The third to last opera is over ‘n out. During the quieter, more sensitive sections I managed to not cough. Only during the second act of Pagliacci did the cough suddenly decide to appear. It was quite awful, really, but it was during the louder sections when I wasn’t missed. Whew!

During the second intermission I met a blog reader. He’s a flutist and studies with a colleague of mine in Symphony Silicon Valley. So to that reader: What fun to meet you … so do drop me a line! And I apologize for not coming up to actually shake your hand, but you wouldn’t want to get near me at this point, what with my cold and all! I’m sorry, too, that I didn’t even really communicate with your friend. Where did my manners go? Ack! I blame the oboe. Or the reed. Or something like that.

Until Friday I pretty much put the oboe away and start preparing our Thanksgiving meal. (Well, I DO have one student tomorrow, which I do look forward to!) For our feast we will have vegan friendly food, vegetarian friendly food, and the traditional fixings as well. As I told a friend, we are “all food-faiths friendly”. 😉

I’m so looking forward to family and friends on Thursday!

22. November 2011 · Comments Off on Virtual Violin · Categories: Videos

When Eric Wan wheels onto Montreal’s Place des Arts stage Tuesday, the audience will soon forget that the solo violinist is quadriplegic.

Paralyzed from the neck down, Wan will be playing violin with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Wanda Kaluzny.

The concert will mark the world stage debut of the Virtual Music Instrument that Wan helped develop as a graduate student in engineering at the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.

A fundraiser, the event will also feature performances by violinist Adrian Anantawan, who was born without a right hand, and quadriplegic dancer France Geoffroy and her company Corpuscule Danse.

Conductor Kaluzny said her orchestra has in the past proudly showcased new finds from musical discoveries to soloists and now it’s a high-tech virtual instrument.

“It’s really exciting to be part of it — as a development, it’s huge, it’s going to change everything,” Kaluzny said.

For Wan, 33, who trained as violinist before he was paralyzed, the event will allow him to play music again with professional musicians on a formal stage — something he once believed would be impossible because of his disability.


22. November 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Good conversations and a bit of oboe playing before work. Good times! Can’t wait to play some more! <3 oboe

22. November 2011 · Comments Off on ACappellaTuesday™ · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™

John Wilbye (baptized 7 March 1574 – September 1638): Weep, weep mine eyes
Taipei Chamber Singers

Weep, weep, mine eyes, my heart can take no rest.
Weep, weep, my heart, mine eyes shall ne’er be blest.
Weep eyes, weep heart, and both this ac-cent cry:
A thou-sand deaths I die, Flaminia.
Ay me, ah ah cruel Fortune! ay me.
Now, Leander, to die I fear not.
Death, do thy worst! I care not!
I hope when I am dead in Elysian plain
To meet, and there with joy we’ll love again.

22. November 2011 · Comments Off on Because Sometimes … · Categories: Ramble

it does feel a little like this when I’m coughing …

Since I’m never hesitant about whining, readers know I’ve been a bit under the weather, and when I’m feeling crummy the blog goes “BlogLite” just as the brain is “BrainLite”. Or something like that.

I think I’m feeling better this morning — at least I woke up with only a slight headache and no migraine! At the end of a cold, though, I always have to deal with the pattycough™. This cough can last for up to a month. It happens primarily at night. It’s uncontrollable. It’s loud. It’s annoying for both me and those around me. It especially likes to make itself known when I’m on stage or in the pit and things are being played pianissimo. I have one opera tonight before a break until Friday. I’ll have my cough drops on my little tray, but I hate using them when I’m trying to play (bad on the reeds, and annoying to have in one’s mouth when blowing on that reed!). We’ll see how things go. I try to cough “ahead of time”, when things are quite loud, hoping that will take care of things for a while. Sometimes that works. Sometimes not. I’m hopeful that by the next week the cough will at least have settled down a bit: I have Symphony Silicon Valley concerts overlapping with a choral group that has hired SSV to play (I’d post information about that here, but it’s a mystery to me: I can’t find a single thing online. We’ve been told it’s the “A# Chorus”. Anyone have a clue?), so it’s a very busy week.

But yes, I’ve been ill, so this blog has been neglected even more than usual. I’m debating about December — do I blog or do I just post Advent and Christmas music? Hmm. Just not sure at this point. If any readers have suggestions do tell. Not that I always listen …. 🙂

22. November 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

i want to play the oboe ^.^ ima ask for it next year.