when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez. These performances were met with widespread critical acclaim and launched an international career. An accomplished violinist from an early age, he grew up in Romania as the youngest of 10 musical siblings and immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue his musical studies. This marks Macelaru’s first Music Directorship.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have found Cristian Macelaru,” said Executive Director Ellen Primack. “His curiosity and genuine passion for new music, coupled with his skill and dynamism on the podium, make him a perfect fit for the Festival. Cristi understands and respects Cabrillo’s important role in the music world. He is confident and charming, and eagerly embraces the special spirit and ethos that has distinguished the Festival and allowed it to thrive.”

“On behalf of the Cabrillo Festival’s Board of Directors, I’m very gratified that we’ve been able to find such a worthy successor for the helm of Cabrillo Festival,” said Liza Culick, Chair of the Artistic Leadership Transition Team. “Cristian Macelaru is a great young talent. We’re confident that he will lead the Festival into a new era that will be marked by all the passion, excitement, and community that have been the hallmark of the Cabrillo Festival from its earliest days.”

“I am excited and humbled by the prospect of joining this beautiful artistic family,” said Macelaru. “Cabrillo’s vision is unique–it has contributed immensely to the creation and performance of great art. It is an organization that nurtures innovation while maintaining the highest professional standards. I look forward to working with the incredible Festival Orchestra and building on the great legacy established by my illustrious predecessors, including Marin Alsop whose work I deeply admire. I hope to expand our artistic vision while ensuring that the Festival continues to be a destination for those seeking a unique experience and a deeper understanding of a truly remarkable art form.”

Macelaru will celebrate his first season with the Festival July 30 – August 12, 2017.

About Cristian Macelaru
Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Cristian Macelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. With every concert he displays an exciting and highly regarded presence, thoughtful interpretations and energetic conviction on the podium. Macelaru came to public attention in February 2012 when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez in performances met with critical acclaim. Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Macelaru made his subscription debut with the orchestra in April 2013 and continues to conduct them annually on subscription programs and other special concerts.

The 2016/17 season sees Macelaru returning to the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, San Diego, Milwaukee, Colorado, Detroit and Vancouver. Internationally he leads the Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Weimar Staatskapelle, Halle Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. In Summer 2016, Macelaru made debuts at Dresden Staatskapelle, Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wolf Trap Festival with the National Symphony Orchestra and at the Aspen Music Festival. Additionally, he returned to the Mann Center and Saratoga Performing Arts Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chautauqua Music Festival with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

In the 2015/16 season, Macelaru led subscription concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra in D.C., as well as with the Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and New World Symphony. His international guest-conducting appearances brought him to Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Cristian Macelaru made his Carnegie Hall debut in February 2015 on a program with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter. A keen opera conductor, in June 2015 he made his Cincinnati Opera debut in highly acclaimed performances of Il Trovatore. In 2010, he made his operatic debut with the Houston Grand Opera in Madama Butterfly and led the U.S. premiere of Colin Matthews’s Turning Point with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival. In 2019, he returns to the Houston Grand Opera on a Kasper Holten production of Don Giovanni.

In addition to being appointed the 2014 Solti Fellow, Macelaru previously received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012, a prestigious honor only awarded once before in the Foundation’s history. He has participated in the conducting programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. His main studies were with Larry Rachleff at Rice University, where he received master’s degrees in conducting and violin performance. He completed undergraduate studies in violin performance at the University of Miami.

An accomplished violinist from an early age, Macelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with that orchestra at the age of nineteen. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons.

Macelaru formerly held the position of Resident Conductor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he was Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Larry Rachleff and Conductor for the Opera Department. A proponent of music education, he has served as a conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, where he also conceptualized and created a successful chamber music program. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Crisalis Music Project, Macelaru spearheaded a program in which young musicians perform in a variety of settings, side-by-side with established artists. Their groundbreaking inaugural season produced and presented concerts featuring chamber ensembles, a chamber orchestra, a tango operetta, and collaborations with dancer Susana Collins, which resulted in a choreographed performance of Vivaldi/Piazzolla’s Eight Seasons.

Cristian Macelaru resides in Philadelphia with his wife Cheryl and children Beniamin and Maria. www.macelaru.com

About the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival is a preeminent force in new music, both nationally and internationally. Celebrated as a “summer mecca for musicians and a premier musical destination for audiences,” (San Jose Mercury News) the Festival attracts some of the world’s top contemporary composers whose compositions are shared with an award-winning orchestra and an enthusiastic audience. www.cabrillomusic.org.