Reveling

The arts season isn’t just about growth. It’s when we show off our very best, when organizations are looking ahead and culminating at the same time. The surge of activity, before the summer doldrums, can leave performers and audiences on a high, and we ride that momentum through the hotter months. And all of that … Read more

Big finish in progress

We’re starting the thick of graduation and finale season: the next few weeks will hold arts orgs’ biggest events to wrap up seasons, as well as all kinds of activities that bridge the transition between spring and summer… and for many, new lives. This means plenty of choral music, especially programs with a mix of … Read more

We’re back

Very happy to return after a nerve injury had me sidelined for a few weeks. (Laptops like users to sit up, apparently.) Thanks to all for your patience, and for keeping the music going without me. There was plenty cheering from the sidelines! We’re heading into the last weeks of the classical season, and there … Read more

POP is growing up with new ED, new HQ (and possibly more acronyms to come!)

Katherine Powers, new Executive Director for Pacific Opera Project

With a new headquarters in the works and a new Executive Director, it’s clear that Pacific Opera Project is building for the future.

Mind like water

I’d like to offer up a simple concept that has helped many, and may help you if you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or out of control. (First off, you’re not alone, or this post wouldn’t seem necessary!) It comes from the Japanese Mizu no Kokoro, commonly translated as “Mind like water”. This concept is rooted in … Read more

Finding your social media groove

Don’t let social media take over your life. By assigning specific functions to a few platforms you enjoy, you can maximize your impact and keep things interesting for different audiences.

Energy burst

The official first day of spring is coming up this week, and California has felt like it’s experiencing a huge growth spurt. With so much rain (thank goodness) and more arts happenings taking place everywhere, the world seems to be charged with excitement, even as we continue to learn to live cautiously with COVID. Spring … Read more

Turning green

This issue doesn’t quite reach to St. Patrick’s Day, but somehow it feels bigger this year. Perhaps we all need some extra luck. Maybe it’s how the rain is turning Southern California lush and snowy and green all over. It could be the persistence of green treats all around us. But whatever your Leprechaun-like totem … Read more

Benefits of schmoozing with the Listers

What have you done for your career lately? Almost any professional field will include plenty of discussion of networking, and according to LinkedIn, 80% of professionals believe networking is essential to a strong career, and nearly all surveyed favor face-to-face meetings for building stronger, long-term relationships. Working in the arts, most of us are perpetually … Read more

Unique week

It’s not every seven days that we see a world premiere after more than a century and a half; a dance-opera themed around a spiritual equine; separate performances of ancient masterworks by des Prez and Monteverdi; fascinating learning opportunities; AND a half-century birthday concert for Thomas Ad├Ęs, one of the most gifted creators of his … Read more

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