01. November 2010 · Comments Off on Willow Ensemble · Categories: Concert Announcements

From my brother, with a couple of things altered (noted with ** and a comment) just to save him from spam emails and odd phone calls:

Chamber Music Fans –

The upcoming Willow Ensemble concerts are nearly here! Would you like to attend? Want to pay a mere $15/per ticket? There are two ways to get the lower price:

1) Reply to this email [** well, not really … email ME and I’ll send you his email address], indicating which concert you want to attend and how many tickets you need. We’ll put your name on a list and you’ll get the lower price at the door on the day of the concert. (Note: No credit cards; cash only).

2) Call [** # removed … contact me and I’ll supply it!] and leave a message indicating which concert you want to attend and how many tickets you need. Your name will be on a list and you’ll get the lower price at the door. (No credit cards; cash only).

Tell your friends!

Concert Info:

Time: 8PM
Dates: November 12 & 13
Place: Grace Church Chantry at 10th and Broadway

Program Details:

Mozart: Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte (arr. for Woodwind Quintet)
Brahms: Trio in E-flat for Horn, Violin, and Piano
Beethoven: Rondino for Woodwind Quintet
Mozart: Quintet in A for Clarinet and Strings


Timothy Emerson
Artistic Director, Willow Ensemble

01. November 2010 · Comments Off on “I Read A Book About This … · Categories: Ramble

… so I know it’s true.”

Someone from another country recently told me something about my business in my country because he read all of one book on the subject. One person’s story. And he was telling me that throughout the United States this was how our business was run.

I just want to say that one book doesn’t make for the “All of It”. One person’s story is one person’s story. Take it as that. If you really want to know about this wacky biz I am in you need to read much more. And talk to people. Really now.

If I told you that I bribed someone for my position (I didn’t!) would you then decide that everyone bribes someone for their position? What if I told you, “Well, okay, three of us bribed someone for our positions.” Does that mean that every musician has gotten the position via bribing?

I’m dismayed. It bothers me when someone takes one story and turns it into the standard. Sigh.

Okay. Rant over.

And REALLY, I never bribed anyone for my positions. 😎

Antonio Calogero, Acoustic Guitar
Paul McCandless, Oboe

Listen while this is still there. (I have no idea how long these things stay available online.)

Here she is playing the adagio and allegro from the Gran Partita by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged for piano, strings and oboe:

01. November 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Thankfully I have played both Bassoon and Oboe which aids in English Horn playing

01. November 2010 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

Felix Mendelssohn Konzertstück Nr.1 op.113 Ensemble Berlin
Christoph Hartmann – Oboe, Mor Biron – Fagott, Philipp Bohnen – Violine, Luiz Coelho – Violine, Martin von der Nahmer – Viola, Clemens Weigel – Cello, Ulrich Wolff – Kontrabaß

(I’m not sure why this is so out of focus … oh well! It’s the playing that counts, right?)

01. November 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I love the sound of an orchestra tuning to an oboe’s A.

01. November 2010 · Comments Off on Back In The News · Categories: News

Seems to me this is just a repeat of some stinky news … I already blogged about it.

CLASSICAL music’s ability to stir the soul and lift the spirit is undisputed. But its ability to break down sewage is only just coming to light.

A German company is trialling a sound system that replicates the vibrations and sounds of the concert hall which, when combined with oxygen, helps break down sewage. Sydney Water is monitoring the trial.

The process being tested involves a stereo sound system developed by a private company, Mundus. It claims the sound waves of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, together with oxygen, boost the activity of micro-organisms in breaking down biosolids.

”Mozart managed to transpose universal laws of nature into his music,” a founder of the company, Anton Stucki, has been reported as saying.

”It has an effect on people of every age and every cultural background. So why not microbes? After all, they are living things just like us.”


I continue to believe Mozart would get a kick out of this.