28. February 2019 · Comments Off on André Previn 1929-2019 · Categories: Losses

I just learned that André Previn died today.

… and from our own Opera San José:

News links will be added as I find them.

NY Times
Hollywood Reporter
The Guardian
Washington Post
Telegraph (I’m confused by this sentence: “Born in Berlin, Previn’s family left in 1939 for Paris in 1938 – where he studied piano at the Conservatoire – before moving on to Los Angeles.”)

(I received this email three times in a row, thus the three noes in a row.)

This is your typical scam spam alert!


I’m Josh Anderson, During my search for a lesson teacher that would help in taking son (Kenneth) During is stay in your location. I found your advert and it is very okay to me since you specialize in the area I’m seeking for him, My son would be coming to your city before the end of this month for a period of time with his friend, I’ll like to know if you can help in taking him for the lesson? just to keep him busy and refresh. Kenneth is 11 years old, So kindly let me know your charges per hour/lesson in order for me to arrange for his payment before he travels down to for the lessons to commence.
He will be staying there for 2 weeks and Please Reply back on:

(1). Your charges per 2 hours (3 times a week for 2 Weeks):starting from 11th March until 25th March 2019

(2) Total Cost For 6 class/12 hours lessons in 2 Weeks

(3). The Day you will be available to teach him During the week:

Well am very happy that i see you as my son tutor and about your years of Experience there is no problem about the lessons, My son will be coming with his caregiver. So there is no problem for the lesson to commence by next week, my son caregiver will be bringing him to your location for the lessons and you can teach him anywhere around you including the Library or your home if that is okay by you so i will like you to teach my son the best of you when he get to the city for the lessons. I will like you to email me with your schedule for the lessons, I will like you to email me with the name on the check and Full mailing address where
the check will be mailed to and including your Home and Cell phone number for my attorney to issue out a check to your before leaving the the state, by this week, I will be awaiting to read from you soon with your name and address.

Best Wishes,

28. February 2019 · Comments Off on A Bit Of Bozza · Categories: Listen, Oboe

… for your Thursday morning and the last day of February. Lovely playing here!

Kumho Prodigy Concert
Soo Hyun Jee, Oboe
Eugène Bozza: Fantasie Pastorale for Oboe and Piano, Op.37
Recorded at the Kumho Art Hall, 15 December 2018
KUMHO ART HALL V LIVE – http://channels.vlive.tv/E792F3/video

27. February 2019 · Comments Off on A Little Bit Jazzy · Categories: Listen, Oboe

… or maybe a little bit more than a little! What fun this is.

Kumho Young Artist Opening Concert
Seong Ye Ma, Oboe
Alyssa Morris
Alyssa Morris: 4 Personalities for Oboe and Piano (excerpts)
Yellow | Blue | Red
Recorded at the Kumho Art Hall, 5 January, 2019
KUMHO ART HALL V LIVE – http://channels.vlive.tv/E792F3/video

… but the video? Well, it made me laugh. I don’t know if others will react the same way or not.

Albrecht Mayer is one of my all time favorite oboists. He is musical. His technique is fabulous. He’s just a great musician.

Still, this video. I don’t mind the bits where he is out and about, but playing oboe outside in various areas? Hm. Well, I stopped looking and just listened. Agree? Disagree? You tell me!

Preview, download or stream: https://DG.lnk.to/mayer-tesori. Listen to the 1st Movement of Vivaldi’s “Oboe Concerto In C Major [R450]” played by Albrecht Mayer. With his new album Tesori d’Italia, Albrecht Mayer again extends the oboe’s concerto repertory: apart from Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in C major RV 450 he presents virtually unknown works by Italian Baroque masters, including two world premiere recordings of concertos by Giuseppe Sammartini and Domenico Elmi.

26. February 2019 · Comments Off on A Local Oboe Summer Camp · Categories: Announcements

… and to my students: notice that bit about “long tones, scales and technical studies”?!

Both Ryan and Adrienne are people I work with and enjoy tremendously. (In fact, they will be playing in the upcoming production of Madama Butterfly that I sadly must miss due to a major conflict with Aladdin.) You will definitely benefit from their instruction and I highly recommend this camp.

Left Coast Oboes Summer Camp
July 15-19, 2019
Redwood City, CA
Started in 2018, Left Coast Oboes is a summer day camp for middle and high school oboe players of all levels. Dedicated educators, Adrienne Malley and Ryan Zwahlen, wanted to create a fun and nurturing environment for students to learn reed making, study standard orchestral and solo repertoire, and play in an ensemble setting.

More information, including registration available here:

26. February 2019 · Comments Off on Oh Dear … · Categories: Emailed To Me

what can the matter be? (If you can’t see it, well … I guess that’s good for Azusa!)

This just hurts my heart. A school advertising for “advanced study” and the poor English horn player is holding his horn that way? (I’m assuming they flipped the photo so he was facing that direction. In fact I know that to be the case. BAD idea, Azusa. Very bad idea.)

26. February 2019 · Comments Off on For your Tuesday Morning · Categories: Listen

Because I love it.

24. February 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Ludwig Senfl: Tota pulcra es
Singer Pur

Claudia Reinhard, Sopran
Rüdiger Ballhorn, Tenor
Markus Zapp, Tenor
Manuel Warwitz, Tenor
Reiner Schneider-Waterber, Bariton
Marcus Schmidl, Bass

24. February 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

M. Thomas Cousins: Glorious Everlasting
Norfolk State University