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Così fan tutte
Saturday, May 24
7:30 p.m. Central
Cahn Auditorium, Evanston
Michael M. Ehrman, director
Emanuele Andrizzi, conductor
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Two young officers agree to a wager with the philosopher Don Alfonso, who insists he can prove that the officers’ lovers are fickle–just like all other women. The soldiers disguise their identities, beginning their test of the women’s fidelity in a tale that walks the line between drama and farce. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

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21. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

Watch & listen live: Berlioz’s Requiem in concert at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
This Wednesday, January 22, Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a performance of Berlioz’s Requiem at the historic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. The concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Claudio Abbado.

You can watch and listen live to this special concert online via ARTE Live Web. The performance begins at 9:00pm CET | 3:30pm VET | 3:00pm Eastern | 12:00pm Pacific.

23. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

I received an email the other day about Splinter Reeds. Sadly I have a conflict, but maybe some of you could attend. I do hope I get to hear them at some point. I know three of the five and I know they are great musicians!

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19. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

It appears to be selling quite well. If I were closer I’d give it a go. Alas, can’t happen … work in my neighborhood means a trip can’t happen.

And no, I wasn’t asked to publicize this. It’s funny, because I receive emails daily asking if I want to write something about a pop or rap singer … but something that interests me and I’m sent nothing. Funny how that goes!

Not that they need an oboe blogger to publicize for them. :-)

04. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements, LiveStream

You can “attend” a Detroit Symphony concert this Sunday, October 6.

Free Live Webcast:
Violinist Gil Shaham

Sunday, October 6 at 3 pm EDT (GMT-4) Find my time zone
Los Angeles 12 pm | New York 3 pm | Paris 9 pm

Gil Shaham
Legendary violinist Gil Shaham opens the DSO’s 2013-14 Classical season with the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s concerto for violin, “Let Fly.”
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Leonard Slatkin conductor
Gil Shaham violin

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Overture
BRIGHT SHENG Let Fly, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
(world premiere commission made possible through the generous support of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation)
RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
RAVEL Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

… or for those of you in different time zones, “Concert, Anyone?”

Detroit is offering up a concert for free through this weekend. Just click here and watch and listen!

The Program

Originally aired March 16, 2013

One of our audience favorite programs of the season — Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts Dvo?ák’s Symphony No. 8 and Stravinsky’s incomparable The Rite of Spring.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conductor

DVORÁK Symphony No. 8
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

This is the one where the English horn has, if I’m remembering correctly, twelve notes. Yes, in the entire piece. And notice: they look to be doubling the woodwinds.

… I encourage you to attend this concert on Tuesday evening. Sadly it’s a wee bit far for me.

I heard Gonzalo Ruiz a while back here in the Bay Area. I also heard him a few years ago. What a wonderful player! And there is something so incredibly wonderful about the sound of Baroque instruments. Truly … check it out. Then you can report back to me!

Symphonie des Dragons
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, director

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Au Goût du Soldat: Refining Regimental Music in France and Germany
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall
Symphonie des Dragons brings together many of America’s finest wind players under the direction of Gonzalo X. Ruiz—BEMF’s principal oboist, professor at Juilliard, and one of the world’s most acclaimed practitioners of the instrument. This exciting program traces the civilizing influence of the oboe band on military and ceremonial music between 1680 and 1720, from simple marches and field music, through the more refined martial works of the Philidor manuscript and Lully, to the fully realized masterworks of Krieger, Fasch, and Zelenka. A full complement of oboes and bassoons—with doubling on recorders—rounded out by guitar and percussion makes this an ensemble unlike any other ever heard at BEMF.

Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Debra Nagy, Kathryn Montoya, Priscilla Smith, Kristin Olson, Cameron Kirkpatrick, Luke Conklin, Stephen Bard, Samuel Budish, Aaron Reichelt, & Jeanine Krause, oboe & recorder; Nate Hagelson, Dominic Teresi & Rachel Begley, bassoon; Charles Weaver, guitar


Suite in G from the Philidor Collection
Suite in F from the Philidor Collection
Suite in C from the Philidor Collection
La Marche Suisse
Marche des Pompes Funebres de Mademoiselle la Dauphine par Mr. Paisible (The Queen’s Farewell)
Marche de Savoye fait par Mr. de Lully
Anonymous: Pomerisches Chaconne
Handel: Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5
Krieger: First Suite from Die Lustige Feldmusik, 1704
Suite in D from the Philidor Collection


30. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

… morning for those of us on the West Coast …

FREE Live webcast Friday, May 31 at 10:45 am EDT
Los Angeles 7:45 am / New York 10:45 am / Paris 4:45 pm / Tokyo 11:45 pm



The Program
Pianist extraordinaire André Watts closes the season with MacDowell’s second piano concerto, and Leonard Slatkin conducts a Detroit-inspired world premiere by Missy Mazzoli and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant fourth symphony.


Leonard Slatkin conductor
André Watts piano

BACH Suite No.3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String
MISSY MAZZOLI River Rouge Transfiguration
(world premiere and Lebenbom Award winner*)
MACDOWELL Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

* Missy Mazzoli is the winner of the Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers, granted annually to a living woman composer, of any age or nationality, in the spirit of recognizing and supporting the creation of new orchestral works by women. The award is inspired by the late Elaine Lebenbom, a composer, teacher, poet, artist, lecturer, and resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

22. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

Dear friends and colleagues,

I’m writing to inform you of an upcoming concert that will be not only musically rewarding, but is of great importance to the future of symphonic music in our culture. We the Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony have settled our relatively brief dispute with management, and are happily back on stage at Davies Symphony Hall, making great music for our beloved Bay Area audiences. The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are not so fortunate. Their rogue administration, who recently spent 90 million dollars on a lobby renovation, offered the musicians a 40% pay cut, take it or leave it. These world class musicians have been locked out for over six months, with no end in sight. The Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony will be performing a Solidarity Concert on April 29th. This event will be broadcast live throughout the world via streaming video. All of the proceeds from our ticket sales will go directly to the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, and to the Musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, who are in a similar situation.

We have rented the magnificent sanctuary of Saint Ignatius Church, on the campus of the University of San Francisco, which seats 2,000. We need to play for a full house! We are producing and publicizing the event ourselves. Please consider purchasing a ticket, and spreading the word to every music lover you know. Your presence will be a vote for the continued health of the greatest art known to humanity.

Tickets are available from brownpapertickets.com, and are $25. $15 for seniors and students. (Children under 10 are admitted free!)

When: Monday April 29, 2013. at 7 PM

Where: St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave., SF 94118

Who: The Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, featuring the SFS brass and percussion
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, for strings and harpsichord
Holst: St. Paul’s Suite, for strings
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

I will have the privilege of conducting the Tchaikovsky. We would love to see you there.

Steve Paulson

13. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

I was asked if I would post this … and why not?! Maybe a reader or two (or more) will be able to attend! Unfortunately I have a conflict with the dates near my neck ‘o the woods.

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MARCH 15, 2013

“Retro-Futurist” American wind quintet THE CITY OF TOMORROW performs their San Francisco debut recital at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, on Friday March 15, 8pm. Tickets are $17.00 General; $14.00 Seniors (65 and older); $14.00 Full Time Students.
Children 12 and under are free. www.oldfirstconcerts.org

The only wind quintet to win a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in ten years, THE CITY OF TOMORROW advocates for the quality and expansion of wind quintet repertoire and performance. Members are: Elise Blatchford, flute; Andrew Nogal, oboe; Camila Barrientos, clarinet; Laura Miller, bassoon; and Leander Star, horn. Visit www.thecityoftomorrow.org and www.soundcloud.com/the-city-of-tomorrow to read more and for audio and video.

Repertoire (see below for more detailed information) includes:
· Rob Keeley, Wind Quintet (US Premiere, recently World Premiered by COT)
· Luciano Berio, Ricorrenze
· Darius Milhaud, La Cheminée du Roi René
· Magnus Lindberg, Arabesques

In addition to the above performances, COT has been engaged for Bay Area school/outreach engagements at Sheldon High School (Sacramento, CA) and Aragon High School (San Mateo, CA).


The City of Tomorrow, based in New York, Chicago, Portland, and San Antonio, aspires to be a leading international ensemble dedicated to the performance and creation of new music for winds.

Since their Fischoff win in May 2011, the quintet has toured the United States Midwest twice and will tour the US West Coast in spring 2013. Performance highlights include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, the Mayo Clinic, the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, and the Ashland (WI) Chamber Music Society on the scenic shore of Lake Superior. They collaborated with the Portland Cello Project for two performances of Radiohead’s classic album OK Computer in Oregon last September.

Most recently, in Canada, the City of Tomorrow performed on the New Music Edmonton series, preceded by a three-week residency at the Banff Centre. In Banff, they performed and recorded as the wind section of Gruppo Montebello, a new-music chamber orchestra. The ensemble’s members studied at the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas.


Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) : La cheminée du roi René (1939) 13’

La cheminée du roi René (The Fireplace of King René), the first modern classic for wind quintet, was composed at the height of Milhaud’s prolific career. In a language of 20th-century tonality that freely mixes major and minor keys, Milhaud conjures the spirit of Medieval France and the court of King René I. Depicting legendary tournaments and ceremonies in its seven movements, the suite is an adaptation of music Milhaud originally wrote for a film: Cavalcade d’amour by Raymond Bernard.

Milhaud taught at Mills College for almost 30 years, and his students went on to huge musical careers in many different genres; Dave Brubeck and Burt Bacharach are counted among his most famous pupils.

Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Ricorrenze (1985-87) 16’

Berio’s mischievous Ricorrenze (Occurrences) is an episodic set of jittery, stuttering variations on haunting, simple melodies: the nervous hitch in your throat when you see a pretty boy or girl and forget how to speak.

Italian composer Luciano Berio may be viewed as the 20th century’s Franz Liszt: a master of writing virtuosic, immaculately colorful music in a unique harmonic language, and an influential teacher.

Rob Keeley (b. 1960): Wind Quintet (2003/2011) 10’

In this four-movement score, Rob Keeley elegantly draws upon 20th-century musical innovations – the birdcalls of Messiaen, the stark and sensual harmony of Stravinsky, the folksong derivations of Bartók – to create constantly shifting scenery that overflows with character and rhythmic vitality. The City of Tomorrow was honored to give this work its world premiere in December 2012.

Rob Keeley has taught composition at King’s College, London, since 1993. As a pianist, he has performed with the London Sinfonietta and Music Projects/London, and now gives frequent solo recitals that explore his far-reaching taste in repertoire.

Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958): Arabesques (1978) 13’

In Arabesques, Lindberg juxtaposes the rigidity of electronic music with the fluidity of ballet. Inspired by the tactile energy of Berio’s music, Lindberg lays tender solo melodies atop a mechanized, sometimes noisy groundwork. In the repetition of palindromic patterns, Lindberg captures the symmetry of an arabesque, the sense that something earthbound is defying gravity.

Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg was the New York Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence from 2009-2012. He counts firsthand experience of 1980’s punk rock in Berlin among the most important highlights of his musical education.

3/12 – 7:30 pm Master Class at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Osher Salon, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA
Event is free and open to the public. www.sfcm.edu

3/13 – 7:30 pm Gillingham Concerto for wind quintet and wind ensemble with UC Davis Concert Band
Mondavi Center, One Shields Avenuxse, Davis, CA
Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for children. UC Davis free. www.mondaviarts.org

3/20 – 7:30 pm Recital at the Alberta Rose Theater, Portland, OR

3/23 – 7:30 pm Collaborative recital with Northwest New Music at the Community Music Center, Portland, OR