PR Double Reed Day 2006


Double Reed Day 2006, hosted by Professor David Bourns and myself, with the support of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, took place on the campus of the conservatory in Hato Rey January 22nd, 2006. The day’s events included master classes, a concert by invited guests Jeffrey Lyman and Mark Weiger, a double reed ensemble and myself as well as a display of new Fox bassoons and oboes for trial.

Pictures of the event are on the photos page.


Sunday, January 22nd. Sala Sanromá

  • 8:30-10:30am
    Oboe Master Class with Professor Mark Weiger
  • 10:30-12:00pm
    Rehearsal for the double reed ensemble with conductor Brian Cole.
  • 12:00-1:00pm
    Lunch Break – Pizza Provided
  • 1:00-3:00pm
    Bassoon Master Class with Professor Jeffrey Lyman

Sala María Esther

  • 3:00-4:00pm
    Display of new Fox bassoons and oboes for trial

Sala Sanromá

  • 4:00pm
    Concert with Mark Weiger, Jeffrey Lyman, Saxton Rose, Brian Cole, Diana Figueroa and the Double Reed Day Ensemble.

Concert Program

  • Fantasie on Flotow’s “Martha”, Op. 23 by Casimer Theophile Lalliet (1837 – 1892)
    Mark Weiger, oboe and Diana Figueroa, piano
  • Partita for Bassoon and Piano by Bill Douglas (b. 1944)
    I. Bebop Cantando
    II. Mirage
    III. Caribbean Jig
    Jeffrey Lyman, bassoon and Diana Figueroa, piano
  • Sonate Brillant by Christian Frederik Barth (1787 – 1861)
    I. Adagio sostenudo
    II. Rondo – Scherzando
    Mark Weiger, oboe and Diana Figueroa, piano
  • Hora Staccato by Grigoras Dinicu (1889 – 1948) / Heifetz
    I. Adagio sostenudo
    II. Rondo – Scherzando
    Mark Weiger, oboe and Diana Figueroa, piano
  • Sonata for Two bassoons by Francisco Mignone (1897-1986)
    I. Allegro
    II. Modinha
    III. Rondo – Chorinho
    Jeffrey Lyman and Saxton Rose, bassoons
  • Acueducto “Danza” by Jose I. Quinton (1881-1925), arr. David Bourns
  • Suite From the Royal Water Music by George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759), arr. Alan Hawkins
  • Sabre Dance by Aram Khatchaturian (1903 – 1968), arr. Marc Vallon
    The Puerto Rico Double Reed Day Ensemble


Guest Artists

Jeffrey Lyman

Jeffrey LymanDr. Jeffrey Lyman, Associate Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State University, is dedicated to changing your impressions about the bassoon. His dynamic recitals of well-known and unknown repertoire have distinguished him throughout the double reed world. Whether dressed as Elvis in Moscow, in a dashiki in Paris, or white tie and tails in New York, he is not your run-of-the-mill bassoon soloist.

As an orchestral player and chamber musician he has appeared often on the international festival circuit, most notably at the Moscow Autumn Festival, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), the Bellingham Music Festival, Le Festival d’Ainay-le-Vieil (Berry, France), the Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), the Academie Européene d’Été de Musique (Tournon-sur-Rhone, France), the Colorado Music Festival, Vermont Mozart Festival and the Saint Bart’s Music Festival (French West Indies). He has held positions with orchestras across the US, including the Savannah Symphony, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Michigan Opera Theater.

In addition to traditional bassoon playing, Lyman also plays the 7-keyed classical bassoon and had his debut on this instrument in 2004 at the Connecticut Early Music Festival. Non-traditional also describes the venues in which he performs: for example, Lyman recently provided music for an outdoor parade of costumes created by artists Karen McVay-Butch and Martha Enzmann. The costumes were first displayed at the Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris, and then brought outside for a parade in front of the Centre Pompidou.

Other multi-disciplinary projects that Dr. Lyman has directed include a bi-lingual production of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat in the French West Indies, and an exploration of the history of electro-acoustic music through a project called Hopping the Electric Fence. During the summer, he is the Valade Fellow in Bassoon at the Interochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.

Lyman is also known as an advocate of new music, and has many publications and commissions to his credit. These range from a chamber concerto by the Russian Yuri Kasparov to settings of cowboy tunes by John Steinmetz and John Allemeier. Other notable commissions include Kuta Muela by David Gompper, a work for bassoon, chamber ensemble and video based upon traditional Yaqui music, and the Choro for Helen by jazz vibraphonist Ben Thomas, composed to celebrate the great American wine maker Helen Turley. Dr. Lyman was co-host of the 1998 conference of the International Double Reed Society, was associate editor for the IDRS publications and is a frequent recitalist at the society’s conferences around the world. He appears on Summit, Le Chant du Monde, New World, Brasswell and Koch International recordings.
back to topBack to top


Mark Weiger

Mark WeigerMark Weiger (oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, piccolo oboe), is Professor of Oboe at the University of Iowa. Since coming to Iowa in 1988 he has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two Carnegie Hall recitals, been a finalist in nine international competitions, was the Second Prize winner in the New York International Oboe Competition, and was the First Prize winner in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY).

He has performed double concertos with Chicago’s former principal oboist, Ray Still, and presented solo recitals with such notables as Ronald Roseman, Marc Fink, and Bert Lucarelli. In 1996-97, Weiger became the first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador. As such, he has performed recitals in Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, India, Greece, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He currently has 4 solo CD’s out: Oboe on the Road on the Centaur Label, The Grand Sonatas, The Romantic Road, and Oboe Wizardry on Crystal Records.

Weiger is a founding member of the double reed quartet WiZARDS! which has released three CDs to critical acclaim, toured 18 states, and has done educational residency programs in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, and Evanston, Wyoming. His research into ensemble repertoire is available online. He has also been a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival, Yellow Barn Festival (VT), Iowa Woodwind Quintet, Ensemble da Camera (IA), the Bear Lake Music Festival (UT),the Britt Festival (OR), and the Great Music West Festival (ID/WY). Weiger is published through Schirmer Press, Simon & Schuster, The Double Reed Journal, Band Director’s Guide, Bocal Music, and Connors Publications. His publication in Teaching Woodwinds has been reviewed as “a most significant contribution to the world of oboe playing and teaching.”

Mr. Weiger received his degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Ronald Roseman, Laurence Thorstenberg, Frederic Cohen, Elaine Douvas, William Criss, and Neil Boyer. He has been principal oboist with the Albany Symphony (NY), Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts (NY), Ohio Light Opera Company, Portland Symphony (ME), Maine Opera Orchestra (ME); and English hornist with the Portland (ME), Charlotte (NC), New Hampshire, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras. Since his tenure began at the University of Iowa he has served as principal oboe with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
back to topBack to top

Leave a Comment