29. January 2011 · Comments Off on Dame Margaret Price (13 April 1941 – 28 January 2011) · Categories: Losses

Sorry to report two in one day. I just read that the soprano died on Friday.

29. January 2011 · Comments Off on Milton Byron Babbitt (May 10, 1916 – January 29, 2011) · Categories: Losses

I just learned of composer Milton Babbitt’s death at Sequenza 21. I must confess I never played anything by him.

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

I can’t seem to get away from the oboe….yikes

29. January 2011 · Comments Off on Silas Elash · Categories: Opera

Over five years of working with Kingsley, Olstad and a longtime Metropolitan Opera hand named Charles Riecker, Elash started appearing in amateur opera productions. In local restaurants, Eryn, perched on a piano, would sing “La Vie en Rose,” and her father would bring down the house with “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” When Elash did that song, and arias by Verdi and Wagner, at a concert in Palm Springs, a retired Metropolitan Opera baritone named Norman Mittelmann was in the audience. Impressed, he called his friend Irene Dalis.

Elash auditioned for Opera San Jose in 2005, joined the chorus in 2006 and was appointed resident artist in 2008, going on to sing leading roles. Next season, he will sing the role of Mephistopheles in Gounod’s “Faust.” “And if I never sang another note, it would be OK,” he says. “I have had such amazing experiences. I’m telling you, you can’t pay for the moments I’ve had.”

The above is from this article. It’s a fun read! And hoorah for Silas! I look forward to hearing him sing Bartolo next week, when we begin our rehearsals for Barber of Seville.

29. January 2011 · Comments Off on Tonight! · Categories: Concert Announcements

I’m planning on attending this. Hope some of you are too!

2011Jan29 Flute and oboe recital flyer

Gee … how to post a pdf so you can see it without clicking on a link. Anyone know?

Here’s the info in case you don’t want to click on the link:


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!

29. January 2011 · Comments Off on Saturday Morning Cartoon! · Categories: Saturday Morning Cartoon

The Overture To William Tell with Wally Walrus

29. January 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

I think I’ve heard it all. A classical rendition of Pink Floyds “On the Turning Away” with an oboe as the lead instrument