Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

New beginnings and the Jester conducts

Hi! Happy New Year!  Since it’s a time for new beginnings, perhaps it’s time for me actually to start keeping in touch and writing some things here. I’m not quite sure what it will be. Brenda describes it as a sandbox. A sandbox is a much more inviting notion than a blank page. Hopefully you can jump in and play too when you have the time.

No more procrastinating; let’s get started.

Here’s a cool new thing I learned this weekend. Danny Kaye was a conductor. Danny Kaye, the Court Jester, conducted the New York Philharmonic and other major orchestras.

The Best Music of 2011



When first considering the best music of this year, I posed the question to the facebook community. After all the music I had heard over the year, it was surprising how much of it I hadn’t, and how much of that shows up as favorites to those who have heard it.

 

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What would Santa play?

One of these pictures shows the REAL Santa getting ready for the big season.  The rest show his talented helpers.  Which one is REALLY him?

News and views

Let’s talk image.  This week, two leading critics offered harsh assessments of the deadly blandness of classical musicians’ wardrobes.

Thanksgiving

"In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?"  - Igor Stravinsky

 

Transitions

The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones.  The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.

Masks of the Rochester Early Music Fest

 

The 11th annual Rochester Early Music Festival offered Music for All Hallows: Spirits, Saints, and Sinners.

A few audience members and musicians wore masks from Venice, China, and Japan.

Happy Halloween!



Singing Mahler with people I love

In the first book of a two-volume autobiography, Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty (University of Rochester Press, 2011) Gunther Schuller reflects on his early influences.