While visiting Disneyworld last August, I came across the very last thing I ever expected to find.
We were spending the evening in Downtown Disney and heading towards the Rainforest Cafe when we heard some fantastic music playing. Now, music playing in the streets is not an uncommon thing in Disneyworld, but this music had a very specific tone quality to it. We turned a corner and I was stunned to see an oboist standing on a mini stage in the middle of the street. Dressed in Baroque-style costumes, complete with tall wigs, she was accompanied by two other musicians on electric string instruments.
Finding an oboist performing live outside of a concert hall is incredibly rare, especially in a group of street musicians. I walked over to get a closer look, and of course I ended up buying a CD. As it turned out, they were three members of the group Nova Era, a world-renowned musical troupe that plays classical music with a twist, with regular performances at Downtown Disney in Orlando. They have quickly become a favourite of my entire family, and while I may be biased, I love how the oboe is very prominent in their music. I highly recommend you check out their music, especially “Sanctuary.”