That’s not music!

How to talk to someone who hates a piece of creative work “That’s not music!” A friend told me recently that her teenager had responded with this pithy phrase, when hearing a piece of contemporary classical music. It wasn’t familiar, it wasn’t “cool”, so the kid just disregarded it, and wanted it turned off. She … Read more

Don’t blame experiment for “killing classical music”

This article from Ireland actually made me laugh out loud:  Click here. (And do read the lot. Even if you disagree with me, it will get your brain moving.) Our regular readers have seen me respond to other examples of the “classical is dead” harangue, particularly the ongoing diatribes that are so often rooted in … Read more

New Music Is the New Black

(or perhaps the canary in the mine?) Hi, tenor Nathan Granner here. I’ve been singing opera and classical music professionally for over 25 years and producing live shows, tours, recording albums for around 15 years. I’ve seen a lot in my day! Here are some of my thoughts. I’ve been so crazy these past months … Read more

Jasmine week

Southern California Vocal Events from Jim Eninger’s Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter from the South Bay “Three Wishes” — LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights   Every year, the week before Memorial Day is like what I used to call “Jasmine Day”: there are bushes around, and they’re nice. But then there’s the day, every year (coming … Read more

Twelve hours of new

After last year’s impressive success with their inaugural new music marathon, LA Phil is again offering a twelve-hour stretch of contemporary wonders, with “Noon to Midnight” in Downtown LA.  Pop-up performances, food trucks, a chance to wander Disney Hall, music al fresco, and so much variety that there truly will be something for everyone.  Whether … Read more

New music gets space in the national spotlight

Big news this week includes the announcement of a centralized place to showcase your upcoming new music events.  New Music USA has announced it will provide Event Pages for the first time, and registered users can advertise their new music events for free, and make that information easily available to an international audience. SoCal violinist Movses … Read more

That time when Ireland lit a fire under US classical diversity

So an online conversation about the sameness of classical music in Ireland has grown a much broader impact than just the Emerald Isle.  On March 14, three female Irish composers took their community to task via social media for a lack of gender and ethnic diversity in local programming. Their tweetstorm blew across the Atlantic to … Read more

Two events to expand your network

There are lots of ways to meet new people and build new relationships, for your career and for artistic inspiration.  Two proven, time-tested methods stay at the top of the list: Show up Learn skills The more people see you, the more your name and your work will stick in their minds.  The stronger your … Read more

unSUNg proposals now accepted for 2017

Can it really be our fifth year?  It can!  We’re currently accepting proposals for season #5 of unSUNg: Songs Uncommon and New, our unusual summer concert series in Glendale.  This year’s events again take place on three Sundays, all at 4pm:  July 9, July 30 and August 20, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Brand … 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

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