27. March 2009 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

I’ve been asked to play two selections for a Good Friday service. The instrumentation can be oboe/cello/piano or solo oboe. (Some kind of lamentation….)

Any suggestions?

27. March 2009 · Comments Off on Sad … or horrifying? · Categories: Opera

It appears that OSJ has cut both the Entr’acte to Act 2 and Act 3. Yikes! Below are clips (poor sound quality) so you can hear what you’ll be missing. I’m just stunned, especially about Act 3. The Entr’acte before Act 4 is being moved to before Act 3. Maybe I’m clueless … is this done sometimes?

Act 2 (I love the bassoons! This includes more than the Entr’acte, of course, but listen to the beginning. That should be included in the opera!)

Act 3:

I just picked up my music today. I’m disappointed!

In addition, the librarian doesn’t understand why I redid some of the cuts last time. She has me turning pages while playing. She’s a string player … they are two on a stand! We one on a stand folks can’t turn pages while playing, so I redo cuts if I can to make them workable. Sigh. Now I have to correct them again.

27. March 2009 · 4 comments · Categories: Links

The American Wind Symphony Orchestra has a 50-year history of sailing the world’s waterways from its home port in Mars, Pa. It has previously played in Marquette and Houghton.

I’d never heard of this group before, but I don’t know much about bands. Sounds … well … interesting.


27. March 2009 · Comments Off on Ah … Nice to Read! · Categories: Reviews, Symphony

So I know I have to take reviews with a grain of salt. I know a review is one person’s opinion. I know if I take the good ones to heart I’d better take the bad ones the same way. And that hurts a lot so I like to say, “They really are just one person’s opinion so I don’t take them to heart.”

But of course I lie.

Because when they hurt they hurt horribly. But when they are good they make my heart very happy.

The Richard Scheinin Mercury review is in:

English hornist Patricia Emerson Mitchell was a standout: Her solos were ear candy, richly melodious.

Yes. My heart is happy. 🙂

… but you all know me, yes? Now I think, “OH NO! Will I disappoint everyone at the next two performances?!”

27. March 2009 · Comments Off on Ghost Twitterers · Categories: Links, Ramble

I know many think blogging and Twitter and Facebook are silly. Or egotistical (probably!). Whatever. I’m okay with that. I blog and use twitter and Facebook. (I think some things other people do are silly too.) But I’ve often wondered if the posts on these places are real. Turns out not all of them are. I’m happy to hear that not everyone agrees that that’s a good thing. (Lance Armstrong twittered about it. Hmm. The “real” Lance?! I think so. Really.)

The basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, for example, is a prolific Twitterer on his account — The Real Shaq — where he shares personal news, jokes and occasional trash talking about opponents with nearly 430,000 followers.

“If I am going to speak, it will come from me,” he said, adding that the technology allows him to bypass the media to speak directly to the fans.

As for the temptation to rely on a team to supply his words, he said: “It’s 140 characters. It’s so few characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you.”

Ghostwriters have been around for a long time. If you read a famous person’s autobiography you can’t just assume that person wrote it. I guess there are still people who don’t know that. Heck, if the book is extremely well written I tend to assume there was a ghostwriter involved. Some ghostwriters get acknowledged. Some don’t.

But somehow, with Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, it seems that many believe the famous person is doing all the writing. I’ve been taught to be skeptical (thanks, you-know-who-you-are) so I tend to think the opposite until proven otherwise. Go figure.

I am not famous. I do my own blogging, twittering, “facebooking” … and I clean my own toilet too. So there you go. But this unfamous person would gladly never make another reed if only she could find a ghostreedmaker.

27. March 2009 · Comments Off on Interesting · Categories: Links, News

The French composer, Maurice Ravel may have left a hidden message – a woman’s name – inside his work.

A sequence of three notes occurring repeatedly through his work spell out the name of a famous Parisian socialite says Professor of Music, David Lamaze.

He argues that the notes, E, B, A in musical notation, or “Mi-Si-La” in the French doh-re-mi scale, refer to Misia Sert, a close friend of Ravel’s.


27. March 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Why do I have an oboe lesson during spring break?