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  • Improving Survey Results, But Not The Experience
    Two days ago I wrote about how “experience” is increasingly valued by consumers over things like brand, product and opportunity.  Hopefully you noticed that I attributed my enjoyment largely to the service elements of the experience and ...
  • Now That I Hear You Say Aloud Like That…
    There has been some trepidation among members of the Kentucky arts community following the governor’s recent dismissal and reconstitution of the state arts council. Gov. Bevin dismissed all but four of the council members, reduced the size of t...

Neo Classical

  • What Prisoners Taught Me About Music Appreciation
    Returning to Walker State Faith and Character Based Prison this past week once again left me with more than I brought in. Joining me on the hour-long recital was Nashville cellist and social worker, Michael Samis. The recital began like it did the la...
  • No Conductor, No Problem Part 4: Seeking Haydn Amongst Friends
    Honestly, I started off not caring about Haydn’s 31st Symphony. But studying and preparing the work during the last several months for the upcoming conductor-less concert has been an unexpectedly exciting journey. Before I collected and geeked out ...

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  • And Make my Garden Grow.
    DISCLAIMER: This entry is very much in the “Dear Diary” style. It isn’t intended to be narcisstic drivel, but rather a “Thinking Outloud” Session. So if you can handle just a couple minutes of “Doug Time”, I...
  • Month 2: Crime and Peace
    Cultural Event: Old-Time Radio and Chamber Music (Pictured: Radio Players West with trombonists Reed Capshaw, Adam Moen, and Mark Fry) On October 4th, Chamber Music on the Fox presented “Crime Classics” in Elgin, Illinois. They teamed u...

 

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  • We are More Important Than Ever
    It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog, and for that I apologize.  In the past six months, I’ve resumed a daily airshift, plus I’ve absorbed the duties of the music library assistant, making blogging less of an ...
  • 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...

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  • Hiatus
    I love writing for nondivisi and have cherished the opportunity to do so, however sporadic the content and quality have been. But with a heavy heart I must inform you that nondivisi is now on indefinite hiatus, due to a serious illness within my imme...
  • 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...
 

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  • Scott Devine is transforming online music education
    “What else do you do?” said the neurologist to Scott Devine. “Because you’ll never play bass again.” How would you feel after hearing that news? What would you do? Scott was making his living as a gigging bassist when he...
  • Weekly Update for 12/7/16 – Double Bass News and Events
    Welcome to the weekly update from Contrabass Conversations! Visit contrabassconversations.com/news for all previous episodes and more information. News of the Week Giving Tuesday from the International Society of Bassists For your gift of $100 or mor...

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  • Adams in London
    I took this photo of John Adams when he was with us in Chicago to conduct A Flowering Tree in 2009. And it was great to see him as ebullient as ever on the podium with the LSO with El...
  • Excellent Opera North!
    My second evening in Edinburgh's Festival Theatre was the Leeds company's excellent Billy Budd - a perfect vehicle to display the in-depth strengths of this company. The title role was taken by the seasoned and distinguished Roderick Williams - weari...
 

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SticksandDrones

  • 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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