31. May 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Got asked what a “hautbois” was on my French placement exam–I knew taking nine years of Oboe would come in handy!!

For my bassoon playing pals who love Rite. Or not.

30. May 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I want to start a band with a percussion section of pots and pans. We’d be unique. Perhaps an oboe and a french horn to fill out the melody.

30. May 2013 · Comments Off on Friday … · Categories: Concert Announcements

… morning for those of us on the West Coast …

FREE Live webcast Friday, May 31 at 10:45 am EDT
Los Angeles 7:45 am / New York 10:45 am / Paris 4:45 pm / Tokyo 11:45 pm



The Program
Pianist extraordinaire André Watts closes the season with MacDowell’s second piano concerto, and Leonard Slatkin conducts a Detroit-inspired world premiere by Missy Mazzoli and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant fourth symphony.


Leonard Slatkin conductor
André Watts piano

BACH Suite No.3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String
MISSY MAZZOLI River Rouge Transfiguration
(world premiere and Lebenbom Award winner*)
MACDOWELL Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

* Missy Mazzoli is the winner of the Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers, granted annually to a living woman composer, of any age or nationality, in the spirit of recognizing and supporting the creation of new orchestral works by women. The award is inspired by the late Elaine Lebenbom, a composer, teacher, poet, artist, lecturer, and resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

… rehearsals begin! This is the final classic series week for Symphony Silicon Valley. We will be playing other things this summer, but Saturday and Sunday are the last “biggies”. I’ll be on English horn, and I do have a somewhat significant solo in the Concierto de Aranjuez that I’m looking forward to. I also play English horn and oboe in Ein Heldenleben. I’ve played both works before, and I see my notes on the Strauss part.

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I so love the Rodrigo!

Kaori Muraji, guitar: Concierto de Aranjuez

29. May 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I have a band like competition thingy on thursday but my oboe’s in repair help help help

28. May 2013 · Comments Off on Van Cliburn Competition · Categories: Cliburn Competition

I hadn’t realized that the Van Cliburn competition was happening. Oops! I enjoy watching and listening via their website by going here. You can see their schedule on this page. I’ll be checking things out tomorrow since it’s too late for anything today. I’m not sure if they are broadcasting the preliminary round or just the semifinals and finals.

28. May 2013 · Comments Off on Santa Cruz Symphony · Categories: Announcements

The Santa Cruz County Symphony Association announced Friday that it selected Daniel Stewart as its next music director.

Stewart succeeds John Larry Granger, who held the position for more than two decades.

Upon accepting the appointment, Stewart remarked, “It is with great joy that I look forward to joining the Santa Cruz County Symphony. I am particularly excited to contribute to the cultural life of this vibrant and inspiring part of the world, and to share my love and passion for music with an ever wider spectrum of the community.”

I read it here.

28. May 2013 · Comments Off on Yep. I think this way … · Categories: Read Online

Q A motto that you try to live by?

A I will credit it to my dad because it was absolutely him. You had to do one, at least one, kind thing for someone every day that no one else knew about. And when I was a kid, if I told my dad about it, it didn’t count. You had to go out and do another good thing. It had to be something you got no credit for. And I try to do that every day. I think being kind is very important.

This is from an interview with Patrick Summers.

I’ve always thought this way. Not that I do something kind every day, but that telling someone about it then diminished or even canceled out the “something kind”. Is that silly? Maybe. But now I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way!

28. May 2013 · Comments Off on Digital Symphony? · Categories: Videos

The world was surprised to witness a musical performance amazing National Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Republic, playing Georges Bizet – Carmen (Prelude) under the baton of Maestro Libor Pešek, Public Theater in Prague, replacing his instruments for smartphones, tablets and the like. To make the action possible, we created 227 different interfaces, all connected by a network WiFi Check!