James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Oboist Katherine Needleman Shares a Special 'Jingle Bells' Performance
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 02:09 PM
As the principal oboist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, you can imagine Katherine Needleman takes her job a seriously as anyone could expect. But with a long and frosty Holiday weekend around the corner, Needleman took to her Facebook page to channel her inner child. Her "Jingle Bells" is played with two recorders — and her nose. On the social media platform, she says the stunt would get her in trouble back in third grade. But being the talented oboist that she’s become, it’s hard to see anyone getting mad at her now.
Needleman is a Baltimore native and has played with that city’s orchestra since 2003. In addition to the classical repertoire, she has premiered several contemporary pieces as well. Her latest release, Duos for Oboe and Piano, features music from David Ludwig, Robert Schumann, Francis Poulenc and Pavel Haas.