07. May 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

scooby doo theme feels much too fast for oboe. just sayin

07. May 2009 · Comments Off on Baltimore Symphony · Categories: Links

In today’s economic climate, it’s become almost routine for orchestras and opera companies to cut staff and budgets. But it’s far from routine for an orchestra’s musicians to volunteer a cut of their own accord. Yesterday, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced that its players had unanimously agreed to forgo wage and pension rate increases and other promised elements of their 2009-10 contract packages, taking an 8 percent cut to make what amounts to a $1 million donation to the orchestra.

This is the new age we live in. We all would rather continue to work and make compromises. twenty years ago it wasn’t quite like that. Go figure.

But the interesting thing about this particular story is that the musicians did this before being asked to. Or so we are told. How ’bout that?!

Our first concert for SSV is tonight. More information is found here. I do like the program, which I’ve mentioned before: Shostakovich Symphony #9, Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1 with Jon Kimura Parker, and Beethoven Symphony #4. The conductor for this set is Gregory Vajda, resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony.

Fairfax Symphony Music Director Finalist-Gregory Vajda Video:

Here’s Jon Kimura Parker not talking about the Shostakovich Piano Concerto (sorry, couldn’t find that):

I think, though, that we should do a humorous concert with this guy sometime. He obviously has a sense of humor (these are ads for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival):