I just read this:

Nov. 14, Westminster Presbyterian Church: Featured soloists include Drew Cone, violinists Diana Sachs and Jacqueline Galluzzo — and saxophonist Salvatore Andolina and Paul Schlossman on English horn, playing Michael Touchi’s “Tango Barroco.”

I read it here. If you are anywhere near Buffalo, New York check it out and tell me all about it!

I’m so glad Mike’s work is getting played! It’s really a great piece. I was honored to get to play the premiere of the work, along with Bill Trimble and San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

Kudos, Mike!

I was quite the Cat Stevens fan “back in the day”, as my boyfriend (now husband) knows quite well. When he started singing again I was happy to hear that voice once more, although I think his earlier work was stronger than what he does now.

Just now a friend I’ve known since about 1974 put a video up on Facebook that she plays cello on (yep, ended that with a preposition. Too bad.). This song is by Cat Stevens. It’s a song I loved as a kiddo, and I continue to love it. I’m not “all classical, all the time”, and I’m more than happy to post non-classical music when I feel like it. And right now I feel like it! 🙂

Great job, Kris! I don’t know John Gawkowski, but great job to him as well.

26. October 2010 · Comments Off on Nicholas Daniel Plays Macmillan · Categories: Oboe, Videos

… sadly we only get to hear Mozart on this (although I love Mozart — don’t get me wrong! I was just hoping for the Macmillan).

I’ve heard that the James Macmillan work is incredibly difficult … wonder who will tackle it after Mr. Daniel. And you can bet I’ll keep checking his YouTube Channel to see if he gets to post it there. (Copyright law may not allow for it, though.)

Here’s Mr. Daniel in the second movement of the Mozart Oboe Concerto.

26. October 2010 · Comments Off on Scholarship Material? · Categories: Asked Online

How do you play fireflies by owl city on the oboe?

I know a little amount of people play the oboe I’m trying for a scholarship by playing the oboe.
If you know the notes to it on another instrument that are the same notes as oboe please tell me

Thank you

I really wonder what kind of scholarship this oboist is hoping for. Or is there some sort of scholarship given out by this group? IS this a group? Or is the group one guy only? Hmmm. Dunno. Guess I’m too old to know. And about that scholarship … maybe I’m just too old to understand that too.

Yep. Sometimes I feel rather old. (And now some readers are thinking to themselves, “Because you are!” while others are thinking, “Nope, not yet, you aren’t!” It’s all about the reader’s (reeder’s) age, yes?! 🙂

I’m curious what browsers you all are using to read this blog. I just opened Safari, Firefox and Chrome. It’s interesting to see the differences. Just wondering what everyone out there in the real world uses! No biggie …

26. October 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. I love music passionately. And because l love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is a free art gushing forth — an open-air art, boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea. It must never be shut in and become an academic art.

-Claude Debussy

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

This is a piece I wrote for french oboe and piano. Hope you enjoy.

There’s a wonderful article on Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in Opera News. Please do read it. If you never heard her live, at least get her recordings. When I hear her voice I am always brought to tears.

I’ve probably posted all of these before. They are worth posting again.

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

The Oboe over any other instrument!