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.

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
LIVE WEBCAST
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.

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.”
read program notes

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

Purchase Tickets

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

PROGRAM

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

Link

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

FIND IN MY TIME ZONE

WATCH ON DSO.ORG/LIVE
OR ON THE DSO TO GO MOBILE APP FOR iOS OR ANDROID

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.

READ PROGRAM NOTES (pdf)

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.