The San Jose State University Orchestra on Wednesday will premiere two works by student composers, along with a little known Cimarosa concerto played by faculty Oboist Michael Adduci. The concert, conducted by Dr. Janet Averett, will end with the proverbial warhorse of Romantic-Classical masterpieces, Brahm’s Symphony No. 2. Just last year, according to the American Orchestras Annual Ropert, the 132-year-old composition was performed by over 70 different professional orchestras and dozens of student and community ensembles. Those who do not know it are missing out on one of humanity’s finest creations: the music speaks to the full gamut of human emotions, and does so with beauty, drama, and excitement.

Some of my students purchase Mike’s reeds. He’s quite the reed maker, but he’s also a wonderful oboe player. I highly recommend going to hear him play.



  1. My prof doesn’t let me buy reeds. Jealous jealous jealous.

  2. Well, a music major can’t buy reeds. I’m talking middle and high school students who aren’t planning on going into music. 🙂

  3. I suppose, Ren, that you could go back to high school, take lessons from me, and buy your reeds. There’s the answer, eh?

    Hmmm. WHO, in their right mind, would want to go back to high school … but then, we are oboists, so clearly we aren’t in our right mind!