05. April 2010 · Comments Off on Those Divine Divas! · Categories: Opera

You can read about divas and their sometimes questionable behavior. If you want to.

Then again, maybe you don’t want to know.

Having played for some stars who behaved questionably, you still won’t read about them here. Well, at least as long as they are alive. Possibly even after they aren’t on this dusty planet any longer. I do prefer to let you think what you wish. It’s just nicer, you know? But the stories in the article above are already out there, so there are no secrets there unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere.

05. April 2010 · Comments Off on Netherlands Wind Ensemble · Categories: Videos

Remember my April Fool’s blog?

Well … maybe it’s not so “April Fool’s” after all?


Magic Flute:

And I really want to see this in its entirety!:

But yes, they do some stuff seriously too:

05. April 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

I plan on selling and making more oboe reeds by the middle of this year!!! I am not sure how it will work, but it should work out once I have worked on my techniques….

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

I used to play the clarinet. I was working my up to the oboe. 🙂

05. April 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe

“Hard Hearted Harlot Women’s Oboe Heel”


I do wonder why “oboe” has appeared in so many things. Shoes. Headphones. A dress. And lots and lots of dogs.

I saw it here.

05. April 2010 · Comments Off on Home Again … · Categories: Ramble

Dan and I have been away this weekend, visiting our daughter and son-in-law in SoCal. For the life of me I can’t fathom how anyone can stand to live in Los Angeles. Coming and going on freeways there was horrendous. Kelsey and Mel live beyond that, so they aren’t in as much of the mess. It was a quick but very nice visit. I didn’t listen to a speck of music in the car; somehow when I’m in the car with Dan I’m not in the mood to do that, but when I drive that trek alone I rarely have the iPod touch off.

Speaking of “i” …

I had thought perhaps we’d look at the iPad while we were down there, since Saturday was the Big Day, but we didn’t manage to get to the Apple store. I’m not all that excited by the thing in any case. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we end up with iPhones at some point, but I just don’t know about the iPad. I’ve been told you can’t have more than one app opened at a time. I’m a multiple app person. And no camera? What’s with that? And, in any case, I have my MacBook Pro and isn’t that enough? I think so. (It’s certainly as much as I can afford!)

This week is a “get back to work … almost” week. I return to UCSC. Most of my private students are here. But still no rehearsals. Those begin next week, with Opera San José and La Rondine. (A new opera for us!) I really must get some better reeds going. That’s the Most Important Task (MIT™) for me right now.

Unless the reed fairy shows up.

I’ll continue to dream of that day …


05. April 2010 · Comments Off on SSV · Categories: Announcements, Symphony

The Symphony Silicon Valley season has been announced in the Merc so I can finally put the info here.

Straight from the article (which came out on April 3):

Here are details:

Sept. 30, Oct. 2-3: Cleve leads the season opener, featuring Schumann’s Symphony No. 1; Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of the Wayfarer)” with baritone soloist Eugene Brancoveanu, a former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Oct. 16-17: Gregory Vajda conducts a Hungarian-flavored program featuring 19-year-old violinist Lajos Sarkozi, already a veteran of Gypsy jazz bands in Prague and now starting to make the orchestral rounds. He will play Saraste’s “Gypsy Airs” and Ravel’s daunting “Tzigane.” Also on the program: works by Dohnanyi, Kodaly, Bartok and Brahms (three of his “Hungarian Dances”).

Dec. 4-5: Giampaolo Bisanti, a busy conductor in Italy on the big-city opera circuit, leads Symphony Silicon Valley in works by Rossini (Overture to “The Barber of Seville”), Mozart (Horn Concerto No. 2, featuring Meredith Brown, the orchestra’s principal horn, in her debut here as soloist), and Schubert (Symphony No. 3).

Jan. 15-16, 2011: Pianist Adam Golka, only 22 and winning critics’ praise around the United States and in Europe for the sensitivity and panache of his performances, makes his South Bay debut, playing Liszt’s “Totentanz.” The program, conducted by Paul Polivnick, also includes Wagner’s “Siegfried’s Idyll” and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances.”

March 24, 26-27, 2011: Vajda returns to lead the orchestra and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, directed by Elena Sharkova, in Brahms’ glorious “German Requiem.”

May 12, 14-15, 2011: The world premiere of jazz great D’Rivera’s “Cape Cod” Concerto for Clarinet, Piano and Orchestra, featuring soloists Jon Nakamatsu (piano) and Jon Manasse (clarinet). They are co-artistic directors of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, where just last summer they debuted the original duo version of the work, which paid homage to Benny Goodman, marking the 100th anniversary of his birth. D’Rivera has now expanded the work to full orchestra. Nakamatsu will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a war horse among war horses — and one Nakamatsu has never before played in the South Bay, his home turf. Leslie Dunner (also a clarinetist) conducts.

June 4-5, 2011: Kuan takes on Dorman’s “Spices,” with help from a couple of key soloists: Galen Lemmon (Symphony Silicon Valley’s principal percussionist) and Steve Hearn (assistant principal timpanist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra). Cabrillo mainstays, Lemmon and Hearn performed the exotic “Spices” at Cabrillo last summer, under Alsop’s direction. Now it’s time for Kuan. She also conducts Bizet’s “Carmen” Suite and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4.