Arts and Culture

Rick Steves' Viva España on WXXI-TV

Sat, 06/04/2011 - 5:00pm

Join Rick Steves and experience the very best of Spain.

The Music Instinct: Science and Song

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 7:00pm

The true power of music unfolds in this documentary hosted by Bobby McFerrin and Dr. Daniel Levitin.

The Cat and the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Marathon on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 8:00am

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with the Cat in the Hat and all his friends!

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 8:00pm

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Tuesdays this March on Classical 91.5.

El Paso Pro Musica Festival

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 8:00pm

El Paso Chamber Music Festival receives international critical acclaim each year, and has a history of bringing artistic excellence to the border region.

Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:00pm

A fascinating look at the creative genius behind beloved children's books including Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House.

The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House on WXXI-TV

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 8:00pm

The White House hosts a Motown celebration in honor of Black History Month.

Who Does She Think She Is?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 9:00pm

The film follows five women artists as they navigate the economic, psychological, and spiritual challenges of making work outside the elite art world.

Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 4:30pm

Family and friends, photos and home movies recall Erma Bombeck's life and career.

Gold box

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 “the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician,” 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; “Avoid playing more than twenty-five minutes without a five- minute break.” (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.

Here’s some general advice she gives career counselors working with musicians: “Look for the light in the eyes.”  Your eyes reflect your true passions.  

Finally, this gem. Israeli composer Lio Navok’s compares the artist’s creative internal fire to a small, gold box.  “It’s something absolutely personal and irreplaceable in each of us that we need to safeguard,” he says.   I have a gold box.  You have one, too.  Hold it close.

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