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  • Heck With Garage Bands, Rock The Porch!
    Ever since I first heard them mentioned during our state arts council’s grant panel discussion, I have been keeping an eye on the PorchRokr Festival up near Akron. The hook of the festival is that the artists apply perform on people’s fro...
  • Overhead By Any Other Name
    FastCoExist recently continued its discussion about how a poor view of non-profit overhead cost is limiting the good such organizations can do by offering some “rebranding” suggestions in order to help change perceptions. As an illustrati...

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,...

Who's Your Audience?

  • 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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  • CBC 234: Justin Locke returns!
    Today’s episode is a “round two” with Justin Locke. After playing double bass for many years with the Boston Pops, Justin is now a management coach, speaker, author, and playwright. We talk about many concepts, including the Toyota Lean Manufac...
  • Winning the Audition 2: Practicing Techniques for Peak Auditions
    Welcome to Winning the Audition – a special series from Contrabass Conversations featuring advice from leaders in the field about preparing and executing auditions successfully.  This series is drawn from interviews conducted with dozens of ...

Brian-Dickie

  • Glyndebourne Prom
    Imagine 5,000 people cheering after 3 hours of wonderful Rossini - a full to capacity Royal Albert Hall for the Glyndebourne Prom performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia. It is a most remarkable event for all the artists concerned, and...
  • 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...
 

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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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