14. May 2011 · Comments Off on Irene Dalis · Categories: Opera

Read the article about Miss Dalis’s accident and more … but first get a load of this part:

the driver of that SUV — who vanished from the accident scene and hasn’t been found

That’s the driver who HIT her. I had no idea he left the scene. Horrendous.

I’m home from the second of three concerts for Symphony Silicon Valley for this set. During Jon Nakamatsu‘s encore (he’s incredibly, by the way!) I heard this rumble and felt something. Looking over at the principal flutist we both mouthed “earthquake”. I assumed that’s what it was, but I’m not seeing any news about it and no one tweeted it. I’m assuming it was something else, then. But it was very weird.

By the way, our two soloists, Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse are absolutely incredible. Really and truly.

After the Stravinsky tonight no one applauded. The conductor turned around and kind of gestured like “Yep, that’s it folks.” Then there was just a spattering of applause and again silence.

We have trained audiences to fear applauding at the wrong time so well they are now scared to applaud at all! I find this very sad.


Our principal bassist writes this: “The pit part of the stage apparently dropped slightly.” Ah-hah!

14. May 2011 · Comments Off on Concert Announcement · Categories: Concert Announcements

Received from Kyle Bruckmann:

Hello friends.

I’m excited about a concert this coming Sunday at 2:00 that those of you in the Peninsula or South Bay (or with sufficient excuse to make the trek) might find interesting:


works by twentieth and twenty-first century masters Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Earle Brown, Harrison Birtwistle, and Brian Ferneyhough

Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road/Atherton, CA (on the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School)

ticket prices: $10 general admission/free for students

SfSound (www.sfsound.org) was invited to perform; as it turns out, pianist Chris Jones and I will be the sole representatives. We’ll be playing solo pieces that are watersheds for our respective instruments — and for “classic” avant-garde composition, period — along with some duo outings touching down at various hazy spots along the continuum between “composition” and “improvisation” (i.e., sfSound’s preferred stomping grounds). The whole thing will be fairly casual, peppered with lecture/demonstration/discussion, and followed by an improvisation workshop (!) that high school musicians in particular are heartily encouraged to bring instruments and join. Should be fun.

Thanks for your time, and I hope all’s well.
kyle bruckmann http://www.kylebruckmann.com

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

Just got home from playing a glorious concert at St. John’s Cathedral. Performed the Rutter Requiem with the most beautiful oboe solo. I even impressed myself!! Truly magical…

A slightly different sort for today:

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

I can’t even practice my oboe without feeling icky 🙁