22. October 2009 · Comments Off on Huh? · Categories: Huh?

Ah, typos!

Itkin said the Rossilini piece is famous among musicians for its incredibly difficult oboe part. It’s a must-have on every oboe audition, and it’s a piece that is only chosen if the company’s oboist is more than simply competent.

So guess the work! (It’s fairly easy, actually. I think any oboist who has seen the audition rep will know.)

22. October 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

im comming back from an oboe lesson i didnt have

22. October 2009 · Comments Off on How Do You Get (To Make Money) At Carnegie Hall? · Categories: Links

After you practice for years and get to Carnegie Hall, it’s almost better to move music stands than actually play the piano.

Depending on wattage, a star pianist can receive $20,000 a night at the 118-year-old hall, meaning he or she would have to perform at least 27 times to match the income of Dennis O’Connell, who oversees props at the New York concert hall.

O’Connell made $530,044 in salary and benefits during the fiscal year that ended in June 2008. The four other members of the full-time stage crew — two carpenters and two electricians — had an average income of $430,543 during the same period, according to Carnegie Hall’s tax return.

I read it here.

There’s also an article about L.A. Stage Hands.

Stage hands do work long hours, I’m sure, and I’m guessing the physical work is grueling. But wow.

There’s a concert tonight. 7:30 PM. Symphony Silicon Valley. Beethoven & Copland. Orchestra & Choir. Join us! 🙂

Ticket information is here.

22. October 2009 · Comments Off on Another Singer Injured · Categories: Links

I had written a while back about Joyce DiDonato’s injury and I wrote here and here about another mishap. These poor singers!

And now there’s this:

If Sondra Radvanovsky ever wanted to pull a demanding diva act, now would be the time.

The American soprano, in town to sing Elvira in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Verdi’s Ernani (opening Tuesday night) is trundling around with a five-pound cast on one leg and a broken toe on the other. The cast is for a ligament torn after struggling with a purse snatcher in San Francisco Oct. 3. The broken toe occurred three days later onstage at the San Francisco Opera where she was singing Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.


The hazards of singing I guess. Or something.

Do read the whole article. There’s a lot more to Sondra Radvanovsky’s story. Truly. And she is one incredible singer!