18. February 2011 · Comments Off on I Can’t Make It, But Perhaps You Can? · Categories: Concert Announcements

(I have opera.)

Received via email:

Hi Patty,
You are invited to the following event:
GEORGE CLEVE presents MOZART YOUTH CAMERATA Benefit Concert for Children’s Hospital Oakland
Sunday, February 20, 2011 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PT)

Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Event Details: Dora Stock’s 1789 portrait of Mozart SAVE THE DATE GEORGE CLEVE presents MOZART YOUTH CAMERATA Benefit Concert for Children’s Hospital Oakland “Kids for Children” 2 PM FEBRUARY 20, 2011 CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, San Francisco An afternoon…Read more

We hope you can make it!


I blogged about him earlier. Now you can see and hear him! (I love the “I kinda drew my first masterpiece,” line.)

He’s one impressive 8 year old!

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

[college name removed] Comm College just posted a job opening for an instructor to teach voice, woodwinds (with oboe or bassoon specialization) and brass. This looks like only 1 position. ARE THEY INSANE? College level and 1 teacher to teach all those!

(I hope this young player loves what she is doing! One never knows with children, you know?)

18. February 2011 · Comments Off on We All Fall Down · Categories: Conductors

Yep. It can happen to anyone. But first Muti and now this:

The Royal Opera House auditorium was cleared last night after 83-year-old conductor Sir Colin Davis suffered a fall as he mounted the podium steps.

Orchestra members rushed to his aid and an ambulance was called when Sir Colin tripped and tumbled, bashing the back of his head, as he prepared to conduct Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The audience saw him lying on the floor, but the paramedics were not needed and he stood and walked from the pit himself.

He drank some water and a message was broadcast throughout the Covent Garden building that he was fine. But it was decided as a precaution that David Syrus, who was on hand and already scheduled to conduct performances of the opera next week, should take over.

At his home in Highbury today, Sir Colin told the Standard: “I’m fine. I have had heart troubles. It’s been a bad year on the whole, but I’m still abreast, so to speak.”

I read it here.

Heard on CSI: New York

He (played by R&Ber Ne-Yo): So which do you prefer classical or R&B?

She: Neither actually, Hard core Rock & Roll.

H: So it’s R&B. Which means you have good taste.

S: And what if I’d said classical?

H: I’d say you believe in fate.

S: ‘Scuse me?

H: As in fate versus free will. You see classical is all about fate structures. Inevitable build to an inevitable end.

S: But isn’t all music structured like that?

H: No. Not R&B. See R&B is about how it makes you feel, taking you where you want to go all at the drop of a nice bass line.

Then the guy proceeds to shoot three people. Probably a result of … dunno … R&B? 😉

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

Yep … I have another Opera San José performance of Barber of Seville tonight!

ROSSINI Una voce poco fa, from Barber of Seville
David Shifrin, David Hattner, Keith Buncke
Three generations of Interlochen Arts Academy students
arranged by Roe Goodman for 2 clarinets and bassoon
performed at Chamber Music Northwest June 5, 2010

18. February 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

i have to go teach an #oboe lesson tonight. For realz?? I haven’t even played my oboe since June.

(This was written in January. Hmmm.)

18. February 2011 · Comments Off on Another Review For Sunday’s Performance · Categories: Opera, Reviews

You can read it here. “The orchestra and choristers maintained the company’s high standards.”