TAFTO Contribution – Patricia Emerson Mitchell

Patricia Emerson Mitchell is the principal oboe for Opera San Jose and second oboe for both Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley and Symphony Silicon Valley.  In addition to being a professional musician, Patricia is also one of the few musicians who have entered the world of music blogging in its early formation.

Her weblog, Oboeinsight (clever name, huh?), is a popular hub for oboe related material, conversations on classical music, and is a focal point for cultural activity in the San Jose area.  Patricia’s contribution focuses on some of the real nuts-and-bolts aspects of taking a friend to the orchestra.

Patricia is also known for her sharp wit and sense of humor, which run rampant through her weblog.

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TAFTO Contribution – Henry Fogel

May is officially Take a Friend to Orchestra month and our first contribution is from a man with a lifetime of experience working to bring classical music to communities across the country, Henry Fogel.

Henry is a passionate advocate for classical music and has served as an executive manager in some of the finest orchestras in the country such as the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony.  Currently, Henry is the President and CEO of the American Symphony Orchestra League, a position he’s held since 2003.

Henry is also rumored to have an extensive record collection.

This is Henry’s contribution to Take a Friend to Orchestra month; an insightful piece which goes to show that the best selling point for classical music is classical music.

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