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  • Stuff A Computer Programmer In Your Arts Hole
    Possible evidence of what I suggested yesterday regarding the need to discuss all the career paths available to arts grads comes in a post last week by Alex Tabbarok Marginal Revolution blog. Tabbarok opens by reviewing graduation data he used in a b...
  • A Real Artist Wouldn’t…
    Throughout my life I have frequently seen articles about all the careers you can pursue with X major. Some of the options seemed a little far fetched and based on individual outlier examples. (Though philosophy majors have racked up some interesting ...

Neo Classical

  • Thank Your Music Teacher
    Coming from New York City to sing with the Chattanooga Symphony for the Holiday Pops, Scott Coulter was coming home. Coming home to Chattanooga where his musical journey began. Scott announced to the audience, “Is Jan Johnson in the house? Jan was ...
  • The Next Concerto is…
    As of right now, the next concerto I play with my orchestra is top secret. That is until the Chattanooga Symphony’s 2016-17 concert season is announced. I’ve been having a lot of fun dropping hints on Facebook and Twitter about which concerto it ...

Who's Your Audience?

  • Dollars and Sense
    “I’d like to go, but tickets are just too expensive.” This has been expressed to me on numerous occasions since I began with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. At first, I was inclined as a newcomer to take their word for it. My ...

 

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  • Classical Radio in the Jungle
    Warning: Minor spoilers below.  I sat through a good portion of the Golden Globe Awards ceremony last night.  Usually I hate watching awards shows, and for the most part, was bored to tears by this one as well.  But for lovers of classical music, ...
  • Classical Music Rising: Does It Go Far Enough?
    A new year, and some new things happening in the classical music radio world.  Probably no news is bigger than SRG’s (Station Resource Group) announcement of a new task force to address the concerns that classical music broadcasters face going...

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  • 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...
  • The Bitter End
    I first met Christopher Ling around 1994, a few years after he’d relocated to Beaumont, TX from Manchester, UK (!) and was thinking about starting a management company for classical musicians. I can’t remember exactly how our paths crosse...
 

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  • David Murray interview coming soon!
    I had a chance to sit down with Butler University double bass professor and noted soloist and clinician David Murray recently for an extremely fun and interesting interview.  David and I covered all sorts of topics, including lessons with Gary Karr ...
  • Ron Carter interview coming soon!
    I had the chance to interview jazz bass legend Ron Carter recently for Contrabass Conversations.  Ron has, of course, been a hugely influential figure in the world of the bass, from his work with Miles Davis in the 1960s through his dozens of recor...

Brian-Dickie

  • The LPO
    Over the river to the Royal Festival Hall 7:00 pm February 11 2016 I was at an odd concert yesterday evening at the Festival Hall - Dvorak and Sibelius though nothing odd about that……no, it was the two works -...
  • Paris Capriccio
    Garnier from the "Gods" 7:15 pm February 6 2016 I was once again high up in the opera on Saturday evening, this time in Paris for Robert Carsen's production of Capriccio, now running until February 14. Here was a bird's...
 

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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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