Chris Van Hof's blog

A do-it-yourself diva--and she's normal to boot!

"I'd abolish all music competitions. People should be judged on their merits, not against other people. And I'd like to dispel the myth that high art is snobbish – it just needs a bit of effort on both sides."  With sentiment like that, this diva clearly has her feet firmly rooted on the ground.
 
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My forte is louder than yours!

"The day I enter a music competition is the day the New York Phil and Chicago Symphony duke it out in a steel cage Mahler death match."  What are the benfits of music competitions?
 
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Steve vs. Stephen: Colbert disses minimalism

Stephen Colbert gets angered anytime someone snubs him.  In this case, Steve Reich's Pulitzer sets Colbert off. There's a brief commercial first, then the segment:
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NYC with no LVB, JSB, or FJH??

You always hear us ask "what would your life be like without classical music on the radio?"  Well, New York City might be about to find out.
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The YouTube Symphony!

Snoring cat videos meet 21st-century classical music meet...Michael Tilson Thomas!  It's official: the YouTube Symphony has landed:
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New Classical Music Magazine

There is a new magazine devoted to classical music, and it's based out of the United States (unlike Grammphone or BBC, which come to us from overseas).  This has the potential to really set a course of what "classical music" means in America.  I've got my thoughts, and I'd love to hear yours!
 
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Will play for low-e lightbulbs

Famed conductor Claudio Abbado will happily lead your opera company--just include a new forest in the contract and you're golden.
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OK, I'll quit being so serious all the time

If any orchestra wants to play this on their next season, I'll arrange it for them.  RPO, I'm looking at you.

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When orchestras discriminate

 How do we approach an orchestra with a sordid history and some questionable tactics when it comes to hiring women and minorities?  This March, New Yorkers will face that exact question when the Vienna Philharmonic comes to Carnegie Hall.

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