09. February 2011 · Comments Off on This In From Operamission! · Categories: Concert Announcements

Please consider yourself invited to my next operamission event which takes place this Friday and next – February 11 and 18, 2011, 8pm at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City, 7 E. 27th Street, just east of 5th Avenue.

kurt weill uncovered: in cabaret

I’ve asked two incredible artists to collaborate with me in creating a program unlike any other. The ‘operamission’ of bringing the art ‘from the composer to the audience’ will be in the form of an in-depth chronological exposé of composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950).

Soprano Marcy Richardson and baritone Ian Greenlaw have done some amazing work digging deeply and passionately into this repertoire with me. We are extremely excited to be bringing to musical life KW’s chronology in this very original way.

We are going for authenticity and directness. In order to present a full portrayal of all of KW’s styles, trials, and takes on love and politics, we’ve invited a glorious team of ‘guests’ to pop in and flesh out KW’s brilliant output of vocal works.

Please visit http://operamission.org/ for the complete list of ‘guests’ and their selections.

Whether you’re a hardcore Weill fan or not, we are promising a wonderfully varied and relaxed evening of super classy entertainment.

Come early to claim a seat, tickets are only $10, available at the door, and the cafe (Birch Coffee) off the lobby has delicious wine, beer, coffee, and even some light dinner options.

If you’re not in New York:

• Send your friends.

• Watch the live video stream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kurt-weill-uncovered – 8pm EST 2/11 & 18, a 2-hour show, we’ll go live at about 7:45.

We love you, KW.

– Jennifer

I’d sure be there if I could!

09. February 2011 · Comments Off on Swingin’ Reeds! · Categories: Fun, Videos

What fun — scroll in to about 2:25 unless you want to watch them set up and all — but if you speak German maybe you’ll want to hear the intro, where the heckelphone is introduced!

Jazzy Ideas for 5 oboes, 2 English horns, heckelphone, 2 bassoons and piano.
Composer: Augustin Lehfuss

09. February 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

why, the night before I go to record, have I suddenly forgotten how to play the fast passage in the grand study? I wanted to turn my oboe into a javelin….

Here’s the info from the YouTube page:

Piper Zhongxi Wu and Sgt. Piper David All of the Delta Police Pipe Band performed a duet at the Pipe Band’s recent Celtic Gala. The audience went wild with enthusiasm for their performance. Zhongxi and his wife, Karen are experienced and talented musicians, both having appeared in concerts in the Chinese community. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the suona and the bagpipes have been teamed together. Another first for the Delta Police Pipe Band. Visit our website at www.deltapolicepipeband.com.

09. February 2011 · 7 comments · Categories: TQOD

My sis cant really see the diff between oboe and clarinet.

09. February 2011 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Opera

Rossini, Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum on clarinets