18. June 2009 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

I am mad about music, especially dark classical music, always best for my health 🙂

18. June 2009 · Comments Off on I Can’t Even Imagine · Categories: Clarinet, Links

Stanley Drucker was still a teenager when he joined the New York Philharmonic as a clarinetist in 1948. More than 10,000 concerts later, Drucker is now the longest serving member in the renowned symphony’s 167-year history. Named Principal Clarinet by conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1960, Drucker holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career of any clarinetist. On July 31, Drucker, now 80, will make his final appearance with the Philharmonic in Vail, Colo. He spoke with TIME about his career, the future of classical music and the performances he’ll always remember.

How amazing is this? That is one LONG tenure! RTWT

Now it is true that my professional career began when I was 18. But I’m no New York Philharmonic musician. Not even close. Handling that sort of pressure, and the amount of playing, for sixty years is beyond my comprehension!

18. June 2009 · Comments Off on Musicians’ Quotes About Lorin Maazel · Categories: Links, Quotes

“Maestro Maazel has shaped and guided me as an artist and an oboist in a direction that I didn’t know existed. He has inspired me to be better every day. I am hoping to share those fruits with my colleagues in the New York Philharmonic for many years to come.”
— Liang Wang, Principal Oboe

“Speaking as a member of the woodwind section, I think Mr. Maazel has done more than any other conductor to improve the quality of our sound. We feel ‘safe’ when we play with him, as we always know exactly where to place the beat, and he always lets us feel that we can play with beauty and expression. When I hear the New York Philharmonic on the radio, I am overwhelmed by how lush and exciting it sounds.”
— Judith LeClair, Principal Bassoon


18. June 2009 · Comments Off on Scary Statement · Categories: News, Opera

“I don’t see how they could not close,” said Robert W. Wilson, a former City Opera chairman who now serves on the Metropolitan Opera board. “There is a slight chance that they can remain open, but where would the money come from?”

Mr. Wilson is talking about New York City Opera, and this article can’t possibly be helpful. Can it?

I wonder if the opera company will respond. I’ll be checking their blog for a while just to see if they have anything to say about this.