28. January 2010 · Comments Off on & I Always Thought They Were “The King’s Singers” · Categories: Havin' Fun, Videos

… but apparently they are a train:

28. January 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

It was so good to get back together with my dear friends and colleagues yesterday, for our first rehearsal for the opera. (It was our sole “orchestra only” rehearsal.) Today we will meet up with one of the two casts. Normally everything is now held at the hall, so we are in the pit from the get-go, but yesterday and today we are at the Opera San José rehearsal space instead. I don’t like the place. I don’t like the noise and heating issues. It’s unattractive. And it’s not as close to my house! (Awww, poor me.)

BUT — and this is why I’m SO entirely happy to be there — we actually get to hear and see the singers up close and personal for the first siztprobe. So you’ll get no complaints from me!

Our second sitzprobe will be back in the usual performance space, so we won’t be seeing the other cast the same way. Such is life. I won’t complain then either, though, because I do like getting back into what feels like home. (And no fluorescent lighting, thank you very much! Those lights tend to make my head ache and the notes go a little “buzzy” … as in they seem to wiggle around on the page. Don’t ask me why. They just do.)

And let me end this post with a bit of music from the opera. As you will see, this is from the movie Shawshank Redemption:

28. January 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

7 cute college guys: flute, oboe, oboe, clarinet, timpani, trombone, trumpet

(Wow! Two of the cute guys play oboe?!)

28. January 2010 · Comments Off on Sir James Galway · Categories: Repair Quickly!, Videos

I had read this earlier, but hadn’t thought to put it up here until now:

“Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to you all.

As you can see form my photo, I ended 2009 with a bang! The take off was good but the landing needs improvement!

I managed to shatter my right elbow and provide two hairline fracturesin my left write and hand. after a very successful operation, I am now the proud owner of 5 screws!


The above, and and more, is from Sir James Galway. Can’t really play a flute with two broken arms. OUCH!

Not a sluggish tempo, to be sure, and one little oboe duo lick that is slurred in our part is tongued by the oboes.

Merola has launched their own website. While looking around I wondered if they have also cut back the season for this coming summer. Does anyone know? I thought they usually did two operas. I now only see one. I’m probably just confused.

I sometimes get the joy of working with the Merola gang. I love it! But then I love all things opera! (Which means I’m looking forward to getting back to the remainder of