… mainly upbeat review!

I thought the music was OUTSTANDING, and congratulations go out to conductor Bryan Nies and the rest of the orchestra. I went straight home and downloaded every piece of music from the opera I could find. And, okay, I also watched Bugs Bunny again as well.

Even after an entire year of unexpectedly enjoying the opera, I never thought I would say this, but for a really fun evening out, go see The Barber of Seville. I even recommend taking your family, your entire family, and that includes the young ones.

This is from the “Opera Novice” and you can read the entire thing here.

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Carlisle Floyd: Ain’t It A Pretty Night

Charpentier: Depuis le jour

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Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen for 2 oboes and piano, arr. by Jeremy DeLuca
Oboes: Nicole Neidlinger & Kate Olsen

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Musicians must acknowledge that deficits are not sustainable; we cannot spend more than we take in. But managers and boards must acknowledge that revenue can grow over time and we must not necessarily view short-term cuts as a long-term solution.

Every orchestra must find its own equilibrium; there is no one size that will fit all. But I maintain that those symphonies that create important, exciting work — and market it well — will have a better chance of creating great music and education and of building a base on which rational growth can occur.

And we must work strenuously to accomplish our planning in a spirit of collaboration not contemptuousness. The fate of the orchestra world hangs in the balance.


I read it here.

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Recital Announcement:

Music for Oboe and Oboes
Martin Schuring, oboe

Sunday, February 20 · 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Katzin Concert Hall, ASU School of Music

Laura Arganbright, oboe
Kathryn Bloise, oboe
Erin Lovan, oboe
Tiffany Pan, oboe
Laura Smith, oboe
Erin Webber, oboe
Cooper Wright, oboe
Emily Kupitz, English horn
Allison Pickett, English horn

CPE Bach — Sonata in g minor (after the solo flute sonata)
Jacob ter Veldhuis — The Garden of Love
Beethoven — La ci darem la mano variations
Benjamin Taylor — Go Now! You MUST Go Now!
Jeffrey Rathbun — Three Diversions for Two Oboes
James MacMillan — Intercession
Gilles Silvestrini — Trois duos pour hautbois

Tickets are $9, $5 for students, and free to ASU students, faculty, and staff.

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Drove to Bedford for an oboe reed tonight. 30 minutes of traffic for a REED.

Probably so, since you read this blog!

This is from Keve … I’ve posted things by her before. Love this one!

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It’s pretty positive!

I thought opening night went quite well. And yes, the audience was lively and laughed a lot. It was great fun to hear!