13. January 2011 · Comments Off on Apples & Oranges? · Categories: Read Online

Sioux City is one of the few communities that can point to two professional orchestras, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Sioux City Rockestra. On the one hand, that’s a great situation to have. On the other, it means both musical groups need to compete for that recreational dollar more creatively than in the past.

I’m just not sure … is comparing a rockestra and an orchestra like comparing two fruits, or like comparing two things that are so very different it’s hard to really connect them? I don’t know! I mean … both involve music. Both are using strings (although I can’t really hear the strings for the most part). But really … are these even competing? I can’t find a video of the orchestra, but here’s the rockestra:

the article says that 40 to 60 year olds are the rockestras audience, for the most part. Thoughts?

13. January 2011 · Comments Off on I’m A Sucker For Stuff Like This! · Categories: Videos

“The Musician’s Base Station”

Yeah, I could easily fall for something like this, except that it costs $169.00. I just love things that look like they’d keep me organized. And gee, I could practice right in front of the TV. Or in the kitchen. Or on the floor.

Okay. I’ll stop now.

I don’t own the recording but I found a few clips. I’ll leave it to listeners to decide whether this works or not. (Feel free to comment.)



When the team checked the nerve responses to different tones, the tinnitus had disappeared in rats exposed to the tones and nerve stimulation, but it persisted in a group of control animals.
“Unlike previous treatments, we’re not masking the tinnitus. We are eliminating the source of the tinnitus,” Michael Kilgard of the University of Texas-Dallas, who worked on the study, said in a statement.
MicroTransponder is developing a wireless medical device to stimulate the vagus nerve and hopes to test it in people later this year.

I’d gladly be their guinea pig.


13. January 2011 · 11 comments · Categories: FBQD

Why would anyone want to be an oboe player?

13. January 2011 · Comments Off on I Can’t Attend … · Categories: Concert Announcements

… as I have a symphony concert to play, but perhaps some of you can?

On the horizon looms a genuine harbinger of hope as a group of the Bay Area’s advantaged young people band together to raise funds to benefit those less fortunate. Now that’s a way to pour sunshine into the gray-skied new year.
The event is the second annual Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival, a BAYOF Hope Concert featuring 575 young musicians from six Bay Area youth orchestras. These altruistic young folks, all of whom have had the benefits of owning musical instruments and receiving lessons, will assemble at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco, to use their musical talents to benefit disadvantaged peers. Homeless youth, as well as representatives from a number of charitable organizations devoted to helping them, will be honored guests.
Participating youth orchestras are the California Youth Symphony, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra of Berkeley.


13. January 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Went to ATL symphony last night. Fell in love with the oboe soloist.