14. September 2012 · Comments Off on Just Listen · Categories: Listen, Videos

Henry Purcell: When I am laid in earth ~ Dido and Aeneas, Z. 193 | Andreas Scholl

14. September 2012 · Comments Off on Made Me Smile · Categories: Yahoo! Answers

I just got my first oboe today. I have played clarinet for a few years, and would say I am an Intermediate player, maybe not professional but you get the point. I want some tips on playing it, such as embouchure tips, how NOT to break the reed, protecting the oboe, maintenance, etc. I already know about soaking the reed for a little bit if it’s new, and the basic embouchure as well. Also, after I have been able to play some simple songs, what about some help with tone and vibrato, too? Feel free to use any musically nerdy words as you want.

The “maybe not professional…” really did make me smile.

And, okay, I sort of rolled my eyes too. You get the idea. 😉

I read it here.

14. September 2012 · Comments Off on Oh, I Want This HERE! · Categories: Read Online

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Parsons The New School for Design to re-imagine traditional concert dress for musicians.

The orchestra announced Thursday that 16 students from Parsons in New York City will spend this semester working to create new concepts for fashionable attire. Concert black has been the status quo for hundreds of years.


… is that a sarrusophone? Do tell! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this beast before. (And if I have, I’ve since forgotten … I blame the oboe.)

This is the Hexagon Ensemble. A new group to me!

Looks like you can see and hear the full concert here. I’ve not done so yet … time for me to pull out the English horn and get to work!

14. September 2012 · Comments Off on Call Me Maybe · Categories: Videos

Creative. Fun.

Most important, of course, is the oboist. In case you are wondering, her name is Sonja Peterson.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s summer hit of 2012, realized in its full choral/orchestral glory.
Arranged by Colin Britt and Arianne Abela, orchestrated by Colin Britt.
Performed by the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra, a volunteer pickup ensemble conducted by Arianne Abela.
Recorded in New Haven on Sept. 3, 2012.

PS Don’t call me. Email is the better. 😉

14. September 2012 · Comments Off on Too Darn Good Not To Share! · Categories: Videos

I think I really like this guy, even if he plays for the Steelers! “Polamalu’s favorite pastimes include surfing, growing flowers, making furniture and playing the piano.” (Read on Wikipedia.)

14. September 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

You know what sucks? When your sinuses start acting up, you have a really bad gag reflex, and you have to try to play the oboe.