A recent concert-going experience caused a mix of emotion for me: pleasure, frustration, and ultimately boredom. It then forced me to ask the question: what's wrong with clapping between movements at a classical music concert?
Practice rooms are a-buzz and butterflies will be flying as the eight finalists in the Eastman School of Music Friends of Eastman Opera Competition prepare for the finals on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
“I live my life through my work. It’s not really about career anything like that. It’s about how you get through the days and having the good fortune and the opportunity to think about the kind of musical issues that really give my life real meaning.” - Joseph Schwantner
Hear the recording of last weekend’s world premiere of Schwantner’s new work “Chasing Light . . .” Monday, September 29th at 10:00 p.m. (ET) streaming on Nevada’s KUNR. The piece will be played by 58 orchestras in all 50 U.S. states. Schwantner taught at the Eastman School of Music for several decades.
The other day, a friend warned me to avoid the new Facebook game, Scramble. Too addictive, he said. If you use the online social networking site Facebook, you know it contains many such delightful ways to avoid work.
This dynamic young woman from St. Louis has a sparkling personality and a clarity of voice that was captivating. Her voice changed from powerful to beautifully sensitive as she expressed the changing character of the music. Photo by Gerry Szymanski