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3 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
…Friday’s live stream of Theater Basel’s Calixto Bieito production of Verdi’s Aïda . Let me explain why. Live streaming performances are nothing new. Yes, it’s exciting to see something happening across the Atlantic in real time, but that’s n...
3 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
Over the last couple of decades, it’s become at least somewhat standard for orchestra musicians to fill out some sort of written evaluation of visiting conductors. Such surveys are usually relatively informal, and intended for some higher authorit...
1 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
It’s been hard to find things to write about in this space lately, mainly because so much of the news coming out of the orchestra business (and, let’s face it, nearly every other business) has been downright dismal, thanks to the American econom...
30 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
We’re a Groupon Deal of the Day ! President Obama: classical music lover (and Maria Callas fan), according to his recent Rolling Stone interview (see the second paragraph).
29 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
I’m bereft of deep (or even coherent) thoughts this week, so I’ll leave you with this bit of amusement:
29 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
I’ll admit, I rarely pay much attention to the annual bestowing of the so-called MacArthur Genius Grants . Officially the MacArthur Fellowship Awards, these are the half-million dollar grants awarded each year to “talented individuals who have sh...
22 Sep 2010
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To continue with the theme of of “great words written by someone else” (and also, not so coincidentally, brought to my attention via Facebook), here’s a very eloquent piece by the associate concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony on what it tak...
20 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
Over the weekend, a short Facebook note started to pop up repeatedly in my news feed. It wasn’t written by anyone I knew, but nearly everyone I do know who works in or around the arts business seemed to be reposting it. Having nothing better to do...
18 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
Okay, so Mothers’ Day was months ago, and there’s nothing remotely orchestra-related in this song, but let’s just file this in the category of  “things Sarah or I think are too cool not to share.” A childhood spent memorizing Tom Lehrer songs abou...
17 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
There’s been much written recently about the ever-dwindling numbers of classical music critics, and while I generally agree that this is a Bad Thing, occasionally I read a review that makes me reconsider. Case in point: a recent review in the ...
14 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
There are mistakes in every performance, of course. Most go unnoticed by the majority of the audience, and many others that are noticeable are quickly dismissed as unimportant to the larger concert. Even a performance full of technical errors can ...
10 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
Remember that Klingon opera I was telling you about ? Well, it had it’s (Terran) premier yesterday (in Holland). I’m kinda sorry I missed it…
9 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
It’s that time again; inaugural concerts of new music directors. Last year it was Alan Gilbert/New York Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel/LA Philharmonic; this year we’ve got Riccardo Muti/Chicago Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach/National Symp...
9 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
So there I was on my bike, earlier this evening, headed downtown to meet up with a friend and take in the Twins game. (Quick aside: I still can’t quite believe that Target Field is really ours. After all those years in the HumpyDome , watching ...
5 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
No one ever believes performers who claim not to read reviews, and I’d certainly never make such a claim for myself, but I do understand the impulse. Arts criticism is an art in itself, and like every other art form, the truly great practitioners ...
2 Sep 2010
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I’ve always been fascinated by the varied intersections of music and technology – some (potentially) successful , some less so . This one definitely goes into the former category. Those of you who skip over these tech-heavy blog posts, please...
2 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
The Times of London has the words I lacked four days ago . Their website is behind a paywall, so I can’t link you to the review. Ordinarily, I respect paywalls, but since most of you reading this couldn’t buy a copy of The Times if you want...
1 Sep 2010
Inside the Classics
For our hardworking staff and stage crew, tours are essentially an exercise in waiting for something to go horribly wrong. A cargo truck transporting our instruments and wardrobe trunks from one city to another could have an accident. A musician c...
29 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
This is going to be a quick post, because it’s been a very long couple of days, and quite honestly, I need a drink. But despite my blatant attempt to jinx tonight’s concert, we all made it to Edinburgh on time and, after grabbing a bite wherever...
28 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
I don’t really have words for it right now, which I think we can all agree is unusual for me. Let’s just say that it was a night to remember, and I hope you had the chance to listen in. If not, the BBC’s got you covered here and here with an a...
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