Brenda Schuman-Post, Oboe

San Francisco Bay Area-based musician, educator, lecturer, weddings, concerts, oboe lessons

Classical Music with a Twist (Formerly known as Classical Trash)

Celebrating  35 years and over 400 concerts together, virtuoso oboist Brenda Schuman-Post and classical pianist/rock accordionist Suzanne Garramone play delightful baroque to modern music, polkas, folk and familiar tunes. Thematic classical music programs are laced with popular songs and humorous renditions of well known tunes, insuring FUN, exciting music and accessible programming to audiences of any age, size, shape and location. Venues have included concert halls, living rooms, schools, universities, clubs, fairs, flea and farmers markets, senior residencies, and outdoor settings. Electric keyboard and amplification available.

"two super-talented women who have a kind of Victor Borge knack for playing beautifully and making fun of it at the same time... a virtuoso comic music duo". - San Francisco Chronicle
 
Brenda Schuman-Post and Suzanne Garramone have a knack for putting fun into the concert hall... these are exceptional musicians... their recital was a showcase of musical and comedic ingenuity. - Full Score
 
"...tons of virtuosity... astoundingly secure... wonderful insights... a recital of impressive variety..." - San Francisco Chronicle
 
"...an enterprising way of programming..." - Oakland Tribune
 
"Your music saves the world" - Professor Lin Yun Black Sect Tibetan Buddhism
 
"You prolonged the lives of every person in the audience" - Anonymous audience member

Sample Programs

MUSIC INSPIRED BY NATURE 

"Over the Rainbow", "Oh What a Beautiful Morning", "What a Wonderful World" and "Summertime", highlight this program that also includes pastoral music by classical composers Saint-Saens, Bozza, Lenom, Soulage, Tomasi and others.

GOTTA DANCE!

Wonderful 'oldies' "I Could have Danced All Night", "Siboney", "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue", and other popular standards are interlaced between delightful classical and folk music tangos, gigs, polkas, waltzes and more. Composers can include Saint-Saens, Piazzolla, Soulage, Bizet, Leslie, Bartok, Grieg, Dvorak and Bach. Dance music for oboe and piano from many countries and from every historical period. 

WHAT A TRIP!

A multi-cultural tour of the world via classical, folk, and popular music. Travel around the world and beyond! Sway to the music of a snake charmer; dance to Latin tangos and exotic polkas; ride a donkey; shop in a marketplace; clap your hands to African rhythms. Music, costumes and souvenirs take you to enchanted, magical places you've never been before! Works by Ben Haim, Bozza, Busser, Cui, Ibert, Grofe, Miller-Levine, Matos-Rodriguez, Tomasi, Verroust and Weil.

AN HISTORICAL BURLESQUE OF FRENCH MUSIC AND FASHION (not available for 2017-2018)

Velcro is the secret to the quick changes in attire that trace the relationship between music and fashion, in this hysterical, historical burlesque. Music by Loeillet, Comtesse De Grandval, Vuillermoz, Bozza, Tomasi, and melodies made famous by Edith Piaff.