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

“So, was the oboe an early version of the guitar?” – actual question from class today. Same guy that asked our professor if Gregorian Chant was the same music from Halo. Lulz

(Actually the Gregorian Chant question makes sense.)

23. February 2012 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Videos

Mandarin Ducks by Phil Salathé (http://philsalathe.com/)

Ling-Fei Kang, oboe
Charles Huang, English horn

Hey … I know this guy! 🙂

… and I know that hall, that stage, those musicians ….

I just read the following in a news article. The words were spoken by a youth symphony member, demonstrating her bassoon to children:

Of all the woodwind instruments, she said it is the only one that has a double reed.

“I can play songs with just my reed. It sounds like a bug,” she said before playing “Happy Birthday.” “It doesn’t play a lot of different music, only baroque, which means it sounds sad.”

Oh dear.

… and yep, another young’un!

Mary Lynch joins The Cleveland Orchestra as second oboe in August 2012, succeeding Elizabeth Camus, who became a member of the Orchestra in 1979 and retired in August 2011. Born in Washington, DC, Ms. Lynch is currently completing her master of music degree at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Elaine Douvas and Nathan Hughes. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with John Ferrillo. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was a student of Daniel Stolper.

Ms. Lynch was principal oboe of the New York String Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. While a student in Boston, she performed as co-principal oboe of the Discovery Ensemble (2008-10), and as a frequent substitute with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. During recent summers, she has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. Lynch was the soloist in the premiere of Benjamin Pesetsky’s Oboe Concerto, which took place in Boston in 2009. She also performed as soloist with the Borromeo String Quartet as a winner of their 2009 Guest Artist Award. In 2010, the Boston Woodwind Society selected her as winner of the Ralph Gomberg Oboe Award. Ms. Lynch is currently a Morse Fellow at the Juilliard School, and earlier was awarded a Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowship from the New England Conservatory as a member of the woodwind quintet Sirocco Winds. With Sirocco, she presented educational concerts sponsored by the Virginia Arts Festival, Rockport Chamber Music, and Concord Chamber Music Society.

Continue reading here.

Congratulations to her!

It’s funny to read about her predecessor, who started in 1979 and is now retired. Oh dear … I joined San Jose Symphony (RIP) in 1975. Hmm.

Retirement time, maybe?

Then again, I’m guessing a career in Cleveland meant a wee bit better salary, and the ability too retire?!

23. February 2012 · 4 comments · Categories: TQOD

I think the oboe is certainly my favorite musical instrument, but the bassoon and the kazoo are also very close contenders for that title.