28. March 2016 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

In case you can’t tell, I’m an oboist-in-training. My oboe, my dog, and my cat are very photogenic. My friends not so much (only joking).

28. March 2016 · Comments Off on Concert Announcement: The Lowell Trio · Categories: Concert Announcements

(I sure wish I could attend, but I’m not free that day. Hope some readers will go and hear these very fine musicians make great music!)

Hi Friends of the Lowell Trio,

We are excited to be performing on the West side of the Bay on the Pacifica Performances concert series at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica next Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 pm , 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, just off Hwy 1. $20. General admission, $17. seniors.

We hope you will join us for a fun evening of Classical music favorites & rarities including works by Telemann, Phillip Glass & Darius Milhaud.

best wishes,
Janet Archibald for The Lowell Trio

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Members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for over 26 years, oboist/English Hornist Janet Popesco Archibald & cellist Emil Miland, along with Skyline College faculty accompanist Margaret Fondbertasse formed the Lowell Trio with the mantra ‘Classical Music is All Around Us’. For this concert, they are joined by Kay Stern, Concert Master of the SF Opera Orchestra.

The Lowell Trio’s initial performances took place in a music club in Martinez ,CA- Armando’s, that was far more accustomed to hosting folk, rock & jazz groups than a Classical chamber music group. Much to everyone’s surprise the Lowell Trio found at Armando’s an ever growing audience eager to experience & learn about Classical music, especially when performed under a disco ball in a friendly casual atmosphere complete with a bar and a bouncer.

Now in its 9th year, the Lowell Trio performs 3 sellout concerts a year at Armando’s as well as at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Their programs feature Classical works both familiar and unusual and their programs often explore the many connections between Classical music and other genres of music such as folk, jazz & pop.

In 2015 the Lowell Trio was pleased to release their first CD, ‘Music to Save Our Endangered Lands’. The CD features a selection of some of the Lowell Trio’s most popular concert works in support of the John Muir Land Trust, with 100% of sales proceeds going to the John Muir Land Trust and their dedication to preserving the beautiful open spaces in Contra Costa County. CDs can be purchased at http://www.jmlt.org/ under ‘get involved’.

Pacifica Performances
General Non-Member – $20
Senior/Students Non Member – $17
Member Adult – $15
Member Senior/Student – $12

The Mildred Owen Concert Hall
1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica, 94044
(650) 355 1882
1.25 miles east of Highway 1

27. March 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Easter, Sunday Evening Music

Handel: Hallelujah Chorus
Royal Choral Society

27. March 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Afternoon Concert · Categories: Easter, Sunday Afternoon Concert

J S Bach: Easter Oratorio
The Graduate Choir NZ and NZ Barok; Terence Maskell, Conductor

27. March 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Easter, Sunday Morning Music

Tavener: As One Who Has Slept
INTRADA & Peter Philips

As one who has slept the Lord has risen
And rising he saved us. Alleluia

24. March 2016 · Comments Off on LSO, Anyone? · Categories: Auditions

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23. March 2016 · Comments Off on SQOD · Categories: SQOD

I’ve not done a student quote of the day in a LONG time. When my student gave me the answer he gave today, though, I laughed and said, “Oh you get to be my Student Quote of the Day!”

I only post these when a student makes me laugh or says something profound (yes, both happen). This student is a true joy to teach, and his very quick response to my question was fun.

Me: What does leggiero mean?
Timothy: It means to play with legs!

He also noted that he had both of his legs.

So thanks, Timothy, for making me laugh today. Thank you even more for being such a fine student … not only are you witty but you are a very good musician!

23. March 2016 · 4 comments · Categories: Ramble

My internal, frequently negative, voice is one that rarely goes away but I’ve learned how to ignore and sometimes even silence it. I’ve also learned to accept that it’s there sometimes and I live with it.

But the external ones … well … WHAT to do about those?

A good time ago now, I made a huge blunder (and wrote about it on this blog, in fact) in a concert. I mean HUGE blunder. It was so humiliating and embarrassing and weep-worthy. That was difficult. About a month later a colleague told me that her section was dissed in the review of that concert and one of the players said, “I think the reviewer meant the English horn”. She thought I could handle the joke at that point. I smiled. I pretended I could handle it. But I didn’t handle it well at all and it brought back all the pain of that concert. Every time I look at that section of the orchestra now I wonder which one said that about me.

Then, this past Saturday night, I ran into a colleague prior to the concert. He looked at me a bit askance and said something like “Were you happy with your solo last night?” (Friday was our first concert.) He then asked, “Were you nervous?” He went on for a while about this, actually. “I mean … you sounded good…”, he said rather hesitantly.

Well, that wasn’t what I needed to hear prior to playing the same solo again. I puzzled over what he meant. Was it not good enough for him? Did I sound nervous? Did I look unhappy?

These are not things we want to think about and dwell on when we have solos. WHY he said those things to me is a mystery. I don’t know him as well as maybe he thinks I do. Was he serious? Was he joking? I honestly don’t have a clue! I just know it set up major “doubt voices” in my head.

The solo went fine, but I have to admit the entire time I was thinking, “Is THIS good enough for you, [insert name here]? Do I sound nervous?”

That is no way to enjoy a solo. But so it goes. I may be used to be internal voices but these external ones? Doubtful I’ll ever get used to those!

Side note: speaking of those external voices. The very same evening of my HORRIBLE NO GOOD SOLO some years back a colleague came up before to tell me I was his favorite English horn player and proceeded to go on and on. Then I made the blunder. Since then he’s not only never complimented me, but has never looked me in the eye again. I always wonder if he just felt bad saying all that on my off night or if he’s not gotten over my bad playing. Funny how that goes ….

… doesn’t make someone’s taste right. In this case I think he is very, very wrong.

Yes, women can be conductors. I am not against them conducting. But I simply don’t like it. There are women boxing and weightlifting; they can do that. But I don’t like watching. It is only my taste. We all have different tastes. For example, I don’t eat fish.

—Yuri Temirkanov

I read it here.

20. March 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Text and Melody: Münster 1677, Verse 2 by Heinrich August Hoffmann
von Fallersleben: Schönster Herr Jesu
Vocal Concert Dresden; Peter Kopp, Director