07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Carion Plays Nielsen · Categories: Videos, WWQuintet

… not all of it … but here’s a snippet. I believe this will be on their upcoming DVD.

From the YouTube Page:
Denmark’s best known woodwind quintet CARION celebrates Denmark’s best known composer’s 150th anniversary with this brand new recording his masterpiece – Quintet op. 43

Recorded in Carlsberg Museum (Old Glyptothek), Copenhagen

Dora Seres, flute
Egils Upatnieks, oboe/english horn
Eg?ls Š?fers, clarinet
David M.A.P. Palmquist, horn
Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen, bassoon


07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Congratulations to Annie and Isabelle! · Categories: Read Online

Flutist Annie Wu, an 18-year-old senior at Foothills High School in Pleasanton, was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She is one of six Presidential Scholars from California in both academics and the arts.

The other two Californians selected for arts scholarship are Gabriela F. Campo of Glendale and Angela T. Francis of Los Angeles.

Wu’s teacher, Opera San Jose principal flutist Isabelle Chapuis, was cited by the White House Commission as Annie’s “most influential teacher.” Chapuis says “I first auditioned Annie when she was 12. Within a few minutes, I knew she was that one-in-a-million talent that every teacher dreams will one day appear on her doorstep.”

Just last week, Wu was admitted to a five-year dual degree program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. At completion of the program, she will receive a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Masters in Music degree from the Conservatory, where she will study with virtuoso flutist Paula Robison.

I’ve met Annie, and I’ve heard her on YouTube. She’s quite the wonderful musician, and of course her flute teacher is a dear, dear friend!


07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Irene Dalis Article · Categories: Opera, Read Online

On Nov. 30, 1957, a 32-year-old singer named Irene Dalis made her broadcast debut from New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, where she would reign for 20 years. Before the performance — beamed live from the Met’s stage to a national radio audience — announcer Milton Cross asked Dalis how she would like to be introduced.

“Well,” she replied, “you’ll have to tell them that I’m from San Jose.”

Now 88 years old, sharp as a tack and still the motivating force behind Opera San Jose, which she founded 30 years ago, Dalis sits in her office and reflects on that story and on her life since. She is retiring. On June 30, she will let go of “my baby,” as she calls the South Bay opera company, ceding her position as general director to Larry Hancock, her hand-groomed successor.

Irene Dalis is 88 years old, sharp as a tack, and still the brains and motivating force behind Opera San Jose, which she founded 30 years ago. But the the
Irene Dalis is 88 years old, sharp as a tack, and still the brains and motivating force behind Opera San Jose, which she founded 30 years ago. But the the Grande Dame of the arts scene, a San Jose native, is about to retire — a major event in the South Bay. She lit up the lobby of the California Theater in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
“But I’ll be around,” she warns, raising an eyebrow. “I’ll be watching. The hardest thing for me now is to keep my mouth shut.”


07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Hmmm · Categories: Asked Online

Asked online:

What oboe reeds break the least?

… and the answer:

Those that have been soaked in water for about two hours before playing, the soaking can be adjusted depending on wether the water is hard or soft but stand corrected on this.

07. May 2014 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

What Musical Instrument Are You? – http://bit.ly/1nFczPx Kind of fun – but I came out with oboe, LOL!