I just read of former San Francisco Symphony’s principal flutist’s death. His was certainly a name all knew in this area. He was 88.

I was shocked and very sad to come home from my music weekend to hear that Irene Dalis had died. I knew that she had been dealing with health issues, but this is so heart breaking.

You can read about it here (Mercury News) and here (SF Chronicle).

This is such a loss. She did so very much for the city of San Jose, and I will remain in her debt.

Thank you, Irene, for everything.

I just read that composer Stephen Paulus has died. I’ve posted some of his choral music here on my Sunday morning and evening posts.

Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus has died.

Paulus was among Minnesota’s leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works — including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces.


Richard Kanter, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s oboe section from 1961 until 2002, passed away on Friday evening, October 10. He was 79.


I wasn’t familiar with Mr. Kanter, but perhaps some readers were. Anyone? Here is his Wikipedia page.

I just learned that Christopher Hogwood has died. He was only 73. Such sad news. I will post more when I’m home from rehearsal.

(time lapse)

Posts you can read online:

Christopher Hogwood site

Deceptive Cadence (Anastasia Tsioulcas)


The Guardian

17. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Losses

“I am the most hated man in the world of opera,” he said, “but I am loved by the masses.”

Tibor Rudas died on September 8. You can read about him here.

He is the man mainly responsible for bringing us The Three Tenors and putting opera in arenas. I did both a Pavarotti and a Domingo show in this way. Did I do The Three Tenors? I honestly can’t remember! (I do remember Pavorotti telling the crowd, near the end of his performance, that singing in our arena — usually called the Tank these days, I think — was a horrible place to sing.)

09. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Losses

I was not familiar with this singer (I’m not familiar with so many), but she was 104 when she died yesterday. Maybe singing is good for longevity?

You can read about her here.

What were you doing when you were 83?

14. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Losses

Frans Brüggen,who has died aged 79, was a Dutch recorder player, conductor and musicologist who brought the recorder out of the classroom and into the concert hall as a serious musical instrument.
In his early days he would play anything that he felt might sound good on the recorder — “which included, for better or worse, [tunes from] symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven”.
Later Brüggen explored more carefully how the instrument was used in the baroque era, while pushing for its acceptance as a modern instrument — including commissioning works from composers such as Louis Andriessen and Luciano Berio (notably Gesti, which tests the performer’s powers of control and interpretation). Indeed, Berio once described Brüggen as “a musician who is not an archaeologist but a great artist”.
Along the way Brüggen founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, spearheading the move away from the luscious accounts of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven that had become popular in the first half of the 20th century and towards a realisation of how the music would have sounded during the composers’ lifetimes.

(I just have to laugh at the crossed legs!)

13. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Losses

Maestro Maazel’s website

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to hold the music directorships of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.


The Guardian

Wall Street Journal