… because it looks so darn cool! (I’d “borrow” a photo of it from the site and put it up here but I’m guessing that’s not legal.)

21. May 2011 · Comments Off on Babies w Headphones · Categories: Read Online

A clinic in Slovakia has found a way to comfort newborn babies that are separated from their mothers for treatment – classical music.
Using regular size headphones that appear gigantic on the babies’ tiny heads, the maternity ward in Kosice-Saca hospital has them listening to Mozart or Vivaldi.
During a recent visit to the clinic, chief Dr. Slavka Viragova said the music functions as a replacement for a mother’s voice and is helping the babies breathe regularly and maintain a proper heart beat.

Seeing the photos in the article make me cringe a little bit. Do the headphones really have to be that large? And please oh please tell me they are playing the music very softly.

Maybe I’m just a worrier and maybe I should lighten up.

And maybe not.

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

i wanna know how to play the oboe it looks amazing

21. May 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Quotes

We are not entertainers. We are musicians.

-Riccardo Muti

21. May 2011 · Comments Off on In New York City? Try this: Willow Ensemble Concert · Categories: Concert Announcements

My brother, Timothy Emerson, manages and performs with the group. Here’s what he sent out:


It’s time for another Willow Ensemble Concert!

Date / Time: 8PM on June 10 and June 11
Place: Grace Church Chantry at 10th and Broadway
Cost: $15 (advance); $20 (at the door)


Bach: Partitas for Organ
Bach: Cantata BWV 82, “Ich habe genug” for Bass Baritone and Chamber Orchestra
Schubert: Die Forelle (for baritone voice and piano)
Schubert: “The Trout” Piano Quintet


Patrick Allen, Organ
Martin Labazevitch, Piano
A. Joshua Stetson, Bass Baritone
Marilyn Cole, Oboe
Timothy Emerson, Bassoon
Alexander Sharpe, Violin
Michael Roth, Violin
David Gold, Viola
Sarah Hewitt-Roth, Cello
Jeffrey Carney, Bass

Hope you can join us!

If you would like to reserve tickets at $15/each, please respond to this email with your full name, the date of the concert you wish to attend, and the number seats you’ll need.


Timothy Emerson
Artistic Director, Willow Ensemble

Obviously you can’t “respond to this email” as it says above. But here is Timothy’s email address: emerst [at] gmail [dot] com

21. May 2011 · Comments Off on What Would I Have Been Without The Music? · Categories: Symphony, Videos

I wonder.

Please Vote

21. May 2011 · Comments Off on Saturday Morning Cartoon · Categories: Saturday Morning Cartoon

Mickey’s Grand Opera (Mar. 7, 1936)

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

Whoever’s playing the Oboe, please stop.

21. May 2011 · Comments Off on Yep, bugging you again! · Categories: Announcements

While Symphony Silicon Valley was voted in the top 100 for Chase Community Giving (Thank you voters! Thank you Chase!), we now enter into a tighter race, competing for the $500,000 grant for our arts education program.. Because of that I’m going to remind you daily until the voting stops. PLEASE, if you are on Facebook, vote for us. This is a worthy and worthwhile cause … taking the arts to all 4th through 6th grade students in our county! That’s the goal. I — and all involved with Symphony Silicon Valley — appreciate your votes! Let’s get the larger sum of money for this project!


Wait, what are you doing reading this blog still? You really need to CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Please bear with me: I will post this particular news every day until the voting period ends.