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  • Resources From Unexpected Places-Federal Reserve Banks
    Okay, I know this week I posted a piece that continued my long standing assertion that talking about the economic impact of the arts is not an effective way to garner long term support and investment around arts and cultural activities. However, whil...
  • You Too Can Help Build Public Will For Arts And Culture
    Long time readers will know that for the last year or so I have been a bit of an evangelist for the burgeoning effort to Build Public Will For Arts and Culture. What impresses me about the effort is that it learns from the successes and mistakes of p...

Neo Classical

  • 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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  • 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...
  • What to Do When You’re Not Perfect
    Mistakes… Have you ever made one? In front of other people? Did it prompt you to start thinking negatively? Did it influence deeper fears and concerns? Me too. So what to do when that happens? How do we manage the multitude of thoughts and fe...

 

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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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  • Guest Post: Banish burnout and rejuvenate your playing!
    Hi readers, Peter Tambroni here doing a guest post for DoubleBassBlog.org. I will be doing a semi-regular column from my perspective as a long time public school string teacher and bassist. ____________________________ It happens to all of us. We pra...
  • Terry Plumeri performs The Caves of Peacock Springs
    In May, I put out a tribute podcast to composer, conductor, and bassist Terry Plumeri.  Tragically, he was murdered in April of this year in his home in Florida. I thought it fitting to follow up with a couple of videos featuring Terry.  The follow...

Brian-Dickie

  • Hard hitting evening.....
    © Bill Cooper Peter Coleman-Wright, Alexandra Deshorties and company - the WNO In Parenthesis at the Royal Opera House We have a strange clash in London this week with two of our fine out of London companies in town simultaneously...
  • More gloom
    We swing from grey misery to the occasional ray of sunshine. Sunday from the top of the new Tate Modern building was depressing, Monday at Garsington was glorious, in no way reflecting the character of the opera, Idomeneo - and...
 

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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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