Blog Posts on Music
This Spring, there will be Congressional meetings and hearings about how the arts and music benefit the economy and education. What do you think Congress can do to bolster the arts? Or conversely, should they do anything?
By the time our current Membership Campaign is over, I will have worked for three and a half pledge drives at WXXI. Every time we finish a pledge drive, I find myself thinking the same thought: doing this should be mandatory for any college student trying to make a living in the arts.
I like to abide by Duke Ellington's mantra that "There are two kinds of music: good music and bad music." But what defines good music? Let's consider some pieces of "new" music--are they good or not?
Mozart turned 250, and you couldn't turn around without banging your shins on another recording of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Mendelssohn turns 200 and...not so much.
Aaron Copland's book "What to Listen for in Music" invites music fans of all types to consider listening to music on multiple levels and multiple planes. Last weekend at a concert, I caught myself listening on just one level, and it got me thinking how others listen.
A big, big day in DC means some primo exposure for a select few musicians. Most of it worked, and somemissed the mark.
I have an addiction: The Detroit Tigers. But that's not what I'm writing about today, rather I shall write about another addiction I have: I peruse musician info pages on orchestra websites. I mostly want to find out what else orchestra musicians do besides play in orchestra. Sometimes I'm dissappointed ("I like to go to chamber music concerts" really? That's all?). Sometimes it's enlightening ("I compete in triathalons" way to go!).
It has come to our attention that the Metropolitan Opera HD simulcast of La Rondine by Puccini was not able to be shown as scheduled at Regal Eastview.
Lovers of the "King of Instruments" should mark your calendar for February 13-15, 2009, when Michael Barone comes to Rochester to host a Pipedreams Live! event. Working in partnership with the Eastman School of Music, the local chapter of the AGO and RTOS, three concerts will take place at Sacred Heart, Christ Church and the Auditorium Theater. All three concerts will be free and open to the public.
Back again, with the top five cds from 2008.
Looking over what was left off, quite a few could have been easily selected, and almost were. Sometimes it's just what strikes you at that moment. Next entry I'll visit some of the recordings that nearly made it into the top ten, and deserve mention.
Even with the strong competition, I'll stick with my top five as being deserving of mention of best of 2008. They were the ones that had great staying power throughout the year, all for different reasons.
Let's count down to number one beginning with...