March 8. 2011 marks the centenary celebration of International Women's Day. Each March 8, for the last 25 years, I have programmed a veritable festival of women in music. I did this for rock, I did it for jazz, and these days, with the help of interns from the Eastman School of Music's Arts Leadership Program, I do it for classical.
Chris Van Hof lent me a copy of the book "Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music" by Angela Myles Beeching. Violinist Philip Ying calls it â€śthe ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician,â€ť and the more I pour over it, the more I think it contains a lot of good advice for anyone working in a creative field.
Beeching oversees the career center at New England Conservatory of Music, and in this volume she summarizes the counsel she offers aspiring musicians, including tips on practical matters such as web-site design, managing money, and using social networking tools. As a professional church musician, I found this tip helpful; â€śAvoid playing more than twenty-five minutes without a five- minute break.â€ť (Okay, I can do this if that five minute break includes chocolate!) Beeching also extends this advice to any physical activity: gardening, typing, sports, etc. Take breaks, she urges. She recommends daily exercise, soaking in the beauty of nature, and carving out time for non-musical activities.
Hereâ€™s some general advice she gives career counselors working with musicians: â€śLook for the light in the eyes.â€ť Your eyes reflect your true passions.
Finally, this gem. Israeli composer Lio Navokâ€™s compares the artistâ€™s creative internal fire to a small, gold box. â€śItâ€™s something absolutely personal and irreplaceable in each of us that we need to safeguard,â€ť he says.
I have a gold box. You have one, too. Hold it close.
Superbowl advertisers turned to classical composers to help them sell carbonated beverages (with Rossini's William Tell Overture), a new TV series (cue Carl Orff's Carmina Burana), cars (via John Williams' The Empire Strikes Back) and bright orange chips which may not be the healthiest thing for you or your dog. In my opinion, the juxtaposition of Verdi's Requiem with a slow-motion, runni
As we observe the Third Sunday in Lent, weâ€™ll hear several settings of the psalm of the day, Psalm 121, â€śI will lift up my eyes to the hills,â€ť which has been wonderfully set by composers from the US and abroad.
Our journey through the season of Lent continues, with music based on psalm texts of devotion and introspection. We also will hear music about Mary, in observance of the Feast of the Annunciation later in the week.