10. June 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

I so wanted to play the oboe but my pretty friend got to play it instead. Ended up with violin. NOT THE SAME at all

10. June 2013 · Comments Off on Handel Festival Canceled · Categories: Announcements

The Handel Festival in Halle has been cancelled due to severe flooding, with some areas of the city under seven metres of water.

The festival has been held in the city – where Handel was born – since 1922. Of the composer’s 42 operas, 40 have been performed as part of the festival.

This year’s edition was due to take place from 6-16 June at over 30 locations and around 40,000 visitors were expected. The programme included performances of Handel’s oratorio Messiah, and his operas Alessandro and Acis and Galatea.

But over recent weeks much of central Europe has been badly flooded and in Halle itself the river Saale has burst its banks.

The organisers announced that the festival was to be cancelled in a statement on the website in which they also asked for understanding from all those hoping to attend.

I read it here.

10. June 2013 · Comments Off on Nashville Symphony & Bank Of America · Categories: Read Online, Symphony

Bank of America has initiated foreclosure proceedings against the Nashville Symphony.
According to a legal notice from the bank, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center is slated for a public auction June 28 at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Davidson County Courthouse.
The symphony has been negotiating with a bank group, led by Bank of America, concerning $102 million in debt tied to construction of the Schermerhorn.
The symphony’s board voted in April to not renew a letter of credit with Bank of America. The symphony still owes $82.3 million on the downtown concert hall.
The bank’s move doesn’t come as a surprise, coming a few days after Bank of America appointed a successor trustee for the symphony’s loan, typically a first step toward foreclosure.
The Nashville Symphony can file for bankruptcy protection at any point between now and the scheduled auction to halt the foreclosure sale.


… I encourage you to attend this concert on Tuesday evening. Sadly it’s a wee bit far for me.

I heard Gonzalo Ruiz a while back here in the Bay Area. I also heard him a few years ago. What a wonderful player! And there is something so incredibly wonderful about the sound of Baroque instruments. Truly … check it out. Then you can report back to me!

Symphonie des Dragons
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, director

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Au Goût du Soldat: Refining Regimental Music in France and Germany
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall
Symphonie des Dragons brings together many of America’s finest wind players under the direction of Gonzalo X. Ruiz—BEMF’s principal oboist, professor at Juilliard, and one of the world’s most acclaimed practitioners of the instrument. This exciting program traces the civilizing influence of the oboe band on military and ceremonial music between 1680 and 1720, from simple marches and field music, through the more refined martial works of the Philidor manuscript and Lully, to the fully realized masterworks of Krieger, Fasch, and Zelenka. A full complement of oboes and bassoons—with doubling on recorders—rounded out by guitar and percussion makes this an ensemble unlike any other ever heard at BEMF.

Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Debra Nagy, Kathryn Montoya, Priscilla Smith, Kristin Olson, Cameron Kirkpatrick, Luke Conklin, Stephen Bard, Samuel Budish, Aaron Reichelt, & Jeanine Krause, oboe & recorder; Nate Hagelson, Dominic Teresi & Rachel Begley, bassoon; Charles Weaver, guitar


Suite in G from the Philidor Collection
Suite in F from the Philidor Collection
Suite in C from the Philidor Collection
La Marche Suisse
Marche des Pompes Funebres de Mademoiselle la Dauphine par Mr. Paisible (The Queen’s Farewell)
Marche de Savoye fait par Mr. de Lully
Anonymous: Pomerisches Chaconne
Handel: Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5
Krieger: First Suite from Die Lustige Feldmusik, 1704
Suite in D from the Philidor Collection