Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.11.14

Gerard Mortier’s Last Day in Salzburg (when Viennese Opera found its place on the lunatic fringe)
AJBlog: Condemned to Music | Published 2014-03-12

The Enigma of Acting, and Longing for Adelaide
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-03-11

The Met Aces A New Online Feature
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-11

Bruening: Part of the “New Joy” movement in Public Art
AJBlog: Aesthetic Grounds | Published 2014-03-11



Haves/Have-Nots: Here’s Who Reads In England


“More than one in four (27%) of adults from the poorest socio-economic backgrounds said they never read books themselves, compared with just 13% of those from the richest socio-economic backgrounds.”

How A Small Bay Area Theatre Became A Powerhouse

Patrick Dooley director Shotgun Players Berkeley

“Our audience is made up of many of the greatest scientists, computer engineers, cooks, urban gardeners, authors, environmentalists in the country, if not the world. They want their experience at the theater to reflect the complexity and thoughtfulness of their daily work.”

Where Were The Outstanding Women Jazz Instrumentalists?


“Were there no female musicians playing instruments or do we just not know about them? The truth is that there were plenty of capable and talented ladies, but social expectations for the household matriarch did not include frequenting dance halls at night and touring around the country for weeks in a bus full of men.”

Remembering Gerard Mortier And His Influence In America

Gerard Mortier

“I can think of no one more important than the crafty, brilliant Belgian impresario in making opera a uniquely telling, relevant, contemporary and meaningfully controversial art form in Europe. But it wasn’t only Europe and it wasn’t only opera in which Mortier’s influence has proven pervasive.”

Study: Reading Literature Can Make You Less Racist


“Narrative fiction offers a rich context in which exposure to out-group culture and (a process of emotional) merging can occur,” the researchers conclude. “Supporting this notion, there is growing evidence that reading a story engages many of the same neural networks involved in empathy.”

Minnesota Orchestra Board Wants Vänskä Back, But Not as Music Director: Report


“Vänskä might be asked to take a limited role as a principal guest conductor, leading perhaps eight to 10 concerts a season, but without administrative duties, two sources within the orchestra’s board of directors said Monday.” The same sources say that the board voted strongly in support of controversial CEO Michael Henson.

Minnesota Orchestra Fans Press Board Hard for Vänskä’s Rehiring (As Music Director)

Osmo MinnPost

“Members of Save Our Symphony Minnesota have made it clear they’re not going away now that the lockout has ended. More importantly, they’ve made it clear to the board that they want Henson gone and Vänskä back … But understand, many of the board members are corporate heavyweights. Most corporate heavyweights don’t react well to ultimatums.”

George Saunders Is First Winner of Folio Prize

George Saunders

For his short story collection Tenth of December, “Saunders, a former Guardian columnist, became the first winner of the £40,000 Folio prize, an award created by people in the books industry who felt frustrated by what they see as the shortcomings of the Man Booker.”