03. June 2013 · Comments Off on NY Phil Audition · Categories: Auditions

(If anyone has the repertoire and wants to share it with us that would be great fun!)


Employment to begin at mutually agreed upon dates based on availability of chosen candidates.

Applicants may receive information regarding this audition by sending a one-page written resume to this office. RESUME DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2013

Auditions will be held in the Fall of 2013.

Application information will be sent upon receipt of resume.

I read it here, and you can see more info there.

03. June 2013 · Comments Off on Kenneth Branagh, Mozart and The Magic Flute · Categories: Movies, MozartMusicMatters™, Opera

I’ve been waiting for this!

The Magic Flute

Opens 6/9/2013
Coming to: Camera 3 Downtown San Jose

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Rene Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova and Silvia Moi

Synopsis: U.S. Premiere, followed by Q&A via webcast with Director (Sunday only)! Mozart’s classic opera is breathtakingly transformed in Branagh’s spectacular film version set against the backdrop of World War I, with a newly-adapted libretto by Stephen Fry. With musical director James Conlon conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the film showcases opera stars Rene Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova and Silvia Moi in a romantic adventure story of humanity and fellowship, weaving drama with comedy in a brilliant marriage of opera and cinema.

Running Time: 134 Minutes

Seen here. It’s showing in places around the US. To see if it’s in your area go here.

Sooooo … I’m at that “certain age”. Every woman gets there eventually. I got there later than most. But here I am. And it’s really not so hot. And yet it is very hot.

Go figure.

Yes, indeed, it’s been hot flash time for a few months now.

So far I’m dealing fine, but let me tell you, when you are about to play a solo and a hot flash hits it’s just not that much fun. Of course what can one do but deal, but still, I wish I could hold up a sign saying, “This is a little bit more difficult at the moment because I am currently burning up from the inside out.” Or at least a sign that says “Yes, I’m really hot.” But no, no signs, and still I deal. I have no choice.

That is all.

You’re welcome.


03. June 2013 · Comments Off on Because I have it blasting right now … · Categories: Videos

Via Crucis, Maria
Performers: Barbara Furtuna and L’Arpeggiata

03. June 2013 · Comments Off on And Now We Are Done … Sort Of · Categories: Ramble

Last week was a special week for Symphony Silicon Valley. I felt as if we we were playing better than ever, and I was able to enjoy the solos I had … once I figured out the breathing possibilities for the final Strauss solo I had on English horn.

Even going into performance I wasn’t exactly sure which breaths I’d take, so I had my part marked with possibilities and took what I needed. I haven’t done that before! During the week I listened to four recordings of the solo: each player differed in interpretation. At that point I realized that it really was up to me (the conductor hadn’t given me any indication he had a preference) and that there seemed to be no hard and fast rules about it. That freed me up a good bit.

The Rodrigo solos are ones that I just love and have great fun playing. In that work I just try to be as expressive as possible, playing the first entrance somewhat softer than the second (just as marked). It’s not a work to get terribly stressed over, really, even while it is much more exposed than anything in the Strauss.

I was so happy to see that I was included in Richard Scheinin’s review. More importantly, though, the fabulous Christina Mok, concertmaster for the set, who I found simply amazing. Also, and very deservedly so, horn player Meredith Brown and trumpeter Kale Cumings were mentioned, as were the wonderful wind players Michael Corner (clarinet), Pamela Hakl (oboe) and Deborah Kramer (bassoon). But really, everyone on stage was great. The effort every musician put in was tremendous.

The solo guitarist, Jason Vieaux, was great. Musical and fun and lots of fun to listen to.

And the conductor, Tatsuya Shimono … well, I most certainly hope he returns. He was wonderful!

Can you tell I had a super week? I hope so.

Of course today I’m going over in my head what I should have done differently, and wondering if I really was okay. I do that every “day after”. It’s just how my brain works.

And so our season ends, but we still have a few jobs for the summer. Next up is a Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale concert. I’m a huge fan of choral music, so I’m looking forward to this.

03. June 2013 · Comments Off on Cicada Music · Categories: Videos

03. June 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Oh no that’s an oboe or however tf you spell it.