14. March 2006 · Comments Off on Reed Reviews? · Categories: Announcements, imported

Do you see my list of reed makers and wonder just who they are and what their reeds are like? Do you wish someone would start a site that would allow reed players of the world to rate reed makers? Well, the time has come; Roger Raphael has set up a reed review site. If you have some opinions about reeds you’ve purchased you now have the opportunity to rate and comment on them.

Need to rave? Need to vent? Now you can. Know of a reed maker that is the answer to life’s problems? Get to Roger’s site! Know of one who made reeds that would be laughable but for the expense? Get to Roger’s site!

I know I’ll be going there to see what folks have to say.

While my stomach continued to give me grief last night, the concert went just fine. Three high schools got together for the concert; each did their own works and then they combined for three numbers, and each high school director took a turn conducting the larger group. The choirs sounded great, and there was a sophomore French hornist who really impressed me. I had a blast playing, as I always do; I love playing solo oboe with a choir. I love enthusiastic high school students, too, and these kids all fit that description.

Prior to the performance a parent came up to chat with me, as he’d heard me rehearse with the choir earlier. He asked what I did and where I played and so we talked for a time about my work. (He has two children who are interested in music.) He mentioned that he and his wife used to go to the San Jose Symphony (RIP) Pops Concerts and how great they were. He went on to say he could do without all that other stuff we played, mentioning, too, that his wife always fell asleep during those concerts. Sigh.

This is what we are up against. This is why I wrote my prostitution poem (yes, it’s safe for children to read). I’m not sure what the answer is. If there is an answer.

14. March 2006 · Comments Off on A Reminder · Categories: Announcements, imported

Attention Oboe & English Horn enthusiasts!

The first of two “Patrick McFarland English Horn Masterclasses” is taking place at San José State University this April 21, 22, 23, 2006.

Leading the masterclasses are Patrick McFarland, Solo English Horn of the Atlanta Symphony along with Ray Dusté, former Solo English Horn of the San Francisco Symphony & retired San José State University oboe and English horn teacher.

For the “Kick Off” event, Pat will be joined by double reed colleagues Michael Adduci & Pamela Hakl Economos in a *FREE* evening recital.

Participation fee for the two days of masterclasses is $125.00.

Special pricing for auditors, students, and one day attendance!

Deadline for pre-registration is April 1st.

For details and information, contact Marsha Burkett, Program Coordinator: eh.mc (at) earthlink (dot) net

14. March 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Do you think that I would stand there with my violin in my hand and listen while the oboe plays the only melody in the entire piece?

-Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908. The violinist’s reason for refusing to play the Brahms’ Violin Concerto)