Here is a link to a New York Times' video, "A Wind Among the Reeds". This is a rather interesting video, which focuses on Liang Wang, the principal oboist of the NY Phil. In it, he discusses the unique challenges he has faced as a musician who has emigrated from China, particularly as a wind player (the first of Chinese nationality in the New York Phil.).
We'll take just a brief pause from Husa, to enjoy John Adam's commencement address to the 2011 Julliard graduates on May 20th. In it, he speaks about the pains and rewards of being an artist in this day and age. Follow the link to the Nonesuch website.
Perhaps the most important living composer, Karel Husa has been a true friend to the wind band. His body of works has raised the level of seriousness of music written for winds, in terms of meaningful content and emotional feeling. Throughout his long career his music has been a gift to the wind community, indeed the music community in general. This August marks the composer's 90th bir...
While James Levine battles his health issues and has been forced to resign from the BSO and withdraw from touring with the MET, it seems that New Yorkers are thinking about the New York Music scene- where it has been and where it might go in the future. The below Op-Ed Piece from the New York Times talks about Gustav Mahler’s role in the development of both the NY MET and the NY Phil.
Over the next few days, we will be posting some of Dr. Votta's musical "ukiah" on our blog. We can't really call it haiku since the syllables are 7-5-7 instead of 5-7-5, but they're entertaining all the same.