31. May 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I go early to my oboe lessons to hang out with the stray cats in my teacher’s neighborhood hahaha

30. May 2014 · Comments Off on Oh This Is Wonderful! · Categories: Listen, Videos, Watch

Just. Wow.

From the YouTube page:

University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Conceived by James Ross
Movement Design by Liz Lerman

Vincent E. Thomas, choreographic collaborator
Martha Wittman, performing collaborator
Enrico Lopez-Yanez, Young Man

Jedidiah Roe, Lighting Design
Video by Christian Amonson, Artslaureate, http://artslaureate.com
Audio recorded and mastered by Antonino d’Urzo, Opusrite™

Performed May 2 and 4, 2014, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Country Fair: http://ter.ps/5sm
Simple Gifts: http://ter.ps/5sn

Movement is inherent in the act of making music; yet, its impact is often overlooked in the orchestral setting. In 2012, Liz Lerman and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) explored the relationship between movement and music in a fully choreographed and critically-acclaimed performance of Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun.” The musicians of UMSO were the dancers as well as the players. They discovered that playing from memory while moving onstage, while challenging, actually improved their ability to communicate with and listen to each other. Classical music critic Anne Midgette of the Washington Post called the performance “one of the standout performances of my many years in Washington.”

In May, 2014, Lerman and her team of collaborators (James Ross, Vincent Thomas, Martha Wittman, and UMSO) delved deeper into this connection between movement and music in “Appalachian Spring,” a work that was originally commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in 1943 as one of three new ballets to be choreographed by American modern dance icon, Martha Graham; the music was composed by Aaron Copland and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. This performance by UMSO alternates between the 13-instrument and the full orchestral version of the suite. The choreography is influenced by American folk dance, the gestures musicians make while playing their instruments, and the unmitigated sense of hopefulness in the music itself.

30. May 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Last time Playing Oboe for high School. Unsure of WHEN / if I’ll Play again, but I’m happy I’ve Done it.

29. May 2014 · Comments Off on Anyone in NYC? · Categories: Recital

Alex just emailed me (hi Alex!) with a link to this video and his recital info.

Update with info!

St James Church
865 Madison Ave, New York, NY
Alex Liedtke, oboe
Christopher Jennings, organ/piano

JS Bach – Oboe sonata in gm
JS Bach – Trio sonata in CM
Henry Martin – Prelude and Fugue in D
Eugene Bozza – Fantasie Pastorale
Maurice Drufle – Sicilenne
Malcolm Arnold – Sonatina
Oliveier Messiaen – Transports de joie

29. May 2014 · Comments Off on Thank you, Joyce DiDonato · Categories: Other People's Words

Ah, Joyce DiDonato, you once again nail it! (Do read the whole thing … it’s so very worth it.)

May I admit that this made me cry? Yes. I may. And I will.

This. Made. Me. Cry.

I need to remember … we all can remember …

You will never make it.
The work will never end.
It’s not about you.
The world needs you.

You … are now servants to the ear that needs quiet solace, and the eye that needs the consolation of beauty, servants to the mind that needs desperate repose or pointed inquiry, to the heart that needs invitation to flight or silent understanding, and to the soul that needs safe landing, or fearless, relentless enlightenment. You are a servant to the sick one who needs healing through the beauty and peace of the symphony you will compose through blood-shot eyes and sleepless nights. You are an attendant to the lost one who needs saving through the comforting, probing words you will conjure up from the ether, as well as from your own heroic moments of strife and triumph. You are a steward to the closed and blocked one who needs to feel that vital, electric, joyful pulse of life that eludes them as they witness you stop time as you pirouette and jettè across the stage on your tired legs and bleeding toes. You are a vessel to the angry and confused one who needs a protected place to release their rage as they watch your eyes on the screen silently weep in pain as you relive your own private hell. You are a servant to the eager, naïve, optimistic ones who will come behind you with wide eyes and wild dreams, reminding you of yourself, as you teach and shape and mold them, even though you may be plagued with haunting doubts yourself, just as your teachers likely were – and you will reach out to them and generously invite them to soar and thrive, because we are called to share this thing called Art.

29. May 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I’m convinced That if you Blow into a Straw hard enough it would make the same noise as an Oboe . # Sorrynotsorry

28. May 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I’m Gonna burn your Oboe

27. May 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Nothing Makes the Heart flutter with Anticipation Like the Lilt of the # Oboe .

26. May 2014 · Comments Off on Composer/conductor Esa-Pekka’s Verse Orchestrating for iPad · Categories: Videos

26. May 2014 · Comments Off on Guess I Won’t Be Flying US Air · Categories: Videos

(Sorry about the language, but this needs to be posted.) Really, US Airways? REALLY?

From the YouTube page:

“Time For Three” news: Zach and I (Nick) are on our way to meet up with our bassist, Ranaan Meyer, to play at the Artosphere Arts and Nature Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We were trying to make a connection in Charlotte, and the captain and crew told us that our violins were not allowed on the flight! They literally left us alone on the tarmac without any direction. Amazing! Are violins dangerous? It’s hard enough to make it as a classical musician. Cut us some slack, PLEASE!!!