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  • An Update On The Efforts To Save Military Music
    It’s time for an update on current efforts to help block proposed a funding amendment in the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill designed to gut military music programs. If you’ve been keeping up with what has been going on, you already kno...
  • Why Yes, That JPG Does Make You Look Fat.
    We’ve examined the importance of page load speed here over the course of a few articles, each containing useful resources for measuring page load speed, but we haven’t taken a closer look at how you can help prevent the most common cause...

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  • What Many Of Us Have Learned
    Awhile back Barry Hessenius asked me to write a “What I Have Learned” essay for his blog. He noted that in the past he often featured similar pieces written by people who were approaching the end of their career. This time around he wante...
  • Finding Things Out Only Adds
    Since I seem to have started on a philosophical kick this week, how about we consider Richard Feynman’s “Ode To A Flower” commentary in the video below? You can also see it illustrated in an awesome Zen Pencil’s comic. Like Fe...

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  • I’m a condescending bore. You’re an ignorant dilettante. Please give us money.
    There is condescension in every field and every aspect of life. You can’t get away from it. But in the nonprofit arts sector the condescending tone needs to stop. And yes, this is somewhat about the snobby affectation classical music can allude to,...
  • Allowing Voices To Be Heard
    It’s been nearly a month since performing a recital in Walker State Faith and Character Based Prison. The experience was no doubt memorable, but after finally reading all of the surveys prisoners filled out and notes jotted down by prisoner mentor,...

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  • Indivisible, with Acknowledgement, and Justice for All
    Victory for Theater Musicians north of Washington, DC! Since 1938, the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts has elicited rave reviews and contributed greatly to the culture of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Over the years, the theater agreed to union...
  • The 3 Most Difficult Musical Instruments
    Which instrument is the most difficult to play? Whether music is your profession or a hobby from your childhood, chances are likely that you’ve participated in this age-old debate. Or at the very least, you’ve given it some thought. Usual...

 

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  • Big News Out Of New York This Morning
      New York’s WQXR is a leading radio station in the classical music world, so when they make big changes, people tend to notice.  This morning marked the beginning of a big shift when it comes to the organization’s content and the d...
  • Playing Chicken With A Hornet’s Nest: A Follow-Up About Opera
    This post brought to you by the Department of “That Escalated Quickly!” I’m not sure where to begin, other than to say that this is a post I’ve been mulling over for a while.  My previous post, in which I called for an end to...

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  • Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.
    Many people know I’m extremely fortunate to play on an incredible violin that’s gained even more notoriety over the past couple of years. One of the numerous challenges after it was stolen was to try and pick up where I left off artistic...
  • My Endless Summer
    In 1979 I was 15 years old and not sure I wanted to play the violin anymore; I was in my hometown of San Diego coming off a hiatus of about a year or so. The only reason I was hanging in was because I’d just started with a new teacher who someh...
 

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  • Catching up!
    I have been neglecting the blog these last days - well largely because there is little operatic or musical that I have been up to. But life goes on on even without those two important strands! I made a trip...
  • Jette Parker Summer showcase
    © 2015 ROH Photograph Jay Brooks This afternoon the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Program was on display for the public with their annual Summer performance. There was a full house, with an enthusiastic and rather rowdy audience -...
 

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  • GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM
    Well, it’s happened. You’ve squandered another perfectly good practice session by reading this blog. The good news is that it’s the last time you’re going to be able to blame me for missing that F sharp 9 diminished arpeggio,...
  • CODA. MY LAST POST…FOR NOW
    The height of your success is determined by the depth of your foundation.. To wrap up what has been a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas, to have heated and deep discussions and some real fun, I first have to thank Drew McManus (Adaptistration) f...

Lynn Harrell

  • Cello Perspectives With WFMT
    I had the pleasure of participating in WFMT’s cello month, which is planning to broadcast Songs My Father Taught Me on January 31st at 10:00 PM Central Time.  Noel Morris published a lovely piece about everything at the WFMT blog, which incl...
  • Thank you, Henri.
    Henri Dutilleux has died. His work as a musician and composer is, and like Stravinsky, will remain a pinnacle of accomplishment from our time; and given how long his creativity lasted, it is fair to say his achievements span multiple generations. I h...
 

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