05. February 2010 · Comments Off on Knit Pick? · Categories: Links, Ramble

Anyone want to answer this blogger?:

As soon as the three string players – a violinist, a violist and a cellist – started playing, one woman in the front row and another in the second row start to knit.

Maybe there were other knitters behind me, but I couldn’t see them.

Sure, the knitters were quiet. No loud click-clicking of needles or turning book pages to follow a pattern.

And true, the atmosphere at the musicales is more casual and relaxed than at a full-length evening concert.


Does anyone else find it just rude and unacceptable to knit during a live musical performance?

RTWT … and read answers already there.

Now, I have to add this bit for you: When I was younger, I actually brought my counted cross stitch projects to the pit with me and during ballets and musical theater productions (never operas) I’d work on my project during tacets or dialogue. Really.

What was I thinking?!

Or … as I just said to Dan:

WAS I thinking?!


On Tuesday night at Strathmore, the BSO held the first part of a two-night event called “Rusty Musicians With the BSO,” created by Music Director Marin Alsop as a way for the BSO to celebrate Strathmore’s fifth anniversary season. Anybody older than 25 who played an orchestral instrument and could read music could have a chance to perform serious orchestral repertory with the BSO players. It’s a rare chance: Among American orchestras, only the Pittsburgh Symphony has tried anything similar.

I kind of like this idea. Of course it could also a challenge. But still … it might get more people into the hall … both on stage and in the audience! And I do think it’s great for those of us who are on stage to actually connect with those who aren’t. This gets us a wee bit closer, yes? And in our comfort zone. (I’m horrible about those parties after; I am not good at mingling, and I’m too tired to be terribly good at conversation in any case.) I read it here.

05. February 2010 · Comments Off on It’s not Marriage Of Figaro but … · Categories: Videos

It’s Mozart!

I was recently grumbling about what I’m sure will win the best film for the Academy Awards. It was an entertaining movie. It was cool. It made me nearly believe these CGI things were real. It was a spectacle, really. But there wasn’t a whole heck of a lot of plot (and what was there was rather preachy) and there wasn’t any acting to speak of. Still, It’ll probably win. Because it sells tons of tickets. And people rave about it. I was grumbling about this to Dan. (I can grumble about things other than reeds … how ’bout that?)

Then I had the Grammys on — for oh-so-short of a time since they aren’t my cuppa — and started to see tweets about the winners.

Oh. Yeah. It’s only an awards show. Which means it’s sort of a popularity show.

Guess I needed that reminder.

One classically trained musician was ragging on a singer who won best album of the year. She complained about intonation. Style. All the rest of the stuff we classically trained folks tend to harp on. And mentioned that if the player had been an out of tune bassoonist she’d never have won.

Awards shows are awards shows. We are doing what we do not to become popular. Or at least I am. If I wanted to be popular I’d have done something other than oboe (and I’d have had to have surgery on my body and face eons ago, taken courses in posture, been taught to present myself better, and gotten a mighty good publicist who could do magic). I think we all tend to get a bit huffy about these shows (myself included), and forget that they aren’t always all about reality or who is truly the best musician.

Until they nominate and vote me as winner. Then we’ll know we’ve finally reached the truth.

Or not.

In Other News

I made it through the week! Yesterday was rough. The Santa Cruz day job exhausted me, and a 3 hour 15 minute opera rehearsal at night meant I arrived home around 11:00 PM. I did end up having to cancel — at nearly the last minute — a student between the two jobs because I wasn’t going to make it back from Santa Cruz in time to teach him (rain = traffic). I rescheduled him for today, but other than that one hour I’m enjoying a day off. And I’m still in my robe & pjs. So there.

05. February 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

the oboist on jeopardy won, woohoo! oboe players of the world unite!

(This was from last week, of course … my “Twitter Quotes of the Day” come up somewhat randomly.)