15. June 2018 · Comments Off on What A Bizarre Story · Categories: Read Online

… and I’m going to guess it’s going to be very difficult to get the settlement money.

But wow.

McGill University music student Eric Abramovitz was among the top clarinetists in Canada. He studied with some of the country’s elite teachers from the age of seven. He won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition six times. He was a featured soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.

In late 2013, Abramovitz applied for a full two-year scholarship to complete his bachelor’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Every student at Colburn receives a full scholarship, including tuition, room and board as well as money for meals and other expenses, worth roughly $50,000 a year.

If accepted, he would study under Yehuda Gilad, considered one of the best clarinet teachers on the planet. Gilad accepts two students a year out of dozens of applicants. To be chosen is virtually a guarantee of a high-paying symphony career directly out of college. After an exhaustive pre-screening process, Abramovitz flew to Los Angeles in February 2014 with his parents to do a live audition before Gilad and a committee of faculty members.

A month later, Colburn sent an email to Abramovitz. He had been chosen.

Except Abramovitz never got the email. Jennifer Lee, a fellow McGill music student and Abramovitz’s girlfriend at the time, did. They had started dating in September 2013, and within a month he was staying at her apartment almost full time. He trusted her. He let her use his laptop. He gave her his passwords.

Do read the whole thing. It’s unbelievable!

Here he is on his McGill final recital (with mom at the piano, too!):

17. February 2018 · Comments Off on Inside Out?! · Categories: Read Online

Playing an oboist gave Kirke a crash course in classical music: she now knows how to pretend to play the oboe with the best of them. Doing so convincingly requires “high self-esteem … because it is not pretty.” Kirke demonstrated onstage for the Bell House audience, turning her lips inside out and puffing her cheeks until they turned red.

Um … really? INSIDE OUT?!

I read it here.

05. December 2017 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

[She] owns a 4.0 grade-point average and plans to attend the University of Utah or University of Oregon. She would like to study biology and minor in music. [She] wants to work in the medical field.

“I love music, but I want to live a comfortable lifestyle in the future,” she said.


PS She’s an oboist and this was about her going to play in Carnegie Hall.

07. November 2017 · Comments Off on High A … Sing It! · Categories: Read Online

When I saw Ariel the first time, it was like a dare,” she added, referring to the “Tempest” score. “And this is a double-dog dare.

—Audrey Luna

Read here.

13. September 2017 · Comments Off on Yo-Yo Ma · Categories: Quotes, Read Online

My mother was a singer and my father was a composer, musicologist, and string player. My father was very analytical, so I had really good training in that way. I started playing the Bach Suites—the first suite is all about patterns and change—just little snippets at a time, two measures a day. By connecting them, you actually are figuring out in a pretty substantial way, what are the patterns? So in a short time, I was able to learn a lot of music. A little bit is doable. It’s not Mount Everest—it’s a mole hill. My father would say, “If there’s something that’s very difficult, split it into four parts where you can actually solve a problem by first solving little problems.” That was an unbelievable time-saver later on. And my mother really addressed the idea that you acquire technique in order to transcend it. Because the point of music is to be moved. Just because you can play a piece doesn’t mean you’re reaching deep inside somebody else.

But there’s so much more. Do read it all!

Read online:

If you’re like me–and I would suspect there are as many that are as aren’t–your take on the oboe is that it is an instrument that is part of the orchestra, an instrument that contributes to the total sound but not one that ever takes the lead, or is as famous as, say, the cello, the French horn, the violin or the flute; sort of the second rhythm guitar or third back-up singer in a rock band. You know it’s there, but you can’t really make out what it sounds like. Couple that with an old saying attributed to the instrument: “The Oboe is an ill wind woodwind that nobody plays well.” You’re left wondering, “Why would anyone want to have an ensemble that features such a blasé instrument?”



(The article is about Paul McCandless and it does talk about the oboe in a very positive way, but I’d never thought about French horn being more “famous” than the oboe. Hm.)

24. August 2017 · Comments Off on “It’s Not Over Til The …” · Categories: Read Online

Oh. She (or he) isn’t allowed to sing. Or at least she has to be careful about her dress.

As per our highly selective casting requirements for vocal artists taking on a prominent leading role on stage, only singers who are physically fit and slim (or at the very least, those who know how to dress strategically/suitably in order to not bring attention to their temporary physical/dietary indulgences) would be showcased with our boutique orchestras.


I read it here.

20. July 2017 · Comments Off on “Career”? · Categories: Read Online

I just read this in an article:

His music career began in the fourth grade when he started playing the oboe.

Hm. If that can be how we count the start of our “careers” I think many of us started even younger.

Sorry … just made me laugh a little bit.

Once a couple danced in front of her, and she told the man not to dance so close, but he ignored her and her trombone slid to seventh position, knocking him to the floor.

She started taking business courses in the evenings and hoped to get transferred to a secretarial job, she said, but then World War II came along and not many women had been trained in the accounting field, so she was needed elsewhere.

“I never even thought about whether I liked what I was doing,” she wrote in her autobiography. “I had a job and lots of people did not have one. My first goal was to acquire $1,000 in the bank.”

When Cargo’s mother died, she stumbled on a fact she hadn’t known growing up. She had been adopted from an orphanage where she’d been left by biological parents who had been too impoverished to raise her.

Cargo got married in her 30s, and in the 1960s, the family moved to Pinellas County. Though she continued to play for herself, her primary focus became her family, her son, Bob, said.

Bob, 62, said his mother tried to instill a sense of music into her two sons, packing a lunch for him to eat in the car as she’d drive him during his lunch break during school to band practices, but it didn’t really stick the way it did for her.

But when his father died in 1986, Bob said he realized how much a part of Helen’s life her music was.

“Out came the trombone again and she just flew with it,” he said.

Cargo joined the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra and St. Pete Community Band. She now plays for St. Pete Masonic Band in addition to the South Pasadena Community Band she helped form.

Jim King, 81, a saxophone player, said he’s only come to learn more about Helen recently as the band planned a tribute to her for her 100th birthday at a recent concert — they played Miss Trombone.


26. January 2017 · Comments Off on Name That Tune · Categories: Read Online

I just found this online:

The form of the music is AABA
The music begins with a woodwind section, with a distinct oboe. A
Then the same melody is played solely by a french horn. A
Then comes the string section playing a different melody in a minor key. B
The strings then play the original melody. A
This AABA continues twice more with the strings, adding more bass and a timpani towards the end.
I’ve been listening to snippets of bunch of Handel pieces, but can’t find it, does anybody have an idea?

I laughed. I said, “Yeah, right.”

And then I scrolled down.

Someone WAS able to identify the work.

Okay, I’m humbled.