29. August 2011 · Comments Off on Oboe Outside My Little World · Categories: OutsideMyWorld™

I can’t really tell you much about this, as I don’t read Japanese, but I do see these names on the video: MINAMI & MIKI. This is a Chick Corea tune.

29. August 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

They were the first things I learned. And I’m so glad, because you come back to these operas like old friends. And you find more and more in them. As one gets older, one’s astonishment at Mozart’s amazing talent actually grows. The way he responds to the dramatic situations is total, so open, and so incredibly intelligent. One is more and more astonished how he managed to translate into notes what a human being is. It’s a bit like Shakespeare: you can’t explain it, but you when you come back to him, you think, ‘Good heavens! Where did he get all that from?’ It’s the same with Mozart. And in that short life, to write down all those notes. If we tried to do it, it would take all our lives. Extraordinary. Amazing.

-Sir Colin Davis

29. August 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Nice to hear Holst’s “The Planets” yesterday at Aspen–I’d forgotten what a rich piece it is. I had never seen a bass oboe before…bocal looks like it could be the plumbing of a backwoods still.

29. August 2011 · Comments Off on Remembering New York · Categories: New York 2011

I neglected to post more pictures. While we were in New York it was a real pain to try and post any, because the Affinia Dumont, while nice, had the worst internet service ever. It would drop frequently, and I finally gave up. So today I’ll post a few more photos for anyone who wants to see where we were. (If you don’t, just don’t look!)

Speaking of the Affinia, the funniest part of that experience was listening to the concierge talking to a couple who were just starting their stay in New York. He was full of knowledge, especially of the musicals. Then he got to the Guggenheim. He told them they really should go past the building. He explained that it was shaped like a conch shell. He said something like, “It’s shaped like a conch shell. But you don’t need to go inside. The art there … it looks like it was done by a four year old! You know what I mean?” “Yes,” said the woman. But he went on, “Well, they did have a motorcycle exhibit once. That was good.” I had to control my desire to laugh out loud. I did laugh silently, though. 🙂

Okay … so now for a some photos … I’ll put ’em up smaller and if you want to see them larger just click on them.

I love that these were all over the road as we were ambling around the Cloisters. My initial! (Well, okay, it’s really a W, but I say it’s an M!)

And how do you get to Carnegie Hall? We just walked there. Sadly they were doing construction so it wasn’t great to photograph.

I need to adjust these two photos below … I don’t believe the sky was quite that blue. (Don’t you agree, Dan?)

I have a lot more pictures, but I’ll stop now. Really.

29. August 2011 · Comments Off on Free Tickets for Veterans and their Families · Categories: Free!, Opera

In support of the San Francisco Veterans Memorial Project, the San Francisco Opera is generously opening its final dress rehearsal for “Heart of a Soldier” — a true story of war, love, friendship and heroism through thelife of Vietnam Veteran and 9/11 Hero Rick Rescorla — to veterans, their families and guests. FREE OF CHARGE on September 7. (The event runs 9/10-30.)

Admission by guest pass only; Limit of 4 guest passes per person;

Pre-Rehearsal Reception 7 – 7:45 p.m. in Opera House Main Lobby

To order your guest passes: Register at the Marine’s Memorial web site OR Call MacKenzie Jakoubek at 415.673.6672, ext 215

I learned about it (and did a cut & paste from it) here.

29. August 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

when i ask my sister to stop screaming and shes like “IM NOT IM PLAYING MY OBOE” bahhahahha

Struggling Valiently

Evolving Unexpectedly

It’s difficult to know exactly what those mean, though.

… all because of classical music. Of course.

THE turkeys at the GreenAg farm of Kingsthorpe farmer Ewart Sylvester are a bit more spoilt than the turkeys on your average farm because they get to listen to music 24 hours a day.

And they are a little bit picky too, because it is classical and baroque music for these turkeys or nothing – hip hop and Black Sabbath just do not make the cut.

The music, which consists of a 10-track playlist that includes Mozart, is played to the turkeys so they can calmly go about their days.

Mr Sylvester, who has been farming turkeys for just more than one year, said the process enhanced the quality and texture of the meat. He said he was blown away by the technique.

“You would be amazed. It’s unbelievable,” he said.

Mr Sylvester said when he first started to farm the turkeys they would chirp and make a huge racket all day, but when the music started playing they became much happier and a lot calmer.

“Because of the music and the atmosphere they’re not so agitated,” he said.

“It’s a very holistic approach to farming, all so the animals can be the best they can be.”

… all so we can eat them later!


Hmmm. Would I want to chomp on a turkey that only recently was enjoying a Mozart concert?

29. August 2011 · Comments Off on Just For Fun · Categories: Videos

With thanks to Andrew Strizek!

29. August 2011 · Comments Off on Ponder This · Categories: Read Online

What is setting me off is a story this month in The Times about the uneasy marriage of music and technology, which includes symphony orchestras inviting audiences to wile away an hour with Tchaikovsky by tapping on their smartphones and iPads. I was heartened that reader comments about the desirability of these digital devices in the concert hall have been almost exclusively negative, pointing out that light is a disruption and that tweeting is an engagement in tweeting, not music. That’s hardly surprising. People who care about music are the ones who are truly engaged, and they are going to take the trouble to respond. Tweeters have already moved on.

This has nothing to do with technophobia but with big and serious issues, and ones that go beyond classical music. But first let us note who is primarily advocating bringing phones and tablets into the concert hall. Social media consultants are increasingly being hired by orchestras and other arts institutions and given the mandate to fill theaters and museums with young bodies by creating online video games, misleadingly marketing classical music as if it somehow related to pop culture like, say, reality TV. Any novel idea to scam the social networking system to get the word out is apparently also OK.

Do read the whole thing.

And then there’s the other side of all this: Out West Arts is angry about what Swed writes:

It’s hard to believe the Los Angeles Times employs a music critic as out-of-touch with contemporary culture as Mark Swed, but they do. He’s gone on the record in the past about his disdain for technology, and this weekend his latest salvo in some imaginary war between technology and classical music went up. He talks about what he calls “technological fascism” or the blind faith in services such as Twitter, Spotify, and the social media consultants who advocate the use of online technology by performing arts organizations to increase attendance. And as borderline offensive as appropriating the term “fascism” is to refer to something he objects to about marketing and the arts, his broader point is utter nonsense.

(Pretty clear that Out West doesn’t like Swed, yes?

Then figure it all out and get back to me, okay?

Meanwhile …

If you know me, you know I’m a computer addict. I blog. I tweet. I am on Facebook and Google +. I spend time “watching” a TV show or ballgame while a laptop is right in front of me. (And yes, sometimes I haven’t a clue what just happened on the tube and have to back things up and watch again, forcing myself to pay attention!)

But I also put all of that away when I want to really listen. I put it away if I want to immerse myself in music. I really hope others do that too. Paying attention. True listening. It takes full concentration. The same goes for movies, which is why I frequently opt to watch a mindless show. If I commit to a movie, the laptop has to be closed. Well, unless I’m watching the movie on the laptop! Active listening … active watching … it takes full concentration to get the “all of it.” I

Oh, and I never text, tweet, browse the web, or check email at church.

So far.