Happy April Fool’s Day!

I thought hard about doing a fake article or other prank today, but aside from the time that I just haven’t had time this week (see below!), the whole concept has had me thinking even harder. After the year we’ve all been through, levity is good. But is fooling each other equally good? Maybe not. … Read more

Twitter game: what’s your most memorable stage memory?

As we look ahead toward reopening and returning to some of the spaces that have been denied us in the arts, people are thinking back to some of their past performances, including best and worst memories that will linger on for decades to come. Do you have a story, photo, and/or video to share? Please … Read more

Don’t forget the silly

With viruses and freelancer laws and politics and life and speed bumps and obligations and schedules and budgets and closures and more, there are a lot of reasons to be serious right now. Don’t let it go too far. Grab a reason to cut loose at least once a day, just for the sake of … Read more

Leap Day Homework

Did you know that “Leap Day”, that extra day that comes every four years and creates a 29th day for February, is also Rossini’s birthday? We must celebrate!, even if it’s not all in the same place. Unfortunately, a variety of factors (including flu worries, venue issues and more) have brought us to one conclusion: … Read more

What do with that extra hour

Good morning!  It’s 8am.  Have you shown up an hour early for church, with no coffee in sight?  Never fear.  Here are a few things that can help you pass the time in classic fall fashion: Read something, just for fun: You might be surprised how many great classics are available online, both in digital … Read more

Summer gems: A favorite recipe for the heat

Let’s just jump in and state the obvious: it’s really hot. This time of year tends to be a long, relatively silent slog into the heart of summer, when music events are fewer, more often outdoors and an intended reprieve from the grind. Our own series, unSUNg: Songs Uncommon and New, starts July 30, and … Read more

International Tabletop Day — it’s for us, too

Board games have enjoyed a serious resurgence in the last few years, and whether it’s a genuine anti-tech reaction or a simple swing of the entertainment pendulum, it’s bringing people together in new and old ways. Today, April 29, is International Tabletop Day, and classical music fans shouldn’t feel left out:  there are always the requisite customized … Read more

Beethoven, ten ways

Classical music is a serious art form.  But finding ways to avoid taking it too seriously is so very important.  Thanks to Classic FM for this varied collection of spoofs and satires that turn Ludwig on his deaf ears, starting, of course, with Beaker — click the photo for the post and the fun:   … Read more


In case you didn’t know, September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day.  For a little “holiday” fun with a seasonal twist, here are a few random bits of nautical silliness, picked just for Listers: Pop quiz Quick: how many nautical operas and song cycles can you name in ten seconds or less?  Give it … Read more

Appropos of very little…

This week’s Hidden Gem got me thinking about programming concepts, cyclical structure, nested ideas… and I just had to share: This set of Russian matryoshka nesting dolls is one of my most prized possessions, a carefully selected, hand-carried gift from my mother-in-law after a trip to Russia.  I have no idea how she tracked it … Read more

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