03. October 2015 · Comments Off on Opening Night, Symphony Silicon Valley · Categories: Pictures, Ramble, Symphony

We had our opening tonight for the season. It was a moving night, because we also remember our conductor from San Jose Symphony, George Cleve. After playing the Star Spangled Banner and having Andrew Bales speak for a brief time the strings played a string version of Mozart’s Ave Verum. I was very moved. Yes, in a sniffly sort of way. I still expect to see George in the audience or on the podium and I suspect that feeling will last for a while.

I don’t have much to worry about in this concert, but one note is scary and that’s all it takes to make for a stressful evening. Once that note is over, I’m just fine. (Whew!)


There was a table set up in the lobby with photos of George from infancy on. It was rather crowded, so I couldn’t snap a lot of pictures, but I had to take a few of the oil painting there. Apparently a woman painted this from a photo of the orchestra. I recognize a good number of people in this, including my high school band director! I’m not in the picture though, so either it’s before my time, or it was a concert on which I wasn’t needed (I was the English hornist). (I initially thought it HAD to be before I got in, but the photo is clearly in the CPA, and I believe they moved in there the year I won my position.)


People I recognize: George Cleve, Lauren Jakey, Phil Zahorsky, Donald Homuth, Rocco Distasio, Peter Shelton, Bob Hubbard, Wendell Rider, Lorrie Hunt, Laurel Brobst, Pat O’Gara … and more, but I can’t remember all their names! When they come to me I’ll add them.



12. April 2011 · Comments Off on That’s One Unusual Curtain! · Categories: Pictures

Check it out! (I don’t know if I’m allowed to “borrow” the photos from the site, so just click on the link, have a look-see, and read about it.

I’d heard about the iron curtain, but never the aluminum one.

I love this poster, which I first saw at Charles Noble’s blog. Gee, kind of implies that every musician in the orchestra matters, you know?

Maybe everyone does matter!

AND … If you go to the orchestra’s Facebook page you’ll see one of my favorite oboists, Albrecht Mayer!

31. August 2009 · Comments Off on Relaxation Time · Categories: Pictures, Ramble

Whenever I have a concert the house sort of takes a nose-dive. I can’t seem to manage to keep it as clean as I like (no one else likes it as clean as I like … which might imply it’s not really horribly messy when I let it go, but it bugs me!). So this morning was a “catch up day” after the weekend concerts (which went well, by the way, despite the hot weather and boiling stage).

So today: dusted & vacuumed (until, on the final room, I gave up trying to push a broken vacuum), cleaned the bathrooms, did the laundry, got the refried beans going (do “true” refried beans get fried and refried? I just cook pinto beans and then add all sorts of ingredients; no frying involved. Hmm.), cleaned much of the kitchen (avoiding the Viking stove like the plague) … and now I’m relaxing in my favorite way. I have my tea & muffin, along with the MacBook. Sweet … in more ways than one!


Okay … maybe not the picture. But see if you can figure it out!

“Oboist playing in the street” … so it says.

Well, yes, a new chandelier would brighten my day, but this … well … this is the sweetest couple ever and seeing this picture makes me very happy! Photo by the most fabulous wedding photographer ever. 🙂

Another great picture by Katy!

Originally uploaded by katy regnier.

Sorry, guys … this was the best I did. Next time I want to get you up there pre-concert so I can get better pictures!



Better than nothing? I dunno.

03. March 2008 · Comments Off on Nice! · Categories: Pictures

How often do you see a painting of an English horn player? I really love this work. Very cool.

02. May 2007 · Comments Off on Time To Retire! · Categories: imported, Pictures

Time To Retire!:


23. February 2007 · Comments Off on Teaser · Categories: imported, Pictures

I’ve been sent pictures now, after replying to the email I received about Treemonisha. Perhpas these will spur you on to listen …?

All pictures feature the Houston Grand Opera and are taken by photographer Jim Caldwell.

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