Symphony Silicon Valley starts up today, and we’ll be playing a whole lot of Shostakovich:

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor

I look forward to working with Tatsuya Shimono again. I’ve really enjoyed him.

It’s been a long time, it seems, since I’ve been on stage. Time to get my stage legs back again!

Speaking of a long time … this video above is from 1979. The year I graduated from college. I remember seeing and hearing New York Philharmonic at the Concord Pavilion with Dan and a few other friends that same year (June 16, 1979). We heard Mahler 1 then, not Shostakovich. I’m guessing, though, that many of these same musicians were on stage. I was so clueless about names back then — I was too busy enjoying being with my boyfriend. Now I look and see Joe Robinson, Julius Baker, Stanley Drucker … I hadn’t a clue who was up there. Man, I was clueless!

It’s quite cool to see that NYPhil has digital archives and I can find all the info from that, along with programs that enable us to peruse. The program for the concert we attended had an section about Inglenook Wines and the Concord Pavilion and included this shot. I certainly recognize Roy Malan … who are the others. Anyone?

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I wrote about this concert just the other day.

Now I ran across this article that includes the following:

The honeyed hum of his cello wafts through the large front window of Emil Miland’s gemütlich cottage on a seaside street in Pacifica, as his canine companion Diller surveils an arriving reporter. After greeting his guest, the cellist identifies the piece he’s practicing as The Despot’s Rule, The Slave’s Revenge, composed for him by Shinji Eshima. Miland is heralding of the New Year with two concerts, both of them involving old acquaintances, as well as new music.

Eshima, who’s a bass player as well as a composer, grew up alongside Miland in the 1970’s in the East Bay, and performed with him in the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Eshima’s piece for cello, piano, and marimba will be one of three on a January 11th program at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, showcasing Miland and other musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra (including pianist Steven Bailey and marimbist and tympanist Mark Veregge), with whom the cellist has been working for 27 years. The concert represents one of the month’s two homecomings for Miland; he first appeared in the 30-year-old Music at Kohl Mansion series when he was fresh out of the New England Conservatory.

“It’ll be an interesting concert,” the cellist promises. “Aside from Shinji’s piece, there’ll be the Mozart Oboe Quartet, with Janet Archibald on oboe, Kay Stern playing violin, Dawn Harms playing violin, and me. The second half is this huge piece by Erich Korngold, his Suite for two violins, cello, and piano left hand.”

Gee, I still need to buy my ticket! How ’bout you?

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I read about it here.

C’mon … Mozart Oboe Quartet with Janet Archibald? You know you want to be there. I also see some other friends and well-known names on the program. Sounds like a good time and a great listen!

Tickets may be purchased by going here.

I have a rehearsal this morning for the work I’m posting below. I’m so excited to be playing this with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. The concert is tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM. Hope you can make it!

You might see some familiar faces below. I know I did!

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
New Century Chamber Orchestra

02. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements, Movies, Symphony

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28. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

Quite a number of years ago (2003, to be precise) I posted about an upcoming (at the time of course!) trio performance including flute, oboe and piano. I just received an email from the same group, announcing the concert below. Perhaps some of you can attend! (Unfortunately I have a conflict.)

“music you’ve probably never heard”

Tuesday, September 16th, 4:00 PM
Hanson Hall, The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley

Nancy Powell, oboe
Dave Ross, flute
Fred Cummins, piano

GF Handel Triosonate (a very early triosonate for 2 vl & bc)
‘maya’ by flutist Ian Clarke
Gary Shocker’s Three Dances for Two Flutes
Gustav Holst’s A Fugal Concerto
Plus: excerpts from F. Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata

18. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

I just read this:

For one night only, the legendary songs of Led Zeppelin, accompanied by Symphony Silicon Valley, performs at the City National Civic! Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, Silicon Valley Symphony performs The Music of Led Zeppelin at City National Civic of San Jose on Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 PM. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors.

Read more here.

Yep, that’s the orchestra I play in. I’m guessing they don’t need me, since I’ve not been asked to play (although I guess there’s still time).

Here’s the thing:
When I was in high school Led Zeppelin was arrested for drug possession. Some of my friends were distressed because they were going to hear the band. I, being so out of touch, said, “Can’t they just play without him?”

Yes. I thought Led was a first name and Zeppelin a last.

07. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements, IDRS2014

Oops … before I forget, I want to mention that Friday at 7:00 Threeds will be at Joe’s Pub. Doors open at 6:00. You can read more here.

21. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements, Opera

I received this via email:

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.

Visit our webcast page or our YouTube stream approximately 10 minutes prior to the performance to watch the live video feed. If you do not see any video on the screen, refresh the page periodically until live footage is available.
More Information

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.