25. September 2005 · Comments Off on Marc Lifschey · Categories: imported, Ramble

Marc Lifschey had an incredible sound. I remember hearing him play Stravinsky’s Firebird at De Anza’s Flint Center. When he played the solo, I nearly melted. He filled the room with this velvety oboe sound and made it sound effortless.

He’s no longer with us, but I ran across this site where you can buy postcards that feature his art. I hadn’t a clue that he did this sort of thing. It was fun to see. Check it out for yourself!

There’s also this little blurb at the site:

Now available on CD:

Robert Shaw and the RCA Orchestra & Chorus, Mack Harrell, baritone and Marc Lifschey, oboe Bach Cantatas #56 & #82 (1958 stereo) and other collector’s items in limited editions, private issues.

Hmmm. Sounds like some things worth pursuing, yes?

25. September 2005 · Comments Off on And So It’s Over … And It Begins · Categories: imported, Ramble

Yep. The Crucible is over. It was a good run, and today’s audience was the most appreciative. I’m extremely glad we did this opera. It’s always fun to do something new, and this was a very moving work.

So Symphony SIlicon Valley, here we come. October 1 and 2 are our opening concerts for the season. Woo hoo!

Want to hear a bit ‘o Mendelssohn, Bernstein and Beethoven? Then come to one of next weekend’s concerts. You get to hear fine music, watch all of us put our hearts into fine music, and sit in a lovely hall while doing so. Really. I’ll even wave at you.

25. September 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

“An artist has got to be careful never really to arrive at a place where he thinks he’s at somewhere,” he says at one point. “You always have to realize you’re constantly in a state of becoming. As long as you can stay in that realm, you’ll sort of be alright.”

-Bob Dylan (found at Alex Ross’s site here)