11. May 2011 · Comments Off on Quite The Inspiring Story · Categories: Read Online

Although I haven’t a clue if he can make an oboe reed, so there’s that. 😉

“I could be anybody,” he said. “The cello allowed me to enact and embody the different variations that I was becoming.”

His father, a Teamsters union organizer, instilled in his son the moxy to fight against socio-economic and racial inequities. “If something concerned me in high school, I would start a petition,” he said.

But his parents’ fears that academia would wrench their son from his humble roots meant they kept him from enrolling in honors courses and taking his SAT exams, Benavidez said.

In spite of these hurdles, Benavidez excelled, winning essay competitions and other accolades. But he was not a quiet, nose-in-a-book child. In fact, he was so rambunctious on the school bus one day that the driver ordered him off, with his cello, in an isolated area near Highway 99. “It’s just me and you,” Benavidez told his cello as they set off for the long journey home.

At 17, he applied to UC Berkeley, submitting everything but his SAT scores, which he could not provide because he had not taken the exam. At the time, his parents had not seen the point in him taking the exam, and so had not taken him to the testing site.

By the time a letter from UC Berkeley arrived accepting him on condition that he complete 60 community college units, Benavidez had left home, dropped out of high school and moved to Sacramento, where he supported himself by working in a music store and teaching cello.

After eking out a living, he auditioned informally for the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. His distinctive talent earned him the position of principal cellist and he went on to perform at such prestigious venues as The Sorbonne in Paris and the Esterhazy Palace in Austria.

Despite the prestige, travel and opportunity to perfect his art, it was a period of intense solitude and introspection for Benavidez: “I was giving so much of myself to the music. I wanted to retreat,” he said.

At times, he tried leaving his cello in the unlocked trunk of his car, or in the lobby of his apartment building, hoping someone would steal it. But no one ever did.

Do read the whole thing!

11. May 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

sooo,i went to [name here] Middle School to hav my band try out for next year…i tried saxophone, flute( i suck @ de flute ) the clarinet, and drums (percussion)….then i waz sittin down in a chair and mr. [name here] looks @ me i know what will be perfect for u THEN he pulls out an oboe and in my head i was NOOO i tried it i held my breath for bout 30 seconds so now im an…..OBOE PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11. May 2011 · Comments Off on Everybody Wants An Oboe Skirt · Categories: Oboe

… right?

Vintage Oboe Pintuck Draped Asymmetrical Pocket Skirt

Or … well … I don’t want one, so maybe everybody but me? Hmmm?

11. May 2011 · Comments Off on WorldReeds™: Dolçaina (Dulzaina) · Categories: WorldReeds™ · Tags: ,

The Dolçaina is a Spanish double reed instrument.

and you get two for one today … I’m guessing you’ll understand why when you hear the piece!:

11. May 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

If you are a music student wanting to take up music as a career, your task at present is to learn how to be a professional musician. That involves doing more than practicing concertos. Many student musicians (especially violinists and pianists) imagine that they are going to become international soloists, and so will spend their whole careers playing the Tchaikovsky or Sibelius concertos. Phooey. There are about 30 international soloists on the violin in the whole world. There are more violinists than that in any major orchestra. If you are going to make it at all in professional classical music, you are almost certainly going to be in an orchestra. So you must take orchestral technique and rehearsal etiquette seriously. Otherwise, you will wreck your career before it has even begun.

-Jonathan West

Do RTWT. Especially if you are a music student! I’m sorry to say I wasn’t surprised to read about their behavior. I’ve seen it too. Think ahead, students. Really.

11. May 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

O! Baroque Oboe! How enchanting and charming you be!… as long as other instruments are playing.

11. May 2011 · Comments Off on The Ear Speaks (& a PattyRamble™) · Categories: Ramble

I had plans for today. Rehearsal doesn’t begin until mid-afternoon, so I thought it was a perfect day to run some errands. But I woke up at 5:30 AM. WIth a screeching ear. We had rehearsal last night and I neglected to get a sound shield. I guess I’m paying for that today, even while I did wear my earplugs during the D’Rivera, when I was sitting on stage but not playing. (The D’Rivera is extremely loud, and today I’ll leave the stage like the smart people would do!) Oh well. My fault for not requesting that sound shield. My fault for not leaving the stage. But so much for getting the car washed and shopping. Instead it’s a diphenhydramine and back to bed, in hopes that I can avoid any dizziness to go along with the ear (sometimes a screeching ear is a warning that I’m heading to DizzyLand™).

When my ear speaks. I listen!

That being whined about, I continue to love the Stravinsky. Such a fantastic piece of music! I’m trying very hard to forget that the last time we worked with Leslie Dunner, the maestro for this set, was when i bombed the first night of the Mahler. So far I’ve not been very good at forgetting.

I was talking to Dan about this the other day.

I rarely remember my good moments. I know I’ve had them. I know I’ve played well. But all I seem to recall strongly are my mistakes! The F# I played at the Opera Gala some years back (it was an F&#9838!). The time in 1976 or 77 when I came in wrong in the Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. The water in a key during Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture back in the late 70s. The 2 seconds of pain and agony in the Mahler last year. (Of course that last one is even more vivid because someone told me what some of the French horn section had said about it … that hurt!)

Anyone else have this issue or am I alone in this “remembering the bad” issue? Hmm?

Okay, enough negativity for the week. I’m going back to bed, and when I wake the ear will be better. Right?!