17. November 2007 · Comments Off on Reaching Out In Another Way · Categories: Links, Ramble

Sir Simon Rattle was reaching out, as I wrote earlier, to those who might not ever get into a symphony hall.

Now he’s also reached out to those who do attend concerts:

At Tuesday night’s performance of Mahler 9, Rattle was plagued by what our correspondent calls “mute but unscored coughing from the audience”, and seems to have snapped. Holding the orchestra silent between movements, he turned around and quietly reminded them that, in order for the musicians to do their job, the audience had to do its job too, and stay as quiet as possible. A small physical demonstration of best-practice cough-stifling, featuring the maestro’s own handkerchief, followed. Chastened concertgoers immediately shut up. You would. (RTWT)

How ’bout that?!

I do my job no matter what, to be honest. I mean, we’ve had all sorts of things go wrong and the thing is, we have to go on. We have to play well. That’s life. That’s show biz. I understand the frustration … it’s distracting when the hacking goes overboard. Cell phones are even worse. Flash photography is the worst since it’s deliberate. But I really can’t imagine teaching an audience how to cough properly. Too funny.

You can read more here if you’d like.

Hmmm. Maybe I can blame any errors on coughing though. Gee … I think I’ll hang on to that one. 🙂

17. November 2007 · Comments Off on What to do in your spare time … · Categories: Listen, Videos

… if you are an outstanding oboist?

Well, why not a Geiko commercial?

Don’t know Alex Klein? You should! Try this. Read this. Listen to snippets of his CDs here, here, here, or here. Or just look around on google for other things.

17. November 2007 · Comments Off on Kinda Funny · Categories: Other People's Words, Ramble

Theodore Kern, the convention president and pastor of Crescent Valley Baptist Church in Battle Mountain, used an oboe reed as an illustration for the Christian life.

“God knows we have bends and twists like a lot of the oboe reeds. Like the reed, we are imperfect. God chooses to work through our strengths and our weaknesses,” Kern said.

Heh. I’ve never heard a sermon before where an oboe reed was used as an illustration. Shoot, I’m not sure I’ve ever met a minister who knew what an oboe reed was! So this made me smile. A little.

17. November 2007 · Comments Off on But Are There Any Dead Animals? · Categories: Links, Ramble, Reviews

On the San Franciso Opera’s production of Macbeth:

The central playing space — a big concrete cube where Macbeth and his wife light candles, make love and plan their murders — looks like a rent-by-the-month storage unit. There are military men in camouflage, and guys who are dressed like sanitary workers. Banquo’s assassins take a break from their bloody task to dress up as women in black skirts and wigs. The three witches of Shakespeare’s original are now a chorus of women wearing red. One of them twirls a hula hoop. One blows bubbles. They all seem to enjoy dancing. Someone carries a green typewriter across the stage and places it in a prominent spot, for no apparent reason. (RTWT*)

Hmm. Sorry I can’t attend this one, just to see all of this in person. I just have too much going on. (Okay, truth be told, I really wanted to hear Thomas Hampson, and that’s why I’m disappointed I can’t go.) But since the other operas I’ve seen had dead animals I was thinking perhaps that would the the year’s theme. Guess I was wrong.

And now I really, really want a green typewriter. 😉

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