I was sitting near the front, and to me, it looked like the first violinists were nearly falling asleep sometimes. Ok maybe I’m stupid, but it seems like, if you’re playing a heartbreaking Brahms melody, your body language shouldn’t say “Just another day at the office….”

My apologies if I’m out of place here! Just a thought!

No, this isn’t about an orchestra I play in. It’s not even about one in California. It’s a comment from another professional orchestra’s blog, and it’s a good reminder; the audience is watching us. They want to believe we care. Sometimes we don’t look like we do. While I don’t believe we should have to smile while playing (yes, I was asked to do that once), and we are having to concentrate very hard so we might look awfully serious sometimes, if we look like we are snoozing something is wrong. Sometimes — dare I say this — we even have to become actors; there is music I really dislike (say, for instance, the Franck d minor), but when I’m performing it is my job to “sell” the work, no matter what I think about it.

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

Why do the musicians look so snooty – or was it just the oboe-ist?

15. May 2009 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: Quotes

The orchestration was stirring and thought-provoking… everything classical music should be.

15. May 2009 · Comments Off on A Summer Gig for OSJ Singers? · Categories: Links

London – A cattle farmer in Britain has engaged the services of an Italian opera singer to serenade his cows in the hope that they will produce more milk of a higher quality.

Perhaps some Opera San José singers who don’t have anything lined up can get in on this.

I read it here.

15. May 2009 · Comments Off on How Uncomfortable · Categories: News

The Illinois Times has an article about what appears to be a very dysfunctional and unhappy Illinois Symphony Orchestra. It makes for ugly and uncomfortable reading. What a sad sounding situation.

I’m so happy I love my jobs. I’m so happy that, even when things are sometimes stressful and we disagree, I strongly believe that everyone in the organizations to which I belong have the best of intentions.

15. May 2009 · 1 comment · Categories: Videos

… especially when you see a couple (married 62 years!) having fun at the piano.