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20. August 2021 · Comments Off on Maestro Michael Morgan 1957-2021 · Categories: Losses

Sad news.

28. April 2020 · Comments Off on Lynn Harrell January 30, 1944 – April 27, 2020 · Categories: Losses

Such a huge loss. He was an amazing musician, and any time he came here was a true delight as well.

30. March 2020 · Comments Off on Krzysztof Penderecki, 1933-2020 · Categories: Losses

In January 1999 Krzysztof Penderecki came and conducted San Jose Symphony. We played several of his works. He was no-nonsense, worked well, and I enjoyed him and his works very much. We of course played Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, but we also did his Symphony No. 4, which included some challenging but ultimately also very rewarding English horn work. (I had to verify what we played by finding a review. I’m glad I was able to locate one!)

Maestro Penderecki died yesterday. I was very sorry to read that news.

23. November 2019 · Comments Off on Sir Stephen Cleobury 1948-2019 · Categories: Losses, Ramble

I was sorry to hear of the death of Sir Stephen Cleobury when I woke this morning. You can read the announcement here

From Delmar Williams: “Eric Varner Associate Professor of Bassoon at Lynn University and owner of Trevco-Varner Music, has died suddenly while on tour with his trio in Thailand. This is a terrible loss for the double reed community. If I get any further information I will post it.”

I have since heard that Dr. Varner died of a heart attack on October 4. I know there are many who are devastated by this news. He was only 45 years old

I’m very sad to read of the death of Ms. Norman. She performed with us in San Jose many years ago. I wish I could remember what was on our program. I’m thinking it was Mahler, but I can’t remember what. I’m sure a colleague will enlighten me.

“Why should one bother to be mediocre?”

Pat McFarland died on the 23rd of this month. I believe I only met him once, and that was when he came back to San Jose. (I think he may have gone to San Jose State.) He was such a fine player and many are mourning his loss.

He played English horn in the Atlanta Symphony for 47 years. A fine, fine player.

14. July 2019 · 2 comments · Categories: Losses

Just yesterday I was looking up Robert Orth because I ran across this video of him singing Heggie’s “Grow Old Along With Me” and today I read that he has died. I know nothing more than that at this point. But what a sad loss.

Robert performed “A Water Bird Talk” by Dominick Argento with San Jose Chamber Orchestra some years back and it was wonderful. I also heard him with San Francisco Opera, in Moby Dick.

When I had looked him up I ran across his very hysterical bio that he has somewhat hidden on his site. It’s a fun and entertaining read!

19. May 2019 · Comments Off on So Young, Such a Loss · Categories: Losses

A very fine oboist, Samuel Bastos, has died in Switzerland. His biographyshows how much he accomplished at such a young age. He was only 32. What a sad loss.

Samuel Bastos, 1º movement Phoenix Concerto, Op. 102 – Paul Patterson
Winner of the Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition 2017 at the IDRS in Appleton, E.U.A, final concert

A. Lotti – Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A major – Samuel Bastos & Sinfonietta de Braga