"The Oboe Family and its Reeds"

Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street (Northampton, MA 01060)

Photo By Lynne Graves

The oboe is often seen as one of the more difficult instruments to play.  It has even been called, "the ill wind that nobody blows good."  The main difficulty comes from the finicky little reed the instrument uses.

Aaron Lakota, principal oboe of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, blows the oboe very well.  In addition to playing the instrument, he is a professional reed maker.  He understands the reed and enjoys sharing his wisdom with others.  In this program, he will show us what the reed does, how it is crafted, and how it affects the instrument's sound.

Attendees will hear Aaron perform works for the oboe family, along with Clifton "Jerry" Noble on the piano.

Jerry Noble is a composer, conductor and collaborative pianist.  He is the pianist of the vocal ensemble, "Bella Voce," and, like Aaron, a performing member of the Tuesday Morning Music Club.  In this presentation, Jerry will support Aaron in performing works for the solo oboe.

This will be he final presentation of Musical Potpourri for 2023.  It is part of a subscription series, but individual admission to this session will be available for $15, payable at the door by cash or check only.  There will be a brief Q & A, and refreshments will be available.

Musical Potpourri is offered by The Hampshire Music Club, your classical music meeting place in the Pioneer Valley.