10. January 2011 · Comments Off on Hey … I need reeds! · Categories: Oboe, Read Online

“If they need reeds, I can can provide ’em,” he says. “And I’d be happy to do it.”

-Frank Rosenwein, principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra

Okay … so he’s not talking about making any for little old me. Mr Rosenswein actually donated a Lorée to a program called “Tune Up Philly”, and it appears he’ll also make reeds for the students. Wow! I am quite moved by his generosity! (Of course no one would want MY reeds!)


10. January 2011 · Comments Off on The Cat’s Opera’s Out Of The Bag · Categories: Opera

… actually more than one! Opera Tattler reveals our operas for next season, which means I may as well do the same:

September 10-25 2011: Idomeneo
November 12-27 2011: Pagliacci and La voix humaine
February 11-26 2012: La traviata
April 21- May 6 2012: Faust

So there you have it! I’ve known about this for quite a while, but until it’s gone public I always assume I should keep my mouth shut.

Special Press Conference
and Media Event

Join Dallas Leaders including

for a major announcement impacting
the future of the Dallas Symphony
and the City of Dallas

reception immediately following

Boy … sure makes me want to attend. Anyone want to fly me there? 😎

And anyone know what this is about?

10. January 2011 · Comments Off on Oboe Outside My Little World · Categories: Oboe Outside, OutsideMyWorld™

More from Keve (if you recall, I posted a video with her last week:

And so the Dudamel/LA Phil concert happened. And I didn’t go. I probably should have checked it out, so shame on me. Did any readers attend? If so, fill me in!

Remember when I blogged about NPR’s sort of negative little blurb? Well, now they have posted reactions to the event. Check it out! They even quoted someone I connect with via Twitter and his blog, Grant Charles Chaput.

10. January 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

*big sigh** I’m looking to buy an oboe… I’m short a couple thousand bucks -_- SO, I’ve turned to ebay… I will find it yetttt! I want a Selmer. Yamaha’s nice too(: lol

If I owned these and wore them would I be a better reed maker?

Or just a better nerd?

10. January 2011 · Comments Off on Don’t Tell Me You Can’t Afford This! · Categories: Concert Announcements

… because it’s FREE.

I have such a difficult time getting students to attend concerts. Some even admit, “I like to play, but I don’t want to listen!” Listening is a way to learn and grow and … truly! … ENJOY! So get to this concert if you are in the area.


Saturday, January 29 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location Palo Alto Arts Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto

Tomiko Tsai, flute
Adrienne Malley, oboe
Miles Graber, piano

On the Program:
Dring: Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano
Dutilleux: Oboe Sonata
Feld: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Gaubert: Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando
Godard: Legende Pastorale
Moscheles: Concerto for Flute and Oboe

Free Admission!

10. January 2011 · 5 comments · Categories: TQOD

I know one album (Etarlis by Mermaid Kiss) with what sounds like cello, but is actually oboe, which is credited.

10. January 2011 · Comments Off on The Top Ten · Categories: Read Online

So if you were to try to compile a list of the 10 greatest composers in history, how would you go about it? For me the resulting list would not be the point. But the process of coming up with such a list might be clarifying and instructive, as well as exasperating and fun.

Anthony Tommasini asks the question. He helps out a bit by focusing on Western classical music, omitting anything prior to late Baroque and living composers.

Me? Man, this is a toughie. Bach, Mozart & Beethoven are musts. But who else will I have? I’m gonna think on this.

He agrees with Bach: