20. February 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

2nd day of classes was good. Played the oboe today and so far I like it. But, I can tell that this is going to be a challenging semester>/blockquote> (the writer of this is a brass player)

Paul Rissmann took ten movements from Prokofiev’s ballet music based on Shakespeare’s greatest love story, and after a while was interviewing the Conductor on his views on the movement called Romeo and Juliet. That finished Rachael Clegg, the evening’s Guest Principal Oboist had come forward to play a bit from the Dance movement.

When I first read this I wondered why the movement “finished” Ms. Clegg. Then I realized a comma would have set things right and she would have been unfinished after all. 😉

I also read this in the article:

The Orchestra’s Leader, Maya Iwabuchi, gave a very firm and unexpected ‘no’ to something she was asked, and shortly afterwards the Conductor was reminiscing about the piece.

… and “clapping their thighs”? Really now.

All that being quoted (all in good fun, mind you), it sounds like something that would be fun for a kiddie concert. Or maybe a “Meet the Classics” sort of thing. I doubt our regular audience would want something like this, but it does have its place.

I sure wonder what he asked her.

20. February 2012 · Comments Off on How Cool Is This? · Categories: Double Reed Days and Festivals

What a great idea! While this is its third year it’s the first I’ve heard about it.

The Ohio State University School of Music and OBOHIO present the third annual Double Reed Honors Invitational, Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Each spring, 12 to 15 high-school age bassoonists and oboists are invited to come to the School of Music for a unique experience in double reed performance and instruction. Students will begin the day with a master class with professionals and will engage in intense rehearsals with OSU undergraduate and graduate double reed students leading up to a recording session of their work.

Participants will be selected from those nominated by school or private instructors. We invite teachers to nominate students for this event using the downloadable form below. Students invited to participate will attend the day at no charge and will receive a copy of the completed recording. Lunch will be provided for all invitees.

RTWT & get the application

20. February 2012 · Comments Off on Traviata · Categories: Opera, Ramble

Yesterday was the first time I’d had issues with a solo in Traviata. There was just silence for a note … or was it two? Nothing there. I hate when that happens. I think, though, that it wasn’t as noticeable as I feared, as a good friend said he didn’t notice. (Thanks Mike! That really made me feel better!) Of course conductor, singers and orchestra noticed, and I am most embarrassed when I do an “oops” in front of colleagues, but such is life. (And the hardest thing is that after the performance no one wants to look me in the eye or speak to me!) But I am turning over a new leaf … or at least I’m attempting to do so. I’m letting this go. I had a bad moment. It is over. I will move on. I tell my students to do this all the time. You’d think I’d know how to do it myself by now!

Here’s the ad for the opera:

We have three more shows, and then I move on to Mahler. I really really really really (get the idea?!) need some reeds!

20. February 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

The Paris Opera Ballet was, as expected, awesome. Music was surprisingly okay. Kudos to the cello and oboe solos!! (:

20. February 2012 · Comments Off on The Funny Thing Is This Could Happen! · Categories: Read Online

Even something like a run in a stocking really can throw off one’s game, although I’m guessing Toni Rapier just has a very good sense of humor.

Then again …?

My mother was a piano teacher. My father taught French and Latin. He was a good audience. She started my sister and me on piano. Then my sister became a violinist and I became cellist. I started playing in the fifth grade and studied in Philadelphia under (famous cellist) Orlando Cole. I graduated from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where I met my husband, Wayne Rapier.
During his studies at Eastman, he became first oboist with the Indianapolis Symphony at age 19. Then he got first oboe in the Kansas City Philharmonic. At that time, I auditioned for it, but I had a run in my stocking, so I didn’t play as well as I could have and didn’t get in.
I went on to the University of Southern California where I was in the First Trojan String Quartet. But I only lasted three months. I was so in love with Wayne, I flew back to Kansas City, married Wayne and joined that orchestra (no run in the stocking this time!).

Read more: I AM PHIL: Phil cellists are mother-daughter team – Wareham, MA – Wicked Local Wareham http://www.wickedlocal.com/wareham/topstories/x248712386/I-AM-PHIL-Phil-cellists-are-mother-daughter-team#ixzz1mqod36Ra