You may have noticed an unusual musical event on this month's classical calendar -- Oboes on the Ohio.
It's a celebration of all things double-reed (while oboes are in the
name, bassoon and English horn are definitely welcome). The festival is
for students, teachers, performers, and anyone interested in the
The one-day festival on the Ohio River will include
performances, lectures, workshops, classes, vendors, demonstrations, and
chamber music readings. Quartetto Gelato's athletic oboist Colin Maier is one of the featured performers.
The oboe player at the heart of the festival is William Baker
, whose many accomplishments include 16 years as the principal oboist of the Columbus Symphony
, being a founding member of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
, and teaching for many years as oboe professor at Ohio State University
. He also has a wonderfully wry of talking about the oboe. Take a few minutes to listen to our interview about the festival and some of his other experiences in music:
Interview with oboist William P. Baker