22. February 2007 · Comments Off on They Asked, I’ll Post It · Categories: Announcements, imported


Hope all is well. I thought this might be of interest for you to cover in your blog, or just to tune in and hear for yourself. Here at WGBH we are really excited to be broadcasting Scott Joplin’s little-known and even less-heard opera Treemonisha in its entirety–over a three day period–on 89.7 FM in New England, streaming worldwide at http://wgbh.org/classical It all kicks off on Monday morning (2/26). All the details are…well…detailed below. I’ve also got some great pictures from the Houston Grand Opera’s 1975 production, just email me and I’ll be happy to share. If you know anyone who might be interested in this, please spread the word. Thanks for keeping the classical music and opera scenes vibrant!

All the best–

WGBH 89.7 to Broadcast Rare Performance of Scott Joplin’s ‘Treemonisha’, February 26-28

WGBH 89.7 FM will present legendary ragtime composer Scott Joplin’s only opera, Treemonisha, in three acts, Monday, February 26 through Wednesday, February 28 at 9am on Classics in the Morning with Cathy Fuller. The rarely-performed opera was recorded in 1975 by the Houston Grand Opera, with arrangements, orchestration and conducting by Boston’s world-renowned conductor Gunther Schuller. In addition to the local broadcast, Treemonisha will stream live worldwide at wgbh.org/listen.

Described by one critic as “where ragtime and opera join hands and dance together,” Treemonisha combines European opera, African American dance forms and turn-of-the-century American popular idioms. The piece, which airs as part of WGBH 89.7’s celebration of African American History Month, tells the story of a young black woman living on a plantation in 1884 who realizes that education is the road to her people’s salvation.

“Treemonisha is absolutely stunning,” says Cathy Fuller. “Joplin uniquely wrote the most illuminating and significant events of his life directly into the opera, and the result is quite affecting. I’m very much looking forward to sharing it.”

I may check this out (I’ll have to put it on my calendar so I don’t forget!). I didn’t know that Joplin wrote an opera.

If they send me pictures to post here I could do that too. Time will tell.

22. February 2007 · Comments Off on But Did The Oboists Stick Around? · Categories: imported, News

So an orchestra concert in Norway was cancelled due to the flu. Too many musicians didn’t show up to rehearsals.

I’m guessing the neurotic oboists were still there. Ya think?

22. February 2007 · Comments Off on Lights Out · Categories: imported, News

Paris Bastille Strike Cloaks `La Juive’ Premiere in Darkness
By Jorg von Uthmann

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) — The revival of Halevy’s “La Juive” at the Paris Opera, after an absence of 73 years, started with a bewildering opening night.

The stage was shrouded in various degrees of darkness. At the end, director Pierre Audi and his team didn’t appear at the curtain calls.

This was not an artistic choice. The Paris Opera has lots of overpaid, underemployed grumps backstage. We were witnessing a strike of the lighting technicians.

I’m assuming Bloomberg isn’t a pure news place, as this is clearly harsh toward the lighting technicians and isn’t just providing the news.

22. February 2007 · Comments Off on Difficult for Me to Imagine · Categories: imported, News

Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore, Placido Domingo and director David Cronenberg are forming an unlikely trio to create an unlikely opera — The Fly.

I don’t know. I just don’t know. Read about it here.

22. February 2007 · Comments Off on What I Should be Doing … What I AM Doing · Categories: imported, Ramble

I should be getting out my oboe. Now.

But …

Jameson is watching Triplets of Belleville. And well, yes, that means I am too. I had forgotten about the great music in it. I hadn’t forgotten about the great animation and colors and of course story.

What is it with French film? Things I notice: Creativity. Good music. Color … always interesting colors. Cleverness without being aggravating. (When I see clever American films they often cry out to me, “Look! We be clever!”) Triplets reminds me a bit of City of Lost Children. Is that a goofy comparison? I’m guessing so. I’m guessing comparing an animated film to one that is not is a bad thing to do. But I like to do the wrong thing.

Okay. Not really.

Anyway, as I watch Triplets I’m also watching the live video of the Amgen Tour of California. They keep saying “Leaky gas is helping the peloton close in on the breakaway…”. Which makes me laugh. (I know, it doesn’t take much to make me laugh!)

Okay, they are really saying “Liquigas”. But still ….

I’d never heard of Stringfever before, but I’m glad I’ve heard about them now! Go here and check out the videos! I just watched Bolero. Amazing. These four musicians all play one instrument for that particular work. You have to see it to believe it.

If you watch their History of Music you can play “name that tune” (or composer). I think these folks could use an oboist though, dont’cha think?

And that’s what I’ve been doing.

So while the oboe still is in its case, at least I’ve had some fun.

And dinner is already made. So that’s good. Yes?