23. March 2011 · Comments Off on Tomorrow Night! · Categories: Symphony

The Symphony offer of free tickets has now made the Mercury News:

Thanks to an anonymous donor, Symphony Silicon Valley is offering several hundred free tickets to Thursday night’s performance of Brahms’ “German Requiem.”

Symphony President Andrew Bales said a private donor was moved to make the generous offer to raise awareness of the relief efforts in Japan, thank those who have already supported those efforts, and spur even more donations. The concert was an appropriate choice, Bales said, because “Brahms wrote this as his human requiem.”


I do hope some of you take advantage of this fantastic deal!

I’ve really been enjoying watching and hearing Gregory Vajda work with the chorus. It makes me wonder … has Opera San José ever considering hiring him to conduct an opera? We hire a guest conductor for two of our four operas each year. I think he was be a welcome addition!

23. March 2011 · Comments Off on Brahms Requiem · Categories: Symphony, Videos

Here you go … the entire work. But really, there is absolutely nothing like experiencing a live concert of this work. Trust me! So buy your tickets. Now. (The videos below are from 1985. Recognize that young looking soprano!?)

… and remember that you can go for free if you go Thursday night!

Movement 1

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. They that go forth and weep, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing their sheaves with them. Psalm 126:5-6

Part 1

Part 2

Movement 2

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falleth away. I Peter 1:24

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth,
and has long patience for it, until he receive the morning and evening rain. Be patient therefore. James 5:7

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. I Peter 1:25

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10

Part 1

Part 2

Movement 3

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee.

Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them. And now, Lord, what wait I for?

My hope is in thee. Psalm 39:5-8

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and there shall no torment touch them. Wisdom of Solomon 3:1

Part 1

Part 2

Movement 4

How lovely are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will always be praising thee. Psalm 84:1,2,4

Movement 5

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. John 16:22

Behold with your eyes, how that I have but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest. Sirach 51:27

As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66:13

Movement 6

For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Hebrews 13:14

Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? I Corinthians 15:51-55

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

Part 1

Part 2

Movement 7

Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord, from henceforth. Yea, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Revelation 14:13

Part 1

Part 2

23. March 2011 · Comments Off on This Just In … At Least To Me! · Categories: Concert Announcements

I just read that our Thursday night concert is FREE.

Yep. Really.

But please, if you take advantage of this, be prepared to donate some money to the Japan relief effort. They will be taking donations at the door. And PLEASE do attend!

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

Started learning to play the guitar today. Gonna start taking lessons every week! I am soooo excited. So I now play guitar, piano, and oboe. JUILLIARD HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a Chinese double reed.

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

People keep telling me playing the English horn is invigorating, but I keep feeling like I’m going to blow a blood vessel in my brain…