slide_SOS3Today’s show featured an interview with Diane Bishop, principal bassoonist and Jamie Strefeler, principal oboist with the Orlando Philharmonic. They came to talk about their musical experiences and discuss their July 20 program at the Plaza Live featuring Anton Reicha’s Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet, his Woodwind Quintet in E-flat Major, Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and Franz Hasenöhrl’s ingenious arrangement of Richard Strauss’ symphonic tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel.

Diane Bishop has been Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic since 1993. Originally from Bel Air, Maryland, she began her musical studies at the age of five with the piano, followed by the saxophone, flute, and trombone, before finally discovering the bassoon at age ten.

Diane received a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in 1983 from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she was a student of K. David Van Hoesen. After graduating from Eastman, she was awarded a graduate assistantship from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied with Frank Morelli. She has also studied with David Carroll and Brent Rickman. In 1984, she was named Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic’s predecessor, the Florida Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her duties as Principal Bassoon, Diane joined the Philharmonic office staff in 2003. She was appointed Box Office Manager in 2004 and Director of Patron Services in 2010.

Diane has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, the Heidelberg Opera Festival Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra. She has been on the faculties of the University of Central Florida and Seminole Community College. She and her husband, John, have two children, Emily and Matthew.

Jamie Strefeler joined the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as principal oboe in the fall of 2008. Prior to moving to Orlando, she was principal oboe of the Great Falls Symphony and a member of the Chinook Winds Quintet in Great Falls, Montana. She has also held principal oboe positions with the American Youth Orchestra, the Debut Orchestra and the Helena Symphony as well as the second oboe and English horn position with the Tri-Cities Opera Company.

Jamie also freelances with The Florida Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Florida Southwest Symphony, and the Bach Festival of Central Florida. In the summer of 2011, she was invited to perform at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Jamie has been a featured soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic, Great Falls Symphony and the American Youth Orchestra.

A native of Quakertown Pennsylvania, Jamie received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and her Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Southern California. Her principal teachers include Allan Vogel, Paige Morgan, Richard Killmer, and Louis Rosenblatt. Jamie is currently the adjunct instructor of oboe at the University of Central Florida and maintains a private oboe studio of 15 students.
music by living Brazilian composers, ending with pieces by Libby Larsen and Stella Sung, both composers to be featured on a string quartet concert the same evening at the Plaza Live by the Orlando Philharmonic.

The music aired during the program included:
Anton Reicha – Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet
Mozart – Oboe Quartet F major, KV 370: III. Rondeau Allegr
Ricard Strauss/Franz Hasenorhl – Till Eulenspiegel
Olli Mustonen & Tapiola Sinfonietta – Nonets No. 1 & 2, from Mustonen: Triple Concerto, Petite Suite, Nonets Nos. 1 and 2 & Frogs Dancing On Water Lilies (Ondine)
Bohuslav Martinů – Nonet No. 2

Zero Crossings – February 09, 2015 – Dirk Meyer

10714478_687892511300885_4264777335567580717_oThis show featured an interview with conductor Dirk Meyer, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. In part the show was devoted to promoting an upcoming February 21 concert of the Orlando Philharmonic at Bob Carr Hall featuring Dirk Meyer conducting and soloist Conrad Tao.

The music aired during the program included:
Richard Strauss – Don Juan, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic
Conrad Tao – The Four Elements I. Earth; II. Water; III. Air; IV. Fire, from Supernova: Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
Mozart – The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture

Unfortunately there is no archive recording available of this show or interview. Maestro Meyer and I had an excellent conversation that explored his extensive work with contemporary music and living composers, some of the differences between training in Germany and the U.S., his hopes and plans for the Orlando Philharmonic, and the path that led him to be one of the five finalists for the position this year. I also spoke about Conrad Tao as composer, pianist and prodigy. My sincere apologies to Dirk and the Orlando Philharmonic for the technical problems that caused the loss of this particular archive. In lieu of the recording, below I’ll share the Spotify playlist that was used during the show.