JoAnn Falletta

Comfort and joy

I admit it.  December is not my favorite time of year. With so many cards to write, gifts to wrap, cookies to frost, and extra church services to plan and direct, I often feel overwhelmed by what feels like a month-long To Do List.  That's a terrible thing to say, but I know I'm not alone. A survey conducted a couple of years ago by Harris Interactive showed 90 percent of respondents experience stress during the holiday season. 

Buffalo Phil Director appointed to National Council on the Arts

The Buffalo News is reporting that President Bush has appointed JoAnn Falletta to the National Council on the Arts. Falletta has served as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 10 years.

Council members help wade through grant applications, decide how tax money is spent, and weigh in on national initiatives.  They also advise the National Endowment for the Arts on programs and policies. 

Falletta is in good company:  musicians such as Leonard Bernstein and Isaac Stern have served on the same council.  Her term will expire in 2012. 

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RPO, Grammys

Jeff Tyzik must be bummed.

The RPO’s excellent Gershwin CD didn’t make the list of Grammy contenders announced today in Los Angeles. About pianist Jon Nakamatsu’s 2007 much-praised collaboration with the RPO, my colleague Mordecai Lipshutz said, “At least they’re selling well.”

"That's not right!" exclaimed my friend Carl Pultz when he heard the news that the RPO had been left off the list. Carl says this proves the nominating system is "corrupt."

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