17. February 2014 · Comments Off on String Skier · Categories: Read Online

Classical music has managed to take center stage at sports events in the last few weeks. Soprano Renée Fleming sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl two weekends ago. And the Russian-born Anna Netrebko, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, appeared at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony to perform the Olympic Anthem.

However, no one asked either of those opera stars to perform athletic feats. Leave those to 35-year-old British violinist Vanessa-Mae, who is scheduled to ski for Thailand in the women’s giant slalom Tuesday, Feb. 18.

First marketed as a child prodigy in the late 1980s, Vanessa-Mae later found huge success as a crossover musician with an overtly sexy image. In 2006, London’s Sunday Times put her at the very top of its list of the U.K.’s wealthiest young entertainers. Her fortune, then estimated at £32 million, beat out the likes of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and actors Orlando Bloom and Daniel Radcliffe.

Yet Vanessa-Mae has long dreamed of a second life as an Olympic alpine skier. And she’s found an interesting way to fulfill that desire.

In the latest international rankings for women’s giant slalom, Vanessa-Mae comes in only at No. 2,253. “I am British, but realistically there is no way I could represent my own country,” the violinist told The Telegraph in 2010. “But because my natural father is Thai, they have accepted me.”


17. February 2014 · Comments Off on The Music Might Leave You Cold · Categories: Videos

Well, if you were auditioning for San Francisco principal oboe, it would be a WHOLE LOT.

Tape Repertoire List

Orchestra Repertoire:

Mahler Symphony No. 1 1st movement:
Reh. 1 to 4 after Reh. 1
2 bars before Reh. 13 (one measure only)

Bach Cantata No. 202
No. 7; mm. 1 – 22

Berlioz Benvenuto cellini
Reh. 11 to Reh. 12

Stravinsky Song of the Nightengale
4th bar of Reh. 58 to 1 bar after Reh. 61

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1
2nd movement; 1 bar after A to B

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
2nd movement; letter A to 13 bars after C

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
Dance of the Knights; Reh 86 to Reh. 87

Audition Repertoire List:

Solo repertoire:

Mozart Quartet for Oboe and Strings

Satie Gymnopedie
#3 mm. 5-27

Orchestral Repertoire

Bach Cantata No. 202
Aria 7; mm. 1-22

Barber Symphony No. 1
7 before Reh. 34 – 36

Beethoven Fidelio
Introduction to Act II; beginning to 3 after ‘I’

Berlioz Ben Venuto Cellini
Reh. 11 – 12

Bizet Symphony in C
Mvmt I; Reh. 7 to 3 after Reh. 9
Mvmt II; pickup to Reh. 7 to end

Brahms Nanie
Andante; beginning to B

Copland Symphony No. 3
Mvmt II; Reh. 37 – 43
Mvmt IV; Reh. 88 – 90; Reh. 112-114; Reh. 115-117

Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses
Mvmt I; 4 before A through 4 before C; 8 before E through 5 before G

Ibert Escales
Mvmt II; complete

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mvmt II; beginning to 1 after Reh. 3
Mvmt VI; beginning to Reh. 3; Reh. 7-9

Symphony No. 3
Mvmt II; beginning through m. 9 (Minuet solo)

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3
Mvmt II; beginning through m. 30; 5 before C to 13 after C

Mozart Abduction from the Seraglio
Overture; beginning through m. 35
Act III; B through 5 after C

Mussorgsky Prelude to Khovanschina
B to C

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
Dance of the Knights; Reh. 86 – 87

Ravel Daphnis and Chloe
Reh. 2 – 3

Mother Goose Suite
Reh. 19 through 4 after Reh. 21

Le Tombeau de Couperin
Forlane; Reh. 6 – 8
Minuet; beginning – Reh. 4

Respighi Gli Uccelli
The Dove Solo; beginning to Reh. 6

Rossini Italian Girl in Algiers
m. 9-16; m. 26-28; m. 82-90; m. 192-196

Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3
Mvmt. I; 7 bars after A though 12 bars after A

Schubert Symphony No. 8
Andante; m. 84 through C; mm. 207-224

Shostakovich Symphony No. 1
Mvmt III, Lento; beginning to 1 after Reh. 1

R. Strauss Don Quixote
1 before Reh. 2 to 9 after Reh. 2

Der Rosenkavalier 3 bars after Reh. 25 – 30

Stravinsky Song of the Nightingale
3 bars before Reh. 59 – 61

Russian Dance; 4 after Reh. 34 to 35, 8 after Reh. 42 for 11 measures

Double Pas-de-Quatre; complete

Tchiakovsky Swan Lake
No. 1 Scene; beginning through Reh. 1

Symphony No. 1 Mvmt II; 1 after A – B

Verdi Aida
Act II, Ballabile; 9 after E – G
Act III, Introduzione; C – F

Wagner Lohengrin
Prelude to Act III; m. 56 through m. 72

Prelude to Act I; 18 bars before Reh. 32 – 33

The Official Pitch of the San Francisco Symphony is A = 441

17. February 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

“Wow that oboe practice session was really fun!” -a really cool person, aka me

17. February 2014 · Comments Off on Butterfly: Opera Review · Categories: Opera, Reviews

Looks like Mr. Scheinin liked it. Nice! 🙂

Both Saturday and Sunday’s opening performances were rewarded with standing ovations. From what I can hear, the singers sound great!

17. February 2014 · Comments Off on Hmmm … Okay Then … · Categories: Havin' Fun

I’ll just let this one speak for itself.