First Werther review* is in.

Great big ouchy here.

(I can’t see the opera, so I haven’t a clue how it looks. I also can’t hear the singers, aside from a few brief moments, so i don’t know how they sound. Oh well.)

*link no longer working

18. November 2007 · Comments Off on Re(ed)minder · Categories: Announcements

I posted this a while back, but just in case you don’t check my double reed days page, here it is again:

MasterClass Series – OboeRAMa
November 30, 2007, 10:00 AM

Day Long Event: Masterclasses, Reed Making, Oboe Band Performance, and Recital

The Colorado State University Woodwind Studio present OboeRAMa with Eric Barr on Friday, November 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins.

Special guest Eric Barr, principal oboist with the Dallas Symphony between 1973 and 2006, comes to Colorado State University for an oboe MasterClass. The day long event features:

  • playing and performance masterclasses;
  • reed making instruction;
  • an oboe band performance (bring your own instrument); and
  • a recital.

    OboeRAMa Registration Details:

    The OboeRAMa MasterClass is open to the public and costs just $20.00. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and lunch.

    To register, contact Gary Moody: gary.moody [at] colostate [dot] edu.

    In addition, you can attend a concert:

    Eric Barr to Perform with the University Symphony Orchestra

    The Colorado State University Symphony Orchestra presents European Extremes with special guest Eric Barr, oboe. The concert takes place on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins.

    Wes Kenney and the Symphony play brilliant orchestral color inspired by the extreme moods of Europe. Former Dallas Symphony principal oboe, Eric Barr, partners with the Symphony for Jean Francaix’s delightfully colorful and vividly descriptive, The Flower Clock, based on a poem by Mallarmé about a musical clock.

    Concert Ticket Information

    Tickets for the Symphony Orchestra are just $5 for CSU students and $10 for the general public; ticket price includes campus box office service charges. Tickets can be purchased by calling 970-491-4TIX or at Visa and MasterCard accepted.

    Performances are popular and advance purchase is highly recommended.

  • 18. November 2007 · 3 comments · Categories: News

    The third oldest orchestra in the world, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO), has managed to overcome a fair share of stumbling blocks in its 181- year lifespan. The CSO started this season with new hopes and expectations, and with nearly enough members to perform. (RTWT)

    Anyone know who #1 an #2 are? Just curious! (And not willing to do any research at the moment.)

    18. November 2007 · Comments Off on Shatner Reads · Categories: Links, Ramble

    I just love the guy. And I do agree with the article … he’s a puzzlement. It’s about that “cool/uncool” thing, and I always wonder just what he is thinking. But there he is, doing ads for Priceline that are just too funny. Because they are so bad they are good. Doing Boston Legal (no, I don’t actually watch it any more, but I used to, just for the Shatner Factor). The CD Has Been, produced by Ben Folds. And now … Shatner. Exodus. Arkansas Symphony orchestra. You know you want it.

    18. November 2007 · Comments Off on Finally · Categories: Books, Links, Ramble

    I’m a slow reader. Mostly because I don’t take the time to read, actually. (I spend too much time with my computer … can you tell?) But I did finish Angle of Repose (I still love the book, after all these years.) and I’m finally beginning Alex Ross’s book The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. I’m only a short way in, but I’m already fascinated. I play music, but I don’t know all that much about the composers, to be honest. (I spent my college years in space cadet land. And no, not because it was the 70s and I did any drugs—believe it or not, I never did that stuff! Too chicken, I guess!—I just wasn’t the best student in the world! How I graduated “with great distinction” is beyond me!). So this is like going back to school … with an excellent instructor! (My music history instructor in college could put us to sleep in the first five minutes of class.)

    Anyway, you can expect to see some quotes here that I’ll find as I read!

    If you go to a concert with young children expecting them to be bored and preparing them by giving them doughnuts, and expecting them to sit in the lobby watching a movie while you listen to the second half, are you preparing them (and yourself) for disaster? I wonder. Of course adding Franck to the mix … not exactly my fave of composers, I’ll confess … is probably not a great thing. RTWT

    How would you recommend dealing with young children at concerts? Or would you?

    Best line in the article: “God be praised, the English horn!”

    18. November 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

    Cultural music is not written but it comes from the bottom of the heart, whereas western music has to be written before being played.

    -Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (RTWT)

    Hmmm. Does “writing before being played” mean it is not from the bottom of the heart? I do think I understand what he is saying though. Thoughts?