Dear Friends and Readers, If you are able, join me as I give a TEDx talk at Notre Dame, next Tuesday, January 21 in the 10:30-noon session. I will address some of the issues that occupy my creative life at this stage of my career, and specifically, how the confluence of rituals and engaged participation by the spectators can completely alter your music experience. Tickets for watching the streaming video at the De Bartolo Arts Center will be available that […]
It is now two months since the Pocket Opera Players premiered under my musical direction Michael Dellaira’s The Death of Webern, alongside John Eaton’s Rerouted, in New York City’s Symphony Space. In a way, both operas commented, one tragically and the other farcically, on the future of high art. Now Michael Dellaira sends me a wonderful article on his opera that offers both a summary and a context for his insightful work. It is worthy reading for those opera lovers […]
Last September 14 I had the opportunity to conduct Mozart’s Requiem in the Decio Theater of Notre Dame, with the Notre Dame Festival Chorus and Orchestra and the wonderful soloists Jessica McCormack, soprano; Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano; Nick Fitzer, tenor; and Stephen Lancaster, bass. Given that the hall is designed for drama and the spoken voice, I thought we would connect with our audience’s expectations better through a slightly unconventional approach, and instead of presenting a pre-concert talk, we delivered the […]
As you know by now, the crux of my research and creative activity is that music can be presented in interdisciplinary and interartistic ways. Colleagues are investigating the impact of social media in the identification and cultivation of an audience. Some of this may have simple marketing objectives. However, it may also reveal new ways of interacting with an audience as an artist. For some interesting reading, see here and here.
Categories: art and society
The irrepressible Norman Lebrecht has led us to this wonderful find: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/08/end-of-week-1-of-slipped-discs-goldberg-variations.html
The CD was a concept of Roberto Kolb and Camerata de las Américas, with research by Professor Gloria Carmona, on occasion of Chávez’ s centenary celebrations in 1999. It sold out very quickly, and now it is back! The great advantage of the new edition is that it is available for digital downloads and through Amazon.com
…or “Woman” composer, (or “Latin American” composer, for that matter) gets a perspective from composer Kristin Kuster here. It is worth reading her opinion piece in the New York Times alongside the piece she quotes from NewMusicBox. Much of what she says about women composers applies to women conductors, and both contingents are underrepresented in the high-level circles of the profession that receive the most performances or conduct the elite ensembles. She is right that women have sought to separate […]