28. May 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

Well, I’m home, and enjoying a piece of cherry pie. The concert is over, and I guess I have to put my part to Oblivion away. I’ll miss it … what a fun work to play!

I was absolutely thrilled to see some friends in the audience. It makes playing even more fun when I know people listening. Thank you ALL for coming!

Here’s a few photos, including one of a very special young oboist … hi Daniel! Do you want to get the music to Oblivion now?!

28. May 2011 · Comments Off on & Now I Take A Nap · Categories: Concert Announcements

… despite “my” Giants playing right now.

I didn’t used to nap before concerts, but I sure do now. I solo tonight on Piazzolla’s Oblivion (and I play in the Tedesco as well). I think I need a bit of rest before I get ready for the concert. That’s what happens when you’re over 50, maybe? Or perhaps it’s just my somewhat low iron level that causes me to need them. Or … most likely … I’m just lazy and wimpy! Hmmm.

In case you didn’t see it earlier, here’s the info (if you click on the name of the group it takes you to their site):

Saturday May 28, 2011 @ 8pm
First Congregational Church
900 High Street, Santa Cruz

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Guitar Concerto No.1, Op. 99
Mesut Ozgen – Guitar

Agustin Barrios Mangore – La Catedral
Mesut Ozgen – Guitar

Piazzolla – Oblivion
Patricia Mitchell – Oboe

Piazzolla – Los Quatros Estaciones Portenäs
Cynthia Baehr – Violin

28. May 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

[name here] has been studying for 4 hours.. now its time to practice oboe. It never seems to end.

28. May 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Quotes

Be very curious with your ears.

-Heinz Holliger

(I read it here. I like the way he put that!)

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

Mickey’s Amateurs (April 1, 1937)

28. May 2011 · Comments Off on Reed Making in Houston · Categories: Announcements, Reed Making

I just received these and have been asked to put them up here. Obviously it’s too far away for me, but perhaps I have some Houston readers (reeders)?:

Learn some basic reed making skills, and/or renew your skills and/or
simply get advice about where to from this point.
Thu June 2nd 6:30-8:30 Early Skills tying, knots and knife sharpening
Thu June 16th 6:30-8:30 Scraping, tying clipping finishing (and review)
Thu June 23rd 6:30-8:30 More scraping, proportions, getting a
crow…sounds, finishing (and review)
Thu June 30th 6:30-8:30 Crows, tone, pitch…will it play? finishing
July to be announced on demand….hopefully you will all be making
wonderful reeds by then. Dr. Leek will supply 3 gouged,shaped folded
pieces of cane per student per class, and will inform you where to buy
it on your own and lend supplies until you have all you need. The cost
is $55 per class , a discount if you buy all of them. ($200).
Registration accepted until the last minute if we have not reached
capacity (8 people), but early birds are prefered. All classes will be
at my house, call (713.440.6766) or e-mail (draleek@hotmail.com) with
questions. If you register, Dr. Leek will send you the supplies list.
Many already have “reed kits” which are OK to start.
Teachers: your students are very welcome! Please warn them that I have
dogs,cats and a bird.

Dr. Leek (BM, MM, DMA Julliard) Associate principal, Houston Symphony;
former member, Pittsburgh Symphony; winner, Geneva International Music
Competition; soloist, New York Philharmonic; concertized and recorded
with Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony; recordings on DGG, Koch
Schwann and Gramola; European duo tours with Christoph Eschenbach.

and then this:

Hi All, I have had the good luck to be able to arrange a great
opportunity for all of us: MAKE REEDS WITH THE TOP TEXAS PLAYERS !!!
Each teacher will present a reed making session,
explain choices, equipment and show “how to do it” we will sit at
tables with our prepared blanks and attempt to make a reed in the
style of each player.
Tuesday May 31st Erin Hannigan Principal
Oboist of the Dallas Symphony 6-8pm at my house

Wednesday June 8th Robert Atherholt, retired
Principal Oboist of the Houston Symphony, prof at Rice, 7-9pm at Rice
in his studio

Wednesday June 15th Colin Gatwood 2nd oboist of
the Houston Symphony 7-9 at my house

Wednesday June 22nd Adam Dinitz English
Hornist of the Houston Symphony 7-9 at my house

the cost will be $65 for a 2 hour session, 5% discount if you buy
all of them. The checks should be made out to me. My address is 3223
Milburn St Houston 77021
RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED as we will have limited space!
Hope you join us for this unique opportunity. Please pass this on to
anyone you think might enjoy this, thanks
Anne (713-440-6766)

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

decided to play the oboe when I was 7 because I felt sorry for the duck in “Peter & the Wolf “. I’ve always had a soft spot ducks