I was to be involved in a UCSC recital this Friday, but one of the musicians is ill so our part of the recital is off. Instead I believe we’ll be playing on February 10. That works well for me, since I’ll be doing Traviata and in town. So what was going to be a week with rehearsals has been altered a wee bit. I still need to drive over the hill to UCSC, as I’m playing with the orchestra this quarter, but I’ll have a wee bit more time off, which is nice and very welcome.

It’s really rare to have to cancel something, and in this case only our half of the recital is canceled. I do remember we had to cancel a Nutcracker once, due to a power outage, thunder and lightning one evening meant a canceled outdoor performance, and another time I recall leaving part way through an outdoor performance of an opera (I think it was also a power outage that time, but I’m not certain). But I’ve been in this biz since 1975 and those are the only ones I’m remembering at this point. Anyone else?

Why can’t our symphony take a hint for a single season and require all music to be happy and something that can be appreciated, require all musicians to smile, and have an occasional encore when fans are in the mood?
Perhaps if the symphony goal was to have us leave every performance happy, they would have fewer financial problems.

Yep … someone really wrote that. But if you read the whole thing you’ll see where he is coming from.

This made me very, very sad. I am no longer happy. I don’t think he should write letters to the editor like that.

25. October 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Hey ladies! Want really plump lips for free?! Try playing the oboefor 8 hours and see how hot you’ll feel.

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Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba

Les Hautboys de Monsieur de Rohan – France – Oboes band – Entrée de la Reine de Saba extrait de Salomon – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba of Solomon

25. October 2011 · Comments Off on ACappellaTuesday™ · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™

Rajaton: Onni

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just got a high f out on my oboe #skills

25. October 2011 · Comments Off on Time To Reed Read! · Categories: Videos

The video below was shared by someone on twitter (@ericasipes), and due to another twitter reply (from @pnoman) I’m told they are featured in Driven: Six Incredible Musical Journeys, a book I was sent to read and write about. I need to get to it. It’s been sitting here for over a week.

Meanwhile … enjoy!

REPORTING FROM SEOUL -– There’s a musical mutiny playing out in this city’s hallowed concert hall, a discordant note not usually heard from the nation’s premier symphony orchestra.

Musicians in crucial chairs of the KBS Symphony Orchestra have either walked out or been dismissed, taking their instruments with them. Others are donning protest T-shirts and offering subpar work during practices and even some performances.

Such sourness stems not only from hard financial times and a trend toward declining salaries but the reappointment of an unpopular American-trained conductor. Many veteran musicians with the 55-year-old symphony orchestra are irate about controversial conductor Hahm Shinik, who many say can’t tell an oboe from a French horn.

“During rehearsals when the tune is off, the conductor doesn’t know,” one musician told the JoongAng Daily newspaper here. “Furthermore, he doesn’t recognize the distinction between different instruments.”

At rallies, the musicians have chanted: “We don’t want a circus. Make the unskilled conductor step down.”


I haven’t a clue what is true and what isn’t — I don’t know anyone connected to this orchestra and I’ve never heard of the conductor before. But what a horrendous article. It makes me ever so thankful for the groups I’m in! We sometimes have disagreements, but I can’t imagine anything like what I read in that article.