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

Yes, you need to know about immigration law

With so many changes in US policy, the arts are particularly affected by conflicts surrounding visas, immigration law and the difficulties that come with a very diverse performing community.  You may have been born here, but some of your most valued colleagues may be having trouble staying and working here.  Want to bring in an … Read more

Summer reading

Whether you’re vacationing, preparing for the new school year or just getting through the summer heat, this is a very good time of year to bone up on what’s going on in the arts world. Take a look at what you’re reading the rest of the year, too:  does your Feedly list need an update? … Read more

NY steals back Borda

It’s been a dramatic week for the arts and humanities across the country, of course, and for all the calls to action, you may somehow have missed the news that LA Phil’s intrepid prez/CEO, Deborah Borda, will soon leave SoCal to return to her post with the NY Philharmonic.  This isn’t entirely a surprise, of … Read more

Yes, immigration policy affects you

In refined circles, religion and politics are the two things you should never discuss.  And as much as our own culture is changing, classical music still likes to be perceived as refined. But this blog will not be abiding by that rule.  So much for etiquette. Due to the current political crisis in the US and with … Read more

11 other thoughts on creative activism

Change is everywhere, and opinions abound.  While we respect the right of every Lister to form their own political opinions, an open mind and a hard look at the impact of the new president and his claque on the arts is essential to our existence as creators, watchdogs and guardians of creative traditions.  We’ve talked about … Read more

Two new seasons announced for 2017-18

We’re deferring to arts blogger compatriot CK Dexter Haven today: his All is Yar blog (which should be on your regular reading list) covers two recent announcements we hadn’t gotten to yet: LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season You might also want to check out this recent article: More about LA Opera: … Read more

Protesting ‘Akhnaten’; less arts coverage on Wall Street; and creativity as sanity

Arts Catch-Up:  News through 11/7/16 It’s National Opera Week!  Have you entertained enough deep thoughts about opera this week?  Do you feel that you’ve pondered your art form sufficiently? Anybody know a good joke or two?  Here are a few stories to help get the conversation started: Arts in the Media “The Wall Street Journal … Read more

News, deep thoughts, audience perspectives and the threat of a strike in SoCal

Arts Catch-Up:  News through 11/2/16 It’s National Opera Week!  Have you entertained enough deep thoughts about opera this week?  Do you feel that you’ve pondered your art form sufficiently? Anybody know a good joke or two?  Here are a few stories to help get the conversation started: Classical business “Pacific Symphony musicians threaten to strike” … Read more

Met tenor responds to “Ashgate” outrage

Depending on who you speak with, the opera community has been shocked, amused, baffled and/or incensed this week by the actions of a mourning opera lover who scattered his friend’s ashes at the Met without permission or announcement, and prompted a shut-down of one performance and the cancellation of the next. Read the New York Times’ … Read more

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