Mr. Scheinin liked it … as did the audiences. There was more cheering than I’ve heard in a long time at the end of the concerts!

The BPO marks the passing of former Chief Conductor Claudio Abbado with a host of free material.
The Berlin Philharmonic have decided to mark the passing of their former Chief Conductor by making all of his concerts in their Digital Concert Hall free to view for anyone who cares to pay an online visit (yes, that’s the link to the Berlin page).


The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has a new principal oboe: Jelena Dirks of Chicago. She’ll join the SLSO at the start of the 2014-2015 season. She replaces Peter Bowman, who has been out with health problems, and will step down from the post at the end of this season.

Dirks, a native of San Diego, is a third-generation female professional musician. Her mother is now-retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra violist Karen Dirks; Jelena Dirks began piano at age 5 and still plays professionally. At 11, she took up the oboe as well.


28. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Reviews, Symphony

… and rather favorable, at that!

Richard Scheinin of the Mercury News

David Bratman of San Francisco Classical Voice

17. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Symphony, Videos

You can hear Ravel’s Piano Concerto played by Gabriela Montero and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (second movement is near the 9:00 mark in case you are wondering and Monica Fosnaugh is playing.) if you go here.

The Program

Originally aired October 14, 2012

Venezuelan-American piano virtuosa Gabriela Montero performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, and Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads the incomparable Boléro!

Leonard Slatkin conductor
Gabriela Montero piano

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major
RAVEL: Boléro

10. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online, Symphony

Bank of America has initiated foreclosure proceedings against the Nashville Symphony.
According to a legal notice from the bank, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center is slated for a public auction June 28 at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Davidson County Courthouse.
The symphony has been negotiating with a bank group, led by Bank of America, concerning $102 million in debt tied to construction of the Schermerhorn.
The symphony’s board voted in April to not renew a letter of credit with Bank of America. The symphony still owes $82.3 million on the downtown concert hall.
The bank’s move doesn’t come as a surprise, coming a few days after Bank of America appointed a successor trustee for the symphony’s loan, typically a first step toward foreclosure.
The Nashville Symphony can file for bankruptcy protection at any point between now and the scheduled auction to halt the foreclosure sale.


… rehearsals begin! This is the final classic series week for Symphony Silicon Valley. We will be playing other things this summer, but Saturday and Sunday are the last “biggies”. I’ll be on English horn, and I do have a somewhat significant solo in the Concierto de Aranjuez that I’m looking forward to. I also play English horn and oboe in Ein Heldenleben. I’ve played both works before, and I see my notes on the Strauss part.

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I so love the Rodrigo!

Kaori Muraji, guitar: Concierto de Aranjuez

17. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Flash Mob, Symphony

Symphony Silicon Valley has announced the 2013/14 season, including this, although not flashmob style!

I had a fantastic time this past weekend. I’m so very thankful I was asked to help with the supertitles. Had I not been asked to do that I might have stayed home — pretty likely I would have, in fact! — and I would have missed the wonderful program.

I really fell in love with the music of Kurt Weill, and Lisa Vroman was simply incredible. What a wonderful program!

Here is a video featuring Ms. Vroman with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Richard Kaufman conducting:

07. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Symphony

There is a Symphony Silicon Valley set this week. Concerts are on Saturday and Sunday, and rehearsals begin on Wednesday. I still don’t know if I’m playing.

This has never happened before. We are doing the music of Kurt Weill, and from what I’ve been told no works they have at this point call for second oboe or English horn. Trouble is, not all the music has arrived. I’ve had to cancel students, but who knows if I really needed to. I’m so hoping I’ll find out soon so I can put students back on the roster if I am not called after all.

In any case, readers can still attend the concert, yes? Lisa Vroman is singing. Should be a good one.