30. September 2013 · Comments Off on Review Number Two · Categories: Reviews

David Bratman (SFCV) liked it a bit more. 🙂

This past week Symphony Silicon Valley had our opening concerts. I really wasn’t terribly nervous about the solos in Symphonie Fantastique prior to rehearsals: the solos are in a range that doesn’t make me fret. There are no low note attacks. There is nothing to worry about. They are the type of solos that “fit” me. So I’m happy to play them.

Except that the first notes of the solo are, according the part, the first notes I play on English horn!

But not really. I play a few notes in the second movement when no one can hear. It’s just an “I want to be safe” kind of thing. I honestly think I could get away without playing any, but I don’t want to stress out!

After rehearsal number one, though, I did begin to get nervous. I guess it’s just my way! I wasn’t stressed out. I wasn’t so nervous I was fearful. It was just that usually nerve kind of thing. No biggie. But ear worms galore. (Miraculously they are GONE today!)

The first half of the concert had nothing stressful for me at all. I was on second oboe, and both works had nothing worrisome. They were just fun. I like that. It’s like being on near-vacation or something.

Of course I wondered what the reviewer would think, but I thought I played well. I especially thought my solos on Saturday night were good. So whether the reviewer(s) liked what I did or not, I wasn’t too concerned. Turns out the reviewer for the Mercury News didn’t think anything at all about what I did. At least not enough to mention my name in the review. Again, I’m just not all that concerned, so I wasn’t upset. Honest. (I know some folks worried that I might be. Nope.) I guess I’ve grown up enough that I’m learning to trust what I think about my performance.

Some were also concerned that I would be upset about missing a solo bow one performance. Nope. That didn’t bug me either. Conductors are so busy and have so much on their plates, that forgetting a player can happen (besides, one person attending insisted I was given a bow and I didn’t take it!). A solo bow just doesn’t really matter to me. Again, I’m being quite honest about this.

Maybe I’m finally growing up!

Naw. Never.

In any case, I will publicly say I believe I played well. I was content with my performance. I am a happy camper.

Well, except I don’t camp!

30. September 2013 · Comments Off on They Said No · Categories: News, Read Online

The situation remains very fluid,” said Blois Olson, the spokesman for the players. “The musicians are trying to present creative alternatives that would save the Minnesota Orchestra and its relationship with Osmo Vanska as we know it.”

Those alternatives, Mr. Olson added, would include changes in the orchestra’s artistic and management structure.


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

OK I’ll put up a Listing to Sell my Oboe Tonight! Need $$

30. September 2013 · Comments Off on I Know There’s A Joke In Here Somewhere · Categories: News, Read Online

… but I just don’t have the energy to think of one!

About 1 year ago we reported that renowned Japanese architect Arata Isozaki will team up with British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor to create an inflatable concert hall. Dubbed Arc Nova, the mobile venue will tour the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged areas of Tohoku, delivering hope and encouragement in the form of music.

Well it appears that the structure is almost complete. Photos on their facebook page reveal what the interior and exterior of the completed structure looks like. Arc Nova takes about 2 hours to inflate and holds roughly 500 people. The wooden benches were completed during a workshop in August, in which volunteers showed up and used wood from tsunami-damaged cedar trees at Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima.