(Re-)discovering Frederic Rzewski

Sometimes a missed opportunity becomes a new challenge on its own. With the recent and sudden death of composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski, those of us in SoCal have proximal reason to mourn, as the titan was scheduled to be part of Piano Spheres’ upcoming season, and it would have been my first chance to … Read more

Can branding be encapsulated in a font?

This has been on my mind for the last several days, as a recent article by Fast Company seems like an encouraging foray into the business of classical music, but offers an awfully narrow scope of reporting within the piece. Check out Feb 10’s “Can branding save classical music?”, which we first encountered through this … Read more

Recap: News you mighta missed, 12/6/20 edition

The world rarely arrives in sonata form… we could all use a good recap. Things to know It seems almost impossible that you might have missed this memefest entirely, but it seems clear that Christmas decor manufacturers may be considering a more careful look at the music notation they include in their tchotchkes. Facebook and … Read more

Music and results

Where does your approach to music lie? What kind of results do you expect from performance to performance? What kind of perfection are you expecting out of every recording? One of our favorite bloggers, Seth godin, speaks to two vantage points briefly and eloquently. Here’s Seth’s post: One difference between science and art | Seth’s … Read more

Recap: News you mighta missed

The world rarely arrives in sonata form… we could all use a good recap. New releases With Christmas listening and gift-giving so close at hand, this is the perfect time to pick up some new manifestations of holiday favorites. Don’t depend on radio and Spotify to fill your ears this season. Local entities have put … Read more

Kanye, opera débutant

Our admittedly snarky tweet last week, commenting on the sudden arrival of an opera by none other than Kanye West, was more a reaction to his recent interview with Joel Osteen than anything else. Be warned: self-identify as the greatest artist ever, and we’re likely to respond. News flash: Opera's long drought of sizable egos … Read more

Recap: News you mighta missed

The week rarely arrives in sonata form… but we could still use a good recap. Bravos! You never know where your voice may take you, and longtime Lister / singer-songwriter Amy Engelhardt can testify to that better than most. The sopralto was picked to lead a loquacious group of nuns to promote the Amazon adaptation … Read more

Recap: News from the week

Welcome to our new weekly feature! The week rarely arrives in sonata form, but we could all still use a good recap. Here goes… New releases A new album is available from Voxfire, the powerhouse vocal trio combining the superb talents of Samela Aird Beasom, Christen Herman and Susan Judy. Check out the group’s new … Read more

Another brick & mortar death

Sadly, the iconic Samuel French bookstore in Hollywood will close on March 31. (See UPDATE at the end.) While the publisher, which has long one of the providers of plays, scripts, libretti and more for producers and performers in the area, is closing their storefront on Sunset Boulevard, their website will remain available for online … Read more

Classical streaming gets a much-needed boost

Could it be true?  The streaming of classical tuneage is on its way up. After the miserable failures of Pandora, Spotify and other major streaming services to properly curate and deliver classical music in a meaningful and useful way, a Berlin-based service called IDAGIO is changing the game, and is finally available in the US … Read more

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