Sounding boards

Another lesson that has been highlighted in recent coaching sessions: the eternal importance of sounding boards. Having a mentor or buddy who creates a safe space for innovation and experimentation between you is actually a rare and precious thing, and that is a relationship worth pursuing, nurturing and protecting once you’ve found someone who is … Read more

Already April…

We’re no April Fools! There are too many good things happening to stay home. In addition to the featured events below, look ahead to The Queen’s Six in the desert on the 7th, a gorgeous concert from Jouyssance on the 10th, and Fidelio coming to the LA Phil on the 14th. Easter is also looming, and churches all over the Southland will … Read more


And all of a sudden, the calendar is full to bursting. Concerts are back, with a very musical vengeance. (Take that, COVID!) It’s great to see a week like this, with opera, concerts, recitals and more clamoring for audiences. Halfway through Lent, look for special services, oratorios and so much excellent sacred music that the … Read more

LAMC mixes it up with “Handel / Pärt”

It was good to be back at Walt Disney Concert Hall last Sunday, and with a house that looked about 3/4 full, it seems plenty of other folks were glad to be there for the LA Master Chorale, as well. Starting the concert with “Prayer for Ukraine” by Mykola Lysenko, in a rich and evocative … Read more


It’s a season, it’s a feeling, it’s a verb, and it’s a little feathered friend who is not appearing here just for the cute factor.  (But ain’t he, tho?) Spring is the perfect time to spruce up, shake off the doldrums and refresh any part of your life that seems to need it.  We’ll be talking about … Read more

Thoughts on disruption

It’s been a very big week for SoCal arts, with both happy and sad news aplenty. But we’re used to some shaking, right? The Colburn School announced a mammoth $350 million expansion with the help of some architect named Frank Gehry (oh yeah, he’s that guy who likes silver buildings…). Long Beach Opera canceled their … Read more

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