A couple of weeks ago, we posted about Fort Worth filmmaker Erik Clapp's series of short films that he's doing for The Musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony. Clapp is working on a 10-part series, posting a film (each one runs roughly five minutes) every Friday, with the musicians telling anecdotes about their performing experineces or background stories about their instruments.
This week's entry, A Reed in the Rough, features assistant principal oboist Jane Owen describing how oboists make the reeds for their instruments. If you don't know what a "reed" is, or even if you do but have never made one, Owen gives a pretty good lesson here.
Last week, Clapp posted this entry, in which assistant principal trumpet player Adam Gordon talks about why he chose his instrument -- or how it chose him -- and also relates a story about how a well-timed one-liner can defuse a tense situation.
We'll continue posting these weekly throughout the remainder of the series.