19. May 2014 · Comments Off on Ah, Reeds! · Categories: Reed Making

Reed from Dorian Warneck on Vimeo.

From the Vimeo page:

The reed is considered the part of Oboe playing that makes it so difficult. Slight variations in temperature, altitude, weather, and climate will change a perfectly working reed into an unplayable collection of cane.
Reed is a silent documentary short, in which Petrea Warneck takes the viewer through the process of making an oboe reed.
Petrea Warneck is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Directed by Dorian Warneck
“Sonata for Oboe and Piano” composed by Daniel Schnyder.
Performed by:
Petrea Warneck on Oboe
Lucinda Shields on Piano

19. May 2014 · Comments Off on Artists’ Photos · Categories: Ramble

I have a complaint. I know, I know, I’m a whiner! But I promise I’ll just keep this short and sweet. So here you go:

I find it annoying when an artist’s photo is so old I can’t tell if I’m really seeing the scheduled artist or if they’ve put in a replacement because the performer looks to be twenty years older … or more! Geesh. Accept aging, folks. I don’t need to know what you used to look like. I’m okay with age. Really.

Which reminds me … it’s time to update my photo at the Symphony Silicon Valley site because that thing was taken so long ago I remember my father was sitting right next to me at the table and he’s been gone for a number of years now.

I guess I’m talking to myself with this one, eh? 🙂

19. May 2014 · Comments Off on Alice Coote’s Open Letter · Categories: Read Online

It is not about lights, it is not about costumes, it’s not about sets, it’s not even about sex or stature… It is ALL about the human voice. This is the Olympics of the human larynx attached to a heart and mind that wants to communicate to other hearts and minds. It is something that is done without amplification and without barriers.. It is one human singing to another. LIVE.

… it ends:

Critics.. I beg you.
Be kind to young singers -you may change the trajectory of their lives and career if you wound them with your words. Be kind to middle aged singers. Be kind to old singers. Be kind to all singers. But above all.. If you hear a singer with a great voice listen. Look too.. But above all LISTEN. Without us it’s OVER.

I read it here. Then I went to read the reviews that caused her to write this. I won’t link to them. To quote a Die Fledermaus line added to one of our opera productions years ago, “Critics … who needs ’em?!”

But how easy it is for critics to comment on other people’s bodies, be those comments negative or positive. And how typical to comment on a woman’s body.

I still say someone has to start a site that will allow audience attendees to critique the critics. NOT that I think they are always wrong, mind you: I have read reviews where a critic really nails it, be it favorable or not. But I’d sure like them to get away from commenting on the physical when it comes to music-making.

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

Wow that’s a lot of oboe. Oboe is to 6th grade band as trumpet is to symphonic band

I’m still puzzling over this …