27. September 2009 · Comments Off on Manon, Over & Out · Categories: Opera, Ramble, Symphony

The opera is over. Typical me; I’m now sort of sad and sorry it’s over. You sure wouldn’t have heard me say that this morning! I would have told you it was time to be done. Go figure.

I love working with my Opera San José pals, and I’ll miss them.

I did think this was a very good run. Maybe I’m hearing wrong, but I thought things went quite well. I enjoyed the singing I could hear (I can’t hear everything, due to where I’m sitting in the pit). I have been told it was visually great too (I can’t see anything at all). The oboe solos I had were the juicy sort that allow me to be expressive and take a bit of time. I hope I didn’t take TOO much time and that the conductors were okay with what I did. I was actually happy with my playing. (Don’t die of shock DK!) We rarely talk to our conductors, and I honestly never know what they think of my playing. I’m so insecure I worry that they aren’t happy. (But blogging here is like asking for compliments, as I know at least one conductor does occasionally read this blog. Ack! It’s a lose-lose situation, you know?)

So now I move on to a Chinese concert that takes place a week from today. And then? Then it’s lots of major English horn work with Symphony Silicon Valley. Gotta hunker down and make some reeds and practice, practice, practice!

27. September 2009 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Mozart: Rex Tremendae from the Requiem Mass in D minor

27. September 2009 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Mozart: Tuba Mirum from the Requiem Mass in D minor