31. July 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

[name here] starts to think classical songs are actually pretty nice to hear and that oboe really produces such a beautiful sound thanks to Nodame Cantabille :p

31. July 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

To be stood up there in front of a symphony orchestra, you know, it’s like that really does massage the ego somewhat.


(Putting this up again. Because.)

Call for Orchestral Players –

operamission is presenting Così fan tutte August 17-22.

A reading orchestra is being assembled for four sessions to jam through Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte with a spectacular cast of singers at New York’s Gershwin Hotel on 27th St & 5th Avenue.

Qualified players of the following instruments are invited to sign up:


Players may participate in any number of sessions. We will cover 30-40 minutes of music in each session.

Four hosts – a conductor (Jennifer Peterson), a stage director (Ned Canty), a dramaturg (Cori Ellison) and an Italian language master (Marco Nisticò) will lead the audience through the musical and dramaturgical assembly of the work.

Parts will be available in advance. Final seating & chair assignments are at the discretion of the conductor.

Four three-hour sessions

Act I, Part 1 – Tuesday, August 17, 7-10pm (7:30 downbeat)
Act I, Part 2 – Wednesday, August 18, 7-10pm (7:30 downbeat)
Act II, Part 1 – Friday, August 20, 7-10pm (7:30 downbeat)
Act II, Part 1 – Sunday, August 22, 4-7pm (4:30 downbeat)

To sign up, contact Jennifer Peterson at operamission in one of the following three ways:
email – operamission@gmail.com
twitter – http://twitter.com/operamission
website – leave a comment here at www.operamission.org

Facebook event ‘Così fan tutte: Some Assembly Required’ displays full details, but a facebook RSVP is unofficial if not confirmed via one of the above three media.


Wanna play?

Seriously … it’s Così! C’mon … you know you wanna! 😎

(Psst. Someone you know will be doing the 17th & 18th.)

Lovely announcement of the event

31. July 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

An oboe is like a bazooka. You better know how to handle one.

30. July 2010 · Comments Off on Noooo! · Categories: Ramble

When I was teaching last Saturday one student seemed to have reed issues. I rarely play on students’ reeds these days, but I wanted to see if it was the reed or him. So I said, “Are you healthy?” to which he replied, “Yes.” After checking the reed (it was fine), the young student started coughing. A lot. “Do you have a cold?” I asked. “No.”

Yeah. Right.

Last night I came down with a sore throat. Today I’m definitely not enjoying this runny nose.

Okay. This time I really mean it: I am not going to play on students’ reeds. I will determine “issues” by the crow, as I friend does. I can’t afford to get sick. And I do not like those throat ‘o mine. Sigh.

Tomorrow it’s a very long day of two opera rehearsals, both of which include overtime. I certainly hoep I’m feeling better by then!

30. July 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Oboe

The National Anthem. Played on oboe. Really.

Oh … but it was in 1996. So maybe she’s done it a lot. And maybe this isn’t a “first” at all. Still ….

Maybe I should be calling my San Francisco Giants up. Ya think?

Check out the picture of an English horn player. It’s a “coloring page” you can download. But who would want to have that picture? Yikes!

30. July 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

When Berlioz and Franck used the English Horn in their symphonies, the critics said it was vulgar because Haydn and Beethoven did not use an English Horn in their symphonies.

(I had never heard this before. Can anyone verify it for me?)

30. July 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

that trilobite didnt know the difference between an oboe and an elbow

30. July 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I could listen to good oboe concertos all day. Why aren’t oboes more popular?