04. June 2007 · Comments Off on Concert Announcement · Categories: Concert Announcements, imported

This just in … well, last week … I forgot to post it!:

Berkeley, CA (May 31, 2007) — St. John’s Presbyterian Church celebrates its 100th anniversary with a Centennial Concert on Saturday, June 23 at 4 pm. Concert will feature special performances by world-class artists and distinguished Bay Area musicians, many of whom are members of St. John’s congregation.

The internationally acclaimed soprano Christine Brandes is the soloist in W.A Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, from K. 339. William Bennett, the extraordinarily gifted Principal Oboist of the SF Symphony, performs Domenico Cimarosa’s Concerto for Oboe in C, and favorite jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and George Gershwin. The exciting young Canadian organist Leon Chisholm performs G.F. Handel’s Organ Concerto, Op. 4, no. 4 on St. John’s superb Brombaugh Organ.

These distinguished artists will also join forces for the premiere of The Mr. Siegel Songbook, a striking new commission by composer Brian Mountford, set to poems about innocence and war by Wallace Stevens, William Butler Yeats, Joyce Kilmer, and Gerald Manley Hopkins. Maestra J. Karla Lemon conducts.

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA

St. John’s Website
Tickets: $20 general / $10 students
Available at the door, or call (510) 845-6830
Free parking available


04. June 2007 · Comments Off on Jason! · Categories: imported, Ramble

My friend, and wonderful oboist and English hornist, Jason Sudduth can be seen here, receiving a card that I am assuming includes the oboe. The picture it too small for me to really tell, but considering the site, I’m sure that’s what’s on it. Looking here one finds this oboe card. Who’da thunk it?

And … hey Jason! Miss you here in SJ.

I am not competitive. It’s just not in me. If someone else fights for a job, you can bet he or she will get it, because I’m not good at the game. I get jobs or I don’t. Fortunately, between Opera San José and Symphony Silicon Valley I have enough work—well, except in summer!— that I just don’t feel like trying to be someone I’m not. So there you go.

I just read this:

Why can’t the same thing exist for orchestras? Why not host a series of competitive concerts between orchestras designed to build an audience while educating them about the art form along the way?

I can’t even imagine what that would do to me! Competing against other orchestras? Yikes! The only thing worse (for me) would be competing against fellow oboists or English hornist. Yeah. That sounds like an audition, doesn’t it?


Is this really answer to the diminishing audience? Would people really care?