17. March 2011 · Comments Off on Honolulu Symphony’s Assets · Categories: Read Online

I’m happy to read that the symphony’s assets are still in Honolulu. Now I hope things work out and they can form a new group!

Along with the music library, the purchase included percussion instruments, a harp and two grand pianos. Mr. Polivka said he hoped the former symphony musicians would be hired. Steven Monder, the retired president of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and JoAnn Falletta, the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, are helping develop the plan, he said

17. March 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Grace Williams · Categories: NewToMyEars™

Grace Williams (1906-1977) was a Welsh composer. I can’t say I’m wowed by the work below, but I’ve definitely never heard of her before, so she gets the mention today.

Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes


A Little Night Circus Music:

… you know I stay away from controversial subjects as much as possible. I just don’t like to go there. I hate confrontation. I hate arguing. And I really hate it when I anger someone else. So I’m going to let someone else bring up something that might bother some of you. I will admit, though, that I think we union members, along with the top dogs of the unions, may need to rethink things. (Uh-oh … please don’t send me hate mail! I did, after all, write may need to rethink things! I’m wishy-washy that way!)

Each union branch must assess local circumstances to choose its plan of action and its recommendations to its players.

Unions have served us well over the years, no doubt. However, it seems to me that the time has come to reassess the purpose of the union.

I read that, and much more, here.

But wait, there’s more!…

I just read a wonderful quote from the principal bassist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, where an agreement for a 2 year contract has been reached:

“In this time when people relentlessly pursue self-serving agendas and compromise is seen as a form of weakness, both management and labor have shown that the better way is to work together to secure a dynamic and solid future for all. However, our work is not done. The arts are under attack in our country. Our job will be to continue to show the public the necessity of keeping the arts in our lives. A thriving community includes the arts and educational opportunities.”

Read more here.

17. March 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

When i grow up im gonna be a Norwegian polka singer and play the oboe.

17. March 2011 · Comments Off on Trading Up? · Categories: Yahoo! Answers

Read on Yahoo Answers:

Can you trade in a used flute for a used oboe?
im in band and my teacher gave me the option to switch from playing the flute to playing the oboe but i don’t know if i want to have to buy a new oboe so would i be able to just trade in my used flute for a for a used oboe?

17. March 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

and we have an oboe being played at the library. yeah, you heard me. An oboe, at the library.