24. March 2010 · Comments Off on More On Applause · Categories: Applause, Reviews

We also had those who had little concept of audience behavior by clapping between movements, and even clapping while a movement was in progress. Concerts (and concertos) require careful teamwork and skill, but it ain’t a football game. Wait until after the (concerted) touchdown to applaud, please.

This is from David Lowry, in his review of a concert that included an oboist who won a concerto competition (thus, the reason I located the article). The orchestra being reviewed is the “USC Orchestra”. Since I’m from California I first thought he was writing about University of Southern California. Not so. He is referring to University of South Carolina.

So, once again, someone is reprimanding the audience for applauding at the inappropriate times. I guess this practice that some stick to and some want to dismiss will always cause problems, yes? (Read my earlier post here.)

Here’s the section that reviews the oboist:

Melanie Pozdol elected to perform Eugene Goossens’ Concerto, op. 45. Goossens, an English composer of the 20th century. Collaborating with her was conductor Ya-Hui Cheng. This concerto is in one movement with some intensely interesting writing and brilliant orchestration. Soloist, orchestra and conductor all excelled with the preparation and interpretation of this work. For the oboist, the work is indeed formidable in the amount of control and virtuosity it demands. Melanie matched the requirements and turned in a rewarding performance. Again, she has the ear, the musicianship and the stamina to be a fine member of the rare world of double reeds.

24. March 2010 · 5 comments · Categories: Links, News

A friend and I were talking about what we do. We aren’t saving the world. We aren’t feeding the hungry. We aren’t helping the poor. The poor, in fact, can’t afford tickets to come hear what we do. I suggested that while we could quit out of guilt, or go play at a soup kitchen, the more well off deserve to be blessed as well (and I do hope that our music blesses them in some way).

But now I read this:

The homeless who line up for meals from the Our Daily Bread service center in the shadow of the Jones Falls Expressway might receive something in addition to the physical nourishment one Sunday in May. If current plans pan out, they’ll hear classical music performed live underneath the overpass by the Be Orchestra, a volunteer group of Peabody Conservatory students.

This new ensemble – the title comes from its declared mission to “be involved, be a part” – is the latest manifestation of an activist spirit that seems to have taken deep hold at the school during the past six years or so. Among recent student-initiated projects launched are Creative Access Music Outreach, which takes volunteer musicians into the community; and Junior Bach, with Peabody composition majors helping middle-school boys write music.

“A lot of this activity is coming up from the grass roots,” says Peabody director Jeffrey Sharkey. “It’s not necessarily being imposed on students. And I think it is a big trend, globally. More musicians than ever before are realizing that it’s not just about who can get into an orchestra. It’s about doing more than just playing an instrument.”

I did puzzle over the quote “It’s not necessarily being imposed on students.” … um … that necessarily makes it seem as if it sometimes IS imposed on them, you know? But anyway, I like the article, and I commend these students.

I read it here.

24. March 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

Please listen to some of my music at facebook under my created group called Classical Music.

There is a picture of me sitting on my baby grand piano…. Thanks!

24. March 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Whoa! I think I could be an oboe teacher! Teaching little kids helped of realize!

(I’m assuming the “of” was to be “me”. Being a Queen of Typos, I understand how these things happen.)

24. March 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

A note perfect, literal performance does not necessarily mean it is musically well parsed or that it draws you in with style.

I read it here, at The Buzzing Reed.

24. March 2010 · Comments Off on San Francisco Symphony Contest · Categories: San Francisco Symphony

Thank you, San Francisco Symphony for this information:

Why do you want to hear Duncan Sheik perform with the San Francisco Symphony?

Come up with the most compelling, interesting, entertaining answer – in writing, music, video, or any other way you want to tell us your story – and you and a guest could be the lucky winners to see Duncan Sheik live with the San Francisco Symphony Saturday, April 10! Plus, you’ll get an autographed Whisper House CD and you and a guest will get to meet Duncan Sheik after the show!

If you’re a member of San Francisco Symphony’s community you can enter.

I’m not going to enter. But I know what I would have written if I had decided to enter (and I know it wouldn’t get me a win, but still….)

So, wanna see what I would have written? Here goes:


That’s right. I’ve never heard of the guy. Seems like that should be a good reason to get me in the house, you know?

But like I said, I’m not going to enter. I’m not usually one for contests. Which probably explains why I never win ’em. 🙂