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

I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but yesterday I finally took the plunge. I rented an oboe and signed up for lessons. Double reed…

22. July 2010 · Comments Off on Midsummer Mozart in San Jose Tonight! · Categories: Concert Announcements

If all goes as planned I’ll be there (to listen, not play)! I am sorry to say I’ve not been to concerts since my time with the group eons ago. When I think of all the Mozart I learned there it just amazes me. Maestro George Cleve is absolutely incredible with Mozart. Do consider attending!

Program II

Ballet Music for “Idomeneo”, K. 367

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Seymour Lipkin, pianist

Two Concert Arias for Bass:
“Alcandro, lo confesso”, K. 512
“Mentre ti lascio”, K. 513
Jeremy Galyon, basso

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503
Seymour Lipkin, pianist

JULY 22 – 8:00PM – California Theatre, San Jose

… and other options:
JULY 23 – 8:00PM – San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall,San Francisco
JULY 24 – 6:30PM – Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma (outdoors)
JULY 25 – 7:00PM – First Congregational Church, Berkeley


22. July 2010 · Comments Off on I Don’t Speak French … · Categories: Opera

and I’m not male. And I don’t have a large, bulky figure with a chest size between 42-46″.

But hey, I play a French oboe. And a French English horn, too. Does that count for anything.

The San Francisco Opera is auditioning performers for the French-speaking role of MONTFLEURY in its upcoming production of Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Directed by Petrika Ionesco and sung in French with English supertitles.

This is a non-singing role and will be fitted with an AGMA contract. Actors should be between the heights of 5’8” and 5’11” and have a large, bulky figure with a chest size between 42-46”. In addition to being able to deliver French dialogue, strong movement ability is essential.

Interested candidates should contact directly for more information about auditioning and attach headshot/resume to email. No phonecalls please.

I read it here.

22. July 2010 · Comments Off on Baseball · Categories: Baseball, Videos

I watch a lot of baseball. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve “wasted” watching “my” Giants. A lot of musicians seem to enjoy baseball. I’m not sure why.

But don’t you think we should be able to call “Time out” like those batters. I mean … there’s Posey, up at bat. He’s in the box. The pitcher is about to pitch. And he’s calling “Time out!” and the ump lets him and then he can step out of the box for a moment to collect himself.

I just think, before some solos, I’d like a little time out before I play.

Just a thought ….

22. July 2010 · Comments Off on Target Summer Pops w. Symphony Silicon Valley · Categories: Concert Announcements, Free!

I can’t be there — I could have done this weekend, but Sunday’s date conflicted with Merola and some of the others didn’t call for me — but if you are in San Jose and looking for something free to do, try the Symphony Silicon Valley concerts!

Read about it here … or just read below since I’m doin’ the cut & paste thing:


JULY 24 – AUGUST 1, 2010

Warm summer evenings, picnics on the grass and the music we all hum to ourselves–the Symphony’s sizzling summer festival of music returns to the green at San Jose State University — 100% free through the generosity of Target. Enjoy the music of summer!

Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), Christina Andreas (Broadway star), Spanish Harlem Orchestra (kings of Salsa) & sports columnist Mark Purdy join the Symphony for star turns. Big Band, Latin, Broadway, Americana and a concert especially for kids are all part of the line-up. San Jose Mercury News & KDFC, Media Sponsors

American All Stars:

  • Saturday July 24, 7:00 pm–Featuring Jon Nakamatsu playing Rhapsody In Blue
  • Target Family Concert: Sunday July 25, 5:30 pm–With Mark Purdy narrating Casey At The Bat
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Friday July 30, 7:00 pm–The Grammy-winning kings of Salsa in concert
  • Here’s To The Ladies: Saturday July 31, 7:00 pm–Christine Andreas’ tribute to divas of Broadway
  • Your Hit Parade: Sunday August 1, 5:30 pm–The big band hits of the 30’s & 40’s
22. July 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

If you are wondering, I play the piano, various percussion, trumpet, oboe, flute, harp, and I sing.

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

Plan for tomorrow: True my Bike wheel, take apart project oboe, make oboe reeds, mix a song, and practice…..yeah….right