22. February 2009 · Comments Off on I Know You’re Dying To Know … · Categories: Opera, Ramble

No, I did not go to the after-opera party that I mentioned earlier. I just couldn’t fathom attending the party after the opera; my eyes were killing me as was my head (ah, the joys of wearing a headband … it’s a killer on this big head ‘o mine). So I’m home, watching the Oscars (handy to have recorded it, as we can skip commercials). I know I’ll regret wasting an entire evening on the Oscars, but what the heck. I don’t think I’ll regret missing the party … well … okay, not much. Part of me wonders if I could have managed it and had a good time. Too late now, though.

I’ll miss the opera … now that it’s over. Funny how that goes, eh? I whine and whine and wait for it to end and then I’m sad. Yep. That’s me all right. I played well today, as far as I know. Of course if I ever heard myself I might decide that was the wrong thing to think. But I don’t have that option, so I guess I just have to go with my gut and say I really do think I played well.

Yes. This is me too. Being positive. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to normal soon.

22. February 2009 · 3 comments · Categories: BQOD

double reed instruments are wicked easy i played a basoon for like 4 yeARS SO ITS NOT DIFFUCULT

22. February 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

One day at a party I’m going to break out my oboe. Just by way of warning.

22. February 2009 · Comments Off on Maybe This Week? · Categories: Opera, Ramble

Last year, Symphony Silicon Valley publicly announced the 2008-2009 season on February 26. So perhaps they’ll announce the upcoming season this week. I’m hoping. I’ve not even heard a tiny hint of what’s on the program (I usually do hear at least a bit of something), and I’m quite curious.

And of course I also want to verify that I do have symphony work, along with Opera San José, for next season. I’m learning to make no assumptions.

Today is our final Così fan tutte performance. I still say it’s my favorite Mozart opera, but I must admit I’m weary. I suppose it’s just that beginning solo; knowing that I “set the tone” (according to at least one person, but that was enough!) causes me to be more stressed than I wish to be. Of course there’s also that little run toward the end. That adds a bit ‘o stress too. In addition, the weather changes just keep the reed situation even more frustrating than usual. So I’ll sadly say goodbye to Così, but I’ll be relieved as well.

After the performance there’s an end of opera party. Will I attend? I’m such a hermit, as readers know, and the socializing during work actually tires me out, so I’m just not sure. I’d like to appear more friendly (I’m sure some people think I’m a total snob) but I know that attending a party will really wipe me out, and I’ll be a zombie tomorrow. But I’ll probably be a zombie anyway. So who knows? It was nice to be invited, though.