30. August 2010 · Comments Off on Does This Bug You? · Categories: Read Online

Together with the flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, and contrabassoon, it covers the position of the bass and tenor instrument of the orchestra.

Maybe it’s just me, but the way I’m reading this it seems as if all the instruments are covering “the position of the bass and tenor instrument of the orchestra”. But I have been known to read this incorrectly, so there’s that ….

And if they are including English horn and contrabassoon, why aren’t they including piccolo and bass clarinet (and other clarinets, for that matter!).

I read it online. I’ll leave out a link; don’t want to be embarrassing anyone.

30. August 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

just discovered that the character Dr. Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy played oboe in high school! And Patrick Dempsey’s character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, played sax!

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

Vivaldi, Bach, baroque music in general puts me in a very calm, but still alert place. And it’s truly classical, not just orchestral.

30. August 2010 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Pleasure · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Francois Leleux plays Astor Piazzolla’s ”Oblivion”

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

I was a proud band geek too!!I played clarinet in the marching band, oboe and bassoon in concert band. Those were the best times

30. August 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Fun, Videos

30. August 2010 · Comments Off on Detroit Symphony Orchestra · Categories: News, Symphony

I haven’t blogged about the DSO … or if I have it’s been a while back … but they are dealing with some major problems. Yesterday I read this:

Management has presented two proposals to cover the next three years. Proposal A called for a cut in base salary of about 28 percent for the first year (from $104,650 to $74,880), according to reports in The Detroit News, with modest increases for the second and third, along with other concessions. Proposal B called for a 33 percent cut in the first year for current players (to $70,200) and a base starting salary of $63,000 for new members. The players have made a counterproposal offering a 22 percent cut in the first year (to $82,000) but with larger increases in the second and third.

No further talks are scheduled. “We are disappointed with this outcome and are considering next steps,” the orchestra said in a statement, while noting that “as a matter of law, no action can be taken until Sept. 24.”

The players, in a news release on their Web site, amplified slightly: “As a result of management’s failure to file notices required by the National Labor Relations Act, the D.S.O. will now be required to continue the terms and conditions of the expired contract at least until Sept. 23.”


Sure doesn’t sound like good news.