31. May 2012 · Comments Off on It’s BachTrac™ Time · Categories: BachTrac™

I’ve never been comfortable with playing the unaccompanied Bach … I hate taking a breath and so I crash and burn. I prefer to just listen, thank you very much!

Juan Manuel García-Cano Ruiz, oboe.
Concierto Docente de la Cátedra de oboe
de Hanjörg Schellenberger. Prof. Asistente: Víctor Manuel Ánchel
Auditorio SONY Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía

31. May 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I’ve decided that I’m starting a new band. Rehearsal begins on the morrow. We will be needing a few instruments. Oboe, Sax, Clarinet, Upright Bass, Banjo, Piano/Keyboard/Synthesizer, Trumpet, Trombone, Washboard, Accordion & general Drums (must be capable of both blues and jazz styles) please contact me. Those of us already involved would like to get started as soon as possible. We have a LOT of plans and would like to be as all-inclusive / well-rounded & hearty as possible. I have classical training, as do a few other people. Please come ready to create art. Love you all.

31. May 2012 · Comments Off on Doc Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) · Categories: Losses

31. May 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Guy next to me finishing his doctorate in oboe, to sub with MN opera. I don’t have the heart to tell him it’s not pronounced “Turandoh.”

31. May 2012 · Comments Off on Wagner In Israel · Categories: Read Online

A classical music event in Israel is expected to break the country’s taboo on performing the music of Richard Wagner, the 19th century German composer and a well-known anti-Semite.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week that the event, scheduled for June 18, will feature orchestral musicians performing selections from Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” and other operas.


30. May 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

U know how i play the oboe people always ask me whats the difrence betweine the oboes mouth-pece or reed & the clarinets u know what people LOOK IT UP!!!!! thats what google is for!!!

(I would suggest this Facebook person use a dictionary!)

30. May 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Just saw my brother play oboe solos. What a boss:)

I’m playing Mary Poppins for two weeks. It’s all a bit surreal, since my mother died on Monday and our first rehearsal was Monday, but that’s the life of a musician: we don’t get to take a rehearsal off and still play the job. If we don’t play the job we don’t get paid. I love my work, and I wouldn’t trade it, but this is one of the things that can cause difficulties.

That being said, this post isn’t about that, really. (I guess I just felt like whining …?!) It’s more about that whole “Spoonful of Sugar” thing Mary talks about. Seems to me they need to change the words.

… and who knew that “aspoonful” was one word, eh?

29. May 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe, Videos

… I’ve had “Jolly Holiday With Mary” (from Mary Poppins) stuck in my head for days. Sad, but true. So here … let’s try to change that with this oboe duo:

No names were listed or you know I’d put ’em up.

Update The musicians are Alex (on the right) and Alberto. (Thanks, Alex!)

An orchestra — not in California — is deciding which of five conducting candidates will win a job. In an article I read they provided the reader with a “what our critic said” blurb for each conductor. With names removed, here are those blurbs (GRPR=gender revealing pronoun removed):

  • [Name removed] didn’t directly address the audience, but [GRPR] didn’t ignore it, either. [GRPR] dignified bows and smiles showed [GRPR] appreciated the applause, but [GRPR] also was quick to recognize soloists and key performances throughout.
  • Seeking to allay the concerns of the type of symphony patrons who are averse to new music … [GRPR] noted that when Beethoven’s Fifth premiered, its use of trombone, piccolo and bassoon would have been considered strange and loud. [GRPR] also noted that the premiere came in 1808 — “the year before Lincoln was born.” If nothing else, the [gender revealing noun removed] knows how to play to a Springfield crowd.
  • … stage presence became a little smaller, particularly during (harpist [name removed]) [name removed] extended solos. That’s entirely appropriate when the featured guest is in the spotlight. [Name removed] seemed very confident on the concert closer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” with larger and more energetic gestures.
  • Of course, the orchestra played the Shostakovich music well and [name removed] … was generous with handshakes and acknowledging soloists. If this is the sort of music we can expect from [GRPR], the orchestra would be in good hands.
  • [name removed] and the orchestra had a lot to juggle, but none of the balls fell to the floor. The performance was confident rather than tentative, and the musicians seemed inspired by playing music they don’t often get to perform.

    Comments? I’m a bit flummoxed.

    Or maybe I just wanted to use that word.