Can’t manage to get out of the house? Want to see and hear a concert? Try I just clicked on the link and I’m now listening to a concert. Right now the English horn player is soloing (why isn’t the camera on the player?) Ah … there he is! (While the oboe is replying with his solo). And who are these players? This is Aspen Festival Orchestra. Guess I need to look it up. It’s a “live” (but not now) performance, so I hear some little glitches and I even saw the conductor react to something he probably didn’t care for. But what fun. I could really get addicted to this. Even though the sound isn’t perfect. (I can always imagine what it’s really like, having sat in the middle of the orchestra.)

You really get to see the players up close and personal. Anyone want to identify some of these players for me? Should I be embarrassed that I don’t know them? Many look quite young, although not all. I’m not sure how long this concert will be up for free.

Oh … and I’m hearing the Overture to the Flying Dutchman. In case you are wondering. I’ve played both the principal oboe and the English horn parts. I love both. Great solos to get to play!

And now they have finished the overture. I’ll listen to more later. Check it out. In order to see and hear more I have to buy a subscription. But hey … if I want to see some concerts and I can’t get to them, this wouldn’t be a bad thing, would it? Has anyone done this?


  1. Patty, I have read your blog for a long time but just registered. In response to the oboe and english players in the video. I believe the oboist and english hornist are Dick Woodhams and Rob Walters respectivly. I may be wrong, but they sure look like them.

  2. Thanks!

    I’ve even seen Mr. Woodhams before, but can’t remember what he looks like. Silly me.

    Sure are a lot of younger looking folks there too.

    Glad to “meet” you. I’m assuming you are an oboist or bassoonist?

  3. Im an oboist and english hornist, yes. I am now entering my senior year in high school.

  4. Ah … have fun with all those applications you are going to be working on. (Assuming you’re going on, of course!)