08. December 2014 · Comments Off on Opera News Awards · Categories: Awards, Opera

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year’s honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo, Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters.


I’d love to attend … but … well …

Individual benefactor tickets to the Opera News Awards are available for $850; individual President’s Circle tickets at $1,200. In addition, Benefactor tables are available for $8,500; President’s Circle tables at $12,000.

And then I’d probably need to purchase a plane ticket too. So I suppose I’ll stay home. But congrats to the recipients!

08. December 2014 · Comments Off on Christmas Idea for the Musician · Categories: Seen Online

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I love this tray, and I love that you can choose the wood and color of the felt. Check them out on this page. They are made by bassoonist Jim Westhoff.

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(The images below are just screen shots … to click and enlarge you need to go to Jim’s page.)

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08. December 2014 · Comments Off on Jeopardy Clues · Categories: TV

The Category was (this was from last week) … Oboe Lessons

Yep, really. And you know why? It was kids’ week. And everyone knows that smart kids play oboe. 😉

Funny, though, that the kids really avoided choosing that category … we didn’t even get to two of the answers. Oh well.

And the answers are:

$2,000 Before use, soak this essential part in water to keep it flexible, & rinse your mouth to prevent damage to the delicate cane. ANSWERED

$1,600 The oboe leads the orchestra in doing this, right before the conductor enters. UNANSWERED

$1,200 The large oboe being played here is called the “English” one of these. UNANSWERED

So much for the smart kids! 😉


08. December 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

hope the oboe gods smile upon me & allow me to get this beetle bc its the same color as vinnies car & we can match

(Hm. What’s oboe got to do with it, I wonder.)

08. December 2014 · Comments Off on Advent ~ Day Eight · Categories: Advent

Pedro de Cristo: O Magnum Mysterium
Coral Santiago Apóstol, de Casarrubuelos (Madrid); Mariano Garcia, Director
Solistas: Visi Fernández (soprano), Paloma Zarza (contralto) y Julián Uceda (barítono)