24. May 2011 · Comments Off on Have You Voted? · Categories: Announcements

Sal Pizarro has written again about the Facebook/Chase contest:

The last day of voting for Chase Community Giving’s Facebook competition is upon us, and Symphony Silicon Valley needs to make up a lot of ground to be one of the 25 nonprofit groups that’ll get grants.
Another South Bay organization, the Santa Clara Vanguard drum corps, is doing much better, sitting at No. 20 on Tuesday. Every Facebook user gets to vote for five groups, so you should throw some love their way, too.
The symphony, which won a $25,000 grant in the first round of voting, plans to put any money it receives in the contest toward ArtSpark — an ambitious plan to bring every third- through sixth-grade student in Santa Clara County to a professional arts event at no cost to schools or parents.
If that sounds like a good cause, you can vote on Facebook until 9 p.m. Wednesday (use the case-sensitive Web address http://bit.ly/CommunityGiving as a shortcut).

Thanks, Mr. Pizarro! Now … get out there and vote!

24. May 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Huh?

I just read this on a YouTube video:

six pieces for oboe (or other instrument in Bb) and piano

24. May 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

so i think i want to learn how to play oboe. =]

24. May 2011 · Comments Off on ACappellaTuesday™ · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™

The King’s Singers singing “I’m Yours” and having a bit ‘o fun

24. May 2011 · Comments Off on Let Your 7.3 Minute Attention Span Go For A While … · Categories: Read Online

Because, really, you must read the whole commencement speech John Adams gave at Julliard.

Here’s a snippet, to get your attention:

The arts, however, are difficult. They are mind-bendingly and refreshingly difficult. You can’t learn the role of Hamlet (no less write it), you can’t play the fugue in the Hammerklavier Sonata (no less compose it) and you can’t hope to move effortlessly through one of Twyla Tharp’s ballets without having submitting yourself to something that’s profoundly difficult, that demands sustained concentration and unyielding devotion. Artists are people who’ve learned how to surrender themselves to a higher purpose, to something better than their miserable little egos. They’ve been willing to put their self-esteem in a Cuisinart and let it be chopped and diced and crushed to a pulp. They are the ones who’ve learned to live with the brutal fact that God didn’t dole out talent in fair and equal portions and that the person sitting next to them may only need to practice only half as hard to win the concerto competition.

And the wonderful, astonishing truth is that the arts are utterly useless. You can’t eat music or poetry or dance. You can’t drive your car on a sonnet it or wear it on your back to shield you from the elements. This “uselessness” is why politicians and other painfully literal-minded people during times of budget crises (which is pretty much all the time now) can’t wait to single the arts out for elimination. For them artistic activity is strictly after-school business. They consider that what we do can’t honestly be compared to the real business of life, that art is entertainment and ultimately non-essential. They don’t realize that what we artists offer is one of the few things that make human life meaningful, that through our skill and our talent and through the way that we share our rich emotional lives we add color and texture and depth and complexity to their lives.

He speaks, too, about surprise. Recently I’d heard two composers’ works that were “sounds like” pieces. And I mean “sounds like really really old stuff”. I was puzzling over why, while they sounded somewhat well crafted, I was so put off by them. John Adams explained it to me (because I guess I’m just too stupid to explain it to myself!).

Here’s another bit I thought was excellent and we rarely actually come right out and say it:

They are the ones who’ve learned to live with the brutal fact that God didn’t dole out talent in fair and equal portions and that the person sitting next to them may only need to practice only half as hard to win the concerto competition.

Yep, yep, yep!

But really, the entire speech is mighty fine. Every artist should read it. Heck, everyone should read it!

(I must warn readers, though: he has black background, white type. I always have to hit control + option + command + 8 to reverse everything or my eyes simply go bonkers!)

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

thirty-four meandering oboe solos

24. May 2011 · Comments Off on Hmmm. Reminds me of someone I know! · Categories: Read Online

I just read this description of a 2011 Saline County Fair Queen candidate:

Her hobbies include playing the oboe, knitting and raising rabbits.

Oh Pam … you didn’t tell me you were running for that! 😉

24. May 2011 · Comments Off on Please Oh Please … · Categories: Announcements, Opera

If you haven’t yet voted … here is yet another repost. Tomorrow is the final day to vote. We haven’t enough votes to place in the top 25. Can you hear me pleading for your vote? You don’t need to live in the Bay Area. Heck, you don’t need to live in the states as far as I can tell. You just need to be a Facebook user, and you need to vote for Symphony Silicon Valley!

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.