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May 12, 2010

Midweek comic relief: Breaking Wind Bassoon Quartet plays Lady Gaga

Thanks to the folks at the Baltimore Symphony (via a post on Facebook), I got wind of a fab YouTube clip featuring the Breaking Wind Bassoon Quartet (gotta love that name) from the Eastman School of Music, performing a medley of hits by giga-star Lady Gaga.

Well, I just had to share this. We can all use a little midweek comic relief and, besides, it may be a while before I can post something more substantive 'cause I'm kinda BIZ-EEE.


Posted by Tim Smith at 8:50 AM | | Comments (7)


Thanks for this. Made my day!

Mine, too. Glad you liked it. TIM



Telephone? Bad Romance? Bassoons? Awesome!

Thanks for sharing!

Happy to be of service. TIM

Thanks...Stuff like this just breaks my inner music Geek!!


Makes me wonder about bassoonists everywhere. TIM

Hmmm, great sounding clef notes. They must have been lip syncing: all that giggling around and no foul notes. Fun holistic stuff.

Love it!! Can't wait to share it with my Hubby who is a Lady Gaga fan.
More seriously, I never heard a bassoon quartet before and I must say I really enjoyed the sound!

My pleasure. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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