Arts Catch-up: News through 10/24/16

Whatdja miss?  Don’t let Facebook and late-night TV be your sole sources for arts news.  Take a second and read something!  Here are a few stories you may have missed in the last week or so: Bloggerville — Muses, reviews, and a farewell “Jason McVicker, 1962-2016” — Parterre Box, 10/17/16 One of the opera world’s beloved observers … Read more

Arts catch-up: News through 10/18/16

Unless you were hiding under a rock this week, you’ve probably heard the news about Bob Dylan‘s Nobel (and the fact that they can’t get in touch with him).  You may even have heard about what Mozart can do for a good grape. But here are a few other stories you may have missed in the … Read more

Arts Catch-up: News through 10/10/16

What’s going on in the arts world?   Here are a few articles you may have missed in the last week: Champions of music (and musicians) “Philip Glass: own your work and get paid for it” — Kottke.org, 10/5/16 The maverick composer talks about a basic financial tenet for the artistic life. “How the performing arts can … Read more

Monday Catch-up: Menfolk take center stage

Welcome to our first edition of “Monday Catch-up”, a chance to stay abreast of what’s going on in the arts, particularly classical music and opera! It’s the guys who are making arts news this week, with a question of age and casting, a clever approach to bringing classical to kiddos, a steamy calendar, and various health issues (and … Read more

US composers get a peek at L.A.’s new music scene

Thanks to LA composer and clarinettist Alicia Byer,  LA’s active new music community got some cyberink this month, with a series of articles on NewMusic Box — the blog for the American Composers Forum. “Whither Los Angeles looks at the growing influence of a few of our local ensembles, the cultural elements that make this an … Read more

What keeps you in the game?

Three recent articles seem to be circling around the same theme:  stick-to-it-iveness.  This is essential for any artist, of course, as the road to success is rarely easy, and a candidate for greatness needs to not only “have it” but must also really want it to survive the slog to the top, or even to the middle. “How … Read more

Is the classical snoozing urge swathed in a double standard?

On Monday, Slate‘s J. Bryan Lowder addressed two attitudes about classical music that seem to be in conflict:  if it’s considered terrible to fall asleep at a concert, then why is it OK to use classical tunes to soothe yourself to sleep? Read his thoughts here:  “Sonata-Allegro Snooze“, 12/7/15 It’s a rather simplistic question, of course, … Read more

Music and sports: More in common than the national anthem

Three news stories about classical musicians shared an unusual element this week: Singers talk about vocal health and maintenance constantly… in general. But when it comes to admitting a malady, an injury or any condition that could affect availability, those same performers may go mute about their own condition. Apparently it’s not just us.  This … Read more

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