Saturday, October 18, 2014

Heckel Contra Bassoon and Bassoon for Sale

This Contra Bassoon and Bassoon were owned by Leland Smith, a composition professor at Stanford that played bassoon. He bought the bassoons in the late 1940’s while in Paris after WWII. Leland also played with the Chicago Symphony, SF Symphony and SF Opera as a sub many years ago. He passed last February and will be missed by all that knew him. The contra is serial number 407 (late 1920’s) Model  43f , A-Bow removable with extra C- Head with 2 Heckel  prewar bocals and a wooden case. The case has the original shipping labels from the White Star Line Queen Mary! The wood is in excellent condition with original finish..

Heckel Bassoon Model 41i, serial number 9321 (1940’s) with 2 Heckel Bocals and Case was also brought from Europe by Leland in the 1940’s and is in excellent condition, of course it would need pad and joint work to seal it  and it does not have a high D key or E key. The whisper lock is in the right hand thumb position. Contact info: Stefanie Feldman
( 650)-417-4931 (650)697-6966 E Mail:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sunday March 16th @ 7:15 PM Bassoon, Piano and Oboe Concert at Holy Names University, Oakland CA

MasterGuild Series
Sunday, Mar 16 7:15p to 9:15p
Oakland, CA

MasterGuild presents two outstanding musicians, oboist Laura Griffiths and bassoonist Rufus Olivier with pianist Roy Bogas in a concert that includes the Poulenc Trio plus two concertos and the Schumann Romanzas for oboe and piano. 
Sunday, March 16 at 7:15 P.M. on the campus of Holy Names Univ. off Hwy. 13 at the Redwood Road exit.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Greetings Bay Area Music Community!

The award winning Oakland Youth Orchestra is holding its second round of auditions for new members in August 2013. Full details, applications and required excerpts can be found on As someone who is a vibrant part of the Bay Area's music community, we wanted to let you know about our upcoming auditions and hope you will help us get the word out. 

We have an exciting season lined up for our 50th Anniversary Season including a side by side performance with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Symphony Chorus at the Paramount Theatre in May 2014

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Free Community Open House

Saturday, November 10
Hours: 10:30am–2:30pm

Click here to register

San Francisco Opera hosts a Community Open House at the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday, November 10, from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Celebrating the Company's 90th Season, the Open House is free to the public and will feature events and activities for all ages.

This special community event is structured for individuals and families who have a growing curiosity about opera and are interested in an introduction to the world of opera and stage production, and for anyone who wants to have an up close and personal opportunity to experience this grand art form deconstructed.

The Open House will feature:

• Onstage technical and musical demonstrations, with Maestro Nicola Luisotti, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, soprano Melody Moore and tenor Brian Jagde.

° Technical demonstrations highlighting set-building, lighting, and other technical elements of opera productions are 25 minutes each and begin at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm.

° Tosca and Lohengrin musical demonstrations are 45 minutes each and begin at 11:35am and 1:05pm.

• Family fun in the Opera House lobby, including a scavenger hunt, costume displays, and arts and crafts projects like creating props from Carmen and designing costumes from Tosca.

• A makeup project inspired by the War Memorial Opera House.

• An opera photo booth where you can try on a costume piece and pose on a piece of scenery!

• Screenings of Carmen for Families—The Movie! with a live introduction, from 11am–12:15pm and 1:05pm–2:20pm. Stars will be signing autographs after each screening!

• Enter to win an exclusive backstage tour the day of the Open House.

• War Memorial food and refreshment concessions, as well as the San Francisco Opera Shop, will be open.

San Francisco Opera's November 10 Community Open House is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, however registering online will enter you in a random drawing to complimentary tickets to a production of your choice! Choose between:

• Two tickets to Tosca
• Two tickets to one of our Summer 2013 operas
• Four tickets to The Secret Garden at Cal Performances

The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street in San Francisco. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera events. The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For more public transportation information, visit and

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Peninsula Symphony bassoon vacancy

The position of Principal Bassoon in the Peninsula Symphony will be open beginning late in the 2011-12 Season. The Peninsula Symphony is a community orchestra, performing pairs of concerts with internationally recognized soloists at the Flint Center in Cupertino and San Mateo Performing Arts Center (now under renovation) as well as at Stanford University, the Fox Theater in Redwood City, and other locations on the San Francisco Peninsula

We have tentatively scheduled an audition for the evening of Monday, October 3, 2011 . Candidates will be asked to play a solo selection of their choice and four orchestral excerpts. If you are interested in participating, please email for further information. Please include a brief list of your previous orchestral experience. I will send the complete audition info (including sheet music for the four orchestral excerpts) and schedule a time for your audition. For further information about the Peninsula Symphony, please go to

Mitchell Sardou Klein, Music Director

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Concert May 13, 2011

Hello all,
I am posting this to let you all know that my dad ( Rufus Olivier) will be performing at the Dinklespiel auditorium at Stanford University on Friday May 13, 2011.@ 8 p.m

The Woodwind Quintet’s program will include Darius Milhaud’s La CheminĂ©e du roi RenĂ©, Robert Muczynski’s Duos for Flute and Clarinet, Paul Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusk, and other selections.

$5.00 students
$10.00 general
$9.00 Seniors
General seating

Hope to see you there!
His first born:-)