25. October 2010 · Comments Off on Double Reed Festival · Categories: Announcements, Double Reed Days and Festivals

(If you have a double reed day you want me to post, do let me know!)

KU School of Music presents the ninth annual Double Reed Festival


Media Contact:
Erin Curtis-Dierks
Communications Director
KU School of Music
edierks [at] ku [dot] edu

KU School of Music presents the ninth annual Double Reed Festival
The ninth annual KU Double Reed Festival will be held on October 30-31 at the University of Kansas, Swarthout Recital Hall. This event is presented in collaboration with the Midwest Double Reed Society.

The officers and executive members of the Double Reed Society include artists Nora Lewis, Susan Maxwell, Rod Ackmann and Celeste Johnson, as well as KU faculty members Margaret Marco and Eric Stomberg. These artists will offer classes, reed clinics and a gala recital of double reed favorites.

The festival is free for MDRS members, $25 for non-members, $15 for student non-members and senior citizens. For a schedule of events or questions contact Margaret Marco, KU associate professor of oboe at mmarco [at] ku [dot] edu, or Eric Stomberg, KU associate professor of bassoon at stomberg@ku.edu, or visit www.mdrs.org .

25. October 2010 · Comments Off on Heal Quickly, Dear Irene! · Categories: Repair Quickly!

The 85-year-old founder of Opera of San Jose is recovering at the hospital after being involved in a car accident Friday, the opera’s publicist said today.
Irene Dalis, whose birthday party with nearly 250 guests on Oct. 15 was chronicled in the Mercury News, suffered a broken leg, but is “still feisty as ever,” said Virginia Perry, the opera’s director of marketing and development. “She’s giving out directives and telling people not to send flowers or condolences, but send donations to the opera instead.”

… and isn’t that just like Miss Dalis?! I knew she’d suggest donations! (I even told a friend that very thing.)

I had received this news yesterday, but didn’t feel it appropriate to post it on my blog. Now that it’s in the Mercury News, though, I figure it’s out there for the world to see in any case.

Why does middle C played on an oboe sound different from middle C played on a piano?

I don’t think the questioner was asking about pitch. I think he/she was asking about timbre. The only person who has answered so far is assuming this is an intonation question.

But a middle C on an oboe sounds different than a middle C on flute and both sound different than a middle C on piano. Just as notes all sound different on different instruments and with different voices. My voice is low. When I sing anything above about an A-440 I sound like I’m really reaching. The high F on an oboe sounds … well … high! That same high F sounds like your average flute note. If a tuba could play that high, it would sound incredibly, unbelievably high. It’s about timbre, if you ask me.

[tam-ber, tim-; Fr. tan-bruh]
Acoustics, Phonetics . the characteristic quality of a sound, independent of pitch and loudness, from which its source or manner of production can be inferred. Timbre depends on the relative strengths of the components of different frequencies, which are determined by resonance.
Music . the characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice; tone color.

Or is it? Thoughts?

Any of you adventurous sorts want to go to answer the original question?

25. October 2010 · Comments Off on Oboe Outside My Little World · Categories: Oboe Outside, OutsideMyWorld™

I love hearing oboe when I find it outside of my little classical world. So I think I’ll share things when I find ’em. I’ll tag ’em “Oboe Outside” just because I can come up with nothing clever at the moment.

I thought this was very sweet:

All parts composed & performed by Kristin Sedivec
Music & lyrics copyright of Kristin Sedivec, 2005

I’m going to guess I won’t find much out there in videoland. If any of you have videos to share, do let me know!

25. October 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

why did my sister pick the Oboe of all instruments

25. October 2010 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

I haven’t played this work in an awfully long time, but I know i’ve done it three times in the past. It’s one of those solos I love to play! Some solos just sit so darn well with the English horn that, as long as a good reed is at hand, I don’t really get nervous. I just enjoy. This is one of those.

I’ve not seen a guitar played this way before … have you?

Here’s another of just the guitarist:

25. October 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Baseball, Quotes

A new first for me–had to hold curtain 7 minutes until the Giants finally won because the whole audience was watching the score on their cell phones. LOL But what a night–Giants in the World Series and Frank Sinatra Junior on my stage! 🙂

-Randy Bobst-Mckay

25. October 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Somebody is playing the oboe. Nice it is.