From Delmar Williams: “Eric Varner Associate Professor of Bassoon at Lynn University and owner of Trevco-Varner Music, has died suddenly while on tour with his trio in Thailand. This is a terrible loss for the double reed community. If I get any further information I will post it.”

I have since heard that Dr. Varner died of a heart attack on October 4. I know there are many who are devastated by this news. He was only 45 years old

I’m very sad to read of the death of Ms. Norman. She performed with us in San Jose many years ago. I wish I could remember what was on our program. I’m thinking it was Mahler, but I can’t remember what. I’m sure a colleague will enlighten me.

“Why should one bother to be mediocre?”

Pat McFarland died on the 23rd of this month. I believe I only met him once, and that was when he came back to San Jose. (I think he may have gone to San Jose State.) He was such a fine player and many are mourning his loss.

He played English horn in the Atlanta Symphony for 47 years. A fine, fine player.

14. July 2019 · 2 comments · Categories: Losses

Just yesterday I was looking up Robert Orth because I ran across this video of him singing Heggie’s “Grow Old Along With Me” and today I read that he has died. I know nothing more than that at this point. But what a sad loss.

Robert performed “A Water Bird Talk” by Dominick Argento with San Jose Chamber Orchestra some years back and it was wonderful. I also heard him with San Francisco Opera, in Moby Dick.

When I had looked him up I ran across his very hysterical bio that he has somewhat hidden on his site. It’s a fun and entertaining read!

19. May 2019 · Comments Off on So Young, Such a Loss · Categories: Losses

A very fine oboist, Samuel Bastos, has died in Switzerland. His biographyshows how much he accomplished at such a young age. He was only 32. What a sad loss.

Samuel Bastos, 1º movement Phoenix Concerto, Op. 102 – Paul Patterson
Winner of the Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition 2017 at the IDRS in Appleton, E.U.A, final concert

A. Lotti – Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A major – Samuel Bastos & Sinfonietta de Braga

28. February 2019 · Comments Off on André Previn 1929-2019 · Categories: Losses

I just learned that André Previn died today.

… and from our own Opera San José:

News links will be added as I find them.

NPR
NY Times
BBC
Hollywood Reporter
Variety
The Guardian
Washington Post
Telegraph (I’m confused by this sentence: “Born in Berlin, Previn’s family left in 1939 for Paris in 1938 – where he studied piano at the Conservatoire – before moving on to Los Angeles.”)

21. February 2019 · Comments Off on Dominick Argento 1927-2019 · Categories: Losses

I just learned that the composer Dominick Argento died yesterday. I’ll never forget doing his Water Bird Talk with the incredible Robert Orth and San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

30. January 2019 · Comments Off on Sanford Sylvan 1953-2019 · Categories: Losses

I’ve just learned here that the singer died yesterday.

And this is rather poignant:

26. January 2019 · Comments Off on Michel Legrand 1932-2019 · Categories: Losses

Michel Legrand came to San Jose at some point (I can’t remember the date) and performed (and conducted, I believe) with the San Jose Symphony. I barely remember that. I do remember watching the Umbrellas of Cherbourg over and over with our daughter. That man knew how to write lovely music!

I may put more music up later … for now I have students to teach.

Okay … one more (quickly):

04. December 2018 · Comments Off on Harold Farberman 1929-2018 · Categories: Losses

I just learned of his passing, but he died on November 24.