25. July 2011 · Comments Off on My Baby Is Gone · Categories: Ramble

Yep … drove my poor broken oboe to Mark Chudnow today. He’s going to go over the entire oboe, so it should be in great shape when Opera San José begins orchestra rehearsals for Idomeneo. Do you think that will mean all my reeds will be so happy they’ll work great too? I’m hoping.

While there I also was able to pic up a couple of oboes for a student to try. Of course that makes me think, “Hmm. I sure think a new oboe would be cool!” Maybe next year ….

Thanks, Mark! See you in a few weeks!

25. July 2011 · Comments Off on Oops! · Categories: Read Online, Reviews

In the dreamy ball and minimalist pastoral scene Dutoit managed, paradoxically, to project restraint, before opening the floodgates in the boisterous March to the Scaffold and Witches’ Sabbath. In all the ups and downs he was abetted by warm strings, punchy brass and individual woodwinds (although I wonder if video closeups of the English horn soloist can be reconciled with what should be a faraway sound).

I read it here.

Couple ‘o things: 1) the “faraway” instrument is an oboe; the English hornist is on stage but 2) who really cares about what the video of this is showing even if the big screen focusses on the oboist? Does this matter, even when it will sound “faraway”? Btw, we are also supposed to be shepherds but notice we don’t dress as such. It’s about the music ….

Okay, this is just my opinion here. For what it’s worth.

25. July 2011 · Comments Off on English Horn Outside My Little World · Categories: OutsideMyWorld™

Anouar: Kepera Trio with Yoram Lachish

Kepera trio With Yoram Lachish
live in Theater Camuz.

Anouar (Itamar Erez)

Yoram Lachish – oboe
Rembrandt Frerichs – piano
Tony Overwater – bass
Vinsent Planjer – tombak, drums

This track is available on our CD Levantasy.

25. July 2011 · 3 comments · Categories: FBQD

I think I can now do my major scales better on euphonium than I can on oboe. Is that bad?

25. July 2011 · Comments Off on San Diego Symphony Players Have a FIVE Year Contract · Categories: Announcements

Wow … that’s a nice long time!

The San Diego Symphony and its musicians have reached an agreement on a new five year contract that provides the orchestra’s 80 players with wage increases of approximately 3.5 percent each year over the next five years.

“San Diego still has a way to go to achieve salaries more typical of ‘Tier One’ orchestras,” said Edward “Ward” Gill, the symphony’s executive director in a statement. “But we are pleased to record steady progress in the right direction.”

Orchestra members’ base pay in the contract that ended in June was $57,776. The new contract, which the orchestra voted to approve late Friday, raises that amount to $59,708 in the first year and $68,234 in 2015-2016, the contract’s final year.

By comparison, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra approved a contract in late June setting a $100,110 minimum for its 99 members. That number, however, represented a nearly 10 percent reduction in wages from the previous year, during which the orchestra reportedly suffered a $2 million deficit on a $31 million budget.

The troubled economy, a diversity of entertainment options, and other factors have forced orchestras in Syracuse, Honolulu and New Mexico to cease operations while the Philadelphia Orchestra declared bankruptcy and the Detroit Symphony was eviscerated by a six-month strike.

San Diego ended its 2010-11 100th anniversary season, budgeted at approximately $18 million, in the black.


25. July 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

She’s been scoring Theo Andelopoulos’ films…she loves the Oboe and piano with a flute sprinkling… #Karaindrou


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25. July 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

I just read an article that begins with this:

Many American marching band programs are already in full-swing or soon will be, preparing for their busy fall performance schedules. My last band camp was 2006 – there are definitely things I miss about being involved directly with a marching band program, but I am also thankful to be spared the preparation and hard work that goes along with running such a program, especially considering the current 100+ degree heat wave we are experieincing in the Northeast.

Here are 10 tips from my own experience with fighting the heat and maintaining students’ health and productivity during those long, hot hours of the traditional August band camp:

Nope, not gonna supply you with the 10. You have to go here to read it. And of course it’s really written for the band camp directors rather than students and parents, but stil you might want to take note, especially those living in Marching Band Territories! (For some states marching band is taken much more seriously than others.)

For me? Well, I’m not a participant in marching band at my age, and I have no children involved in it either. But it does mean one thing for me … I will now pretty much lose a few students until marching band season is over.

Sigh. I really hate that some band directors think marching band should trump all other music making. I really despise that it takes my students away from private lessons and, for many, means they will barely touch an oboe until football season ends.

It makes me somewhat grumpy, to be honest.

I wonder, sometimes, if I should just not accept the marching band students as regularly scheduled students and, instead, tell them they can schedule lessons on a week by week basis as they are able and as my schedule permits. That way I could have open slots for those that aren’t in marching band. Is that discriminatory? Probably. But sometimes discrimination can be a good thing can’t it? I am discriminating about my chocolate (milk only). I’m discriminating about my veggies (organic). I’m discriminating about husbands (only one).

Hmmm ….

My, but I sounded grumpy above. Please know I”m not just dissing and hating marching band. I did it (playing bell lyre) in high school. I loved the social aspect of it. I loved the football games (and the hot chocolate my mom would make and my dad would bring for us!). I just don’t like that the “rest of music” stops. That is all. 🙂

The Israel Chamber Orchestra and members of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Lezion have aroused the hostility of Israeli politicians and have been threatened with funding cuts ahead of a planned concert in which they will play a piece by Richard Wagner at the German composer’s Bavarian home town of Bayreuth on July 26.

You can read more here.

What say ye, thoughtful readers?