I played second oboe to Roger’s principal for one season when I was in Midsummer Mozart. I resigned at the end of that season, and he later moved to Nashville. Working with Roger was a joy! I was having a rough year, and he helped me keep it together. I haven’t seen Roger since he moved, but I occasionally see news about him. I just ran across this:

Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 21-23 — Penderecki Comes to Nashville, SunTrust Classical Series, 7 p.m. Jan. 21 and 8 p.m. Jan 22-23. Krzysztof Penderecki will conduct the Nashville Symphony. Barry Douglas, piano, Roger Wiesmeyer, English horn, will also be featured.

Ever since his emergence in the early 1960s, the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki has remained one of classical music’s most important and most talked-about figures. Bold, resonant and deeply personal, his music has embraced an array of styles, from the expressive Romanticism of Richard Strauss to the bracing, energetic sounds of postwar modernism. He makes a rare visit to Nashville to conduct a specially chosen program that includes his Concerto for Piano “Resurrection,” a gripping, moving response to the events of 9/11.

Roger will be featured in the Adagietto from Paradise Lost for English Horn and String Orchestra by Penderecki. Hmmm. Haven’t heard this work. Now I’ll have to find it!

You can see the concert information here. If you’re somewhere near Nashville check it out, and then report back here. Please.


  1. Roger was my first teacher @ UCSC!

  2. I do seem to recall hearing that, Sara! Let’s see … Roger … Peter (?) … Jason … me … is that the order? 🙂

    Was Roger as fun a teacher as he was colleague?

  3. Delmar Williams

    I heard Roger play and it was excellent!!!

    Send me an email and I’ll send you a picture of him that I took after the performance.