25. February 2011 · Comments Off on Congratulations, Karl! · Categories: Concerts, UCSC

I’m home from the UCSC Orchestra concert. Karl Spiker, a student of mine, performed the Mozart Oboe Concerto. He was fantastic! I’m so proud of him and how well he played. Bravo, Karl! (If anyone reading this is in the area you could hear it tomorrow night, as they are repeating the concert then. 7:30. Recital Hall. UCSC.)

(Sorry for the poor quality, but I was using the iPhone, didn’t think to zoom in, and obviously wasn’t using the flash, which probably wouldn’t have worked from that distance anyway.)

And Karl looked quite professional as well. But ‐ oh dear, oh dear ‐ women, if you are going to wear short dressed you really need to sit more carefully. Please!?

25. February 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: FBQD

Every time I hear an oboe in minor all I can think of is maleficient from sleeping beauty…

25. February 2011 · Comments Off on McCartney … pop star, “classical” composer … choreographer? · Categories: Read Online

While it’s still in development, the pop-ballet hybrid presently consists of four acts, running 45-50 minutes. There is a cast of more than 40 dancers, with choreography by the City Ballet’s Peter Martins. “This is Paul’s baby,” Martins said. “He knows exactly what this is going to look like … He even has choreographic suggestions. He did a nice little jump for me. I said: ‘To me Paul, that needs work.'”

Composer John Wilson is helping McCartney with the final orchestration, and the first act will receive a run-through in New York today. “I’ve come to love working with orchestras,” McCartney admitted. “[They have] a great palette.” Since 1991, he has released four albums of original classical music, most recently 2006’s Ecce Cor Meum. But while Ocean’s Kingdom is not McCartney’s first experiment with oboe and violin, this is his first time working so intensively with a ballet company.

I read it here.

Nope. I don’t have it. But Frederica Mathewes-Green does.

Some people have more of an instinctive capacity for synesthesia than others, and the most common way for it to manifest is to associate colors with letters and numbers. I have this kind of synesthesia. I thought everybody did—I thought it was obvious that A is red, B is blue, C is yellow, and so on. I didn’t really realize that other people don’t have the same associations until I read Rimbaud’s poem, “The Vowels,” in a college French class. The other students thought it was trippy; I thought it was annoying. To deliberately mix up the colors and say that A is black, for example — that’s a pretty cheap basis for a poem.

Do check out her essay!

I used to wish I had synesthesia. It just seems so cool to me. (Of course mostly I just wish I could make a good oboe reed!)

But I also wonder … and perhaps Frederica Mathewes-Green will answer here … do different timbres have a color too? Is oboe a different color than flute which is a different color than clarinet?

As I’m typing this out I am eating an orange. Do flavors have colors? Is an orange orange?

(Credit where credit is due — since I’m sort of bugged when I’m not given credit I’d better make sure I credit others, yes?! — I found Mathewes-Green’s essay via GretchensPianos.)

25. February 2011 · Comments Off on BachTrac™ · Categories: BachTrac™

Passacaglia in C minor
Colin Williams, Bill Thomas, Mark McConnell, Bradley Palmer, Jim Cumisky, Tom Gibson, Jeff Koonce and George Curran perform Passacaglia in C Minor by J.S. Bach arranged for trombone octet by Donald Hunsberger. The recording was done live in Legacy Hall at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.

25. February 2011 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

Classical music can be a little scary to those who don’t often breathe in its rarefied air. The gowns and tuxedos, the season tickets that go for the price of a certified pre-owned Lexus, the sense that you’re a trespasser in a strange land.

Sure, it can be “scary”, I suppose. Or perhaps at least uncomfortable for those unfamiliar with the genre. But “gowns”? Um. Aside from opening night galas I rarely see gowns, and tuxes aren’t necessary. (I still want to nix what the men have to wear on stage, but I have no power there.)

But cost? Um. Purchased season tickets to “my” Giants recently? Or how about the not-so-fab 49ers? And if Madonna HAD season tickets, you can bet your life those would be costly!

Side Note: I was checking out prices to events at HP Pavilion. Gee, Katy Perry tickets weren’t horrendously high ($36.50-$48). But wait! You have to add a service fee that ranges from $10.50 to $12.50 for her show. Some charge service fees as high as $15.50. Amazing.

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

Double Reed Day Success. I love the oboe. #pureelation