FlyOver: April 2009 Archives

The executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced last week she was resigning at the end of the current season. Jan Newcomb, who had been on the job for just 18 months, said in an e-mail sent to the orchestra's musicians and administrative staff that she was retiring after 30 years working for arts groups to "take the time to do and enjoy other endeavors." She cited spending more time with her family and getting to know Charleston better. Newcomb added she may stay on as a consultant during a search for a suitable replacement. Her retirement came about a week after news emerged that the CSO's resident conductor Scott Terrell took a position in Kentucky as the artistic director of the Lexington Philharmonic.

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April 27, 2009 3:06 PM | | Comments (0)
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The truth about yourself will make you feel more alive. That's what Spinoza thought. The 17th-century philosopher thought happiness came from realizing one's nature. This may sound like Oprah and the Quest for the Real Me, but it's not quite the same. This is about essence, the fundamental stuff of existence, not psychotherapy. And anyway, Spinoza believed truth played a large role in realizing that essence. Oprah is more often about feeling better about yourself. Spinoza liked to watch spiders fighting to the death. It's doubtful he was looking to feel better. It might be doubtful that he felt much of anything.

Spinoza's theory of essence came to mind while reviewing a charming and also brutal new volume of poetry by Adam Zagajewski for the Pittsburgh City Paper. It's called Eternal Enemies (FSG) and the opponents in question are those dueling forces that couldn't exist without each other. Like men and women. In the wedding ode, "Epithalamium," Zagajewski equates the battle of the sexes with the battle of time and love. They fight, exerting "hours of anxiety, anger, even hatred / but also compassion, deep feeling." Perhaps in marriage the truth might be revealed so we can "see other beings / in their enigmatic, complex essence."

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April 11, 2009 8:48 AM | | Comments (0)

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About Last Night
Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Artful Manager
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
blog riley
rock culture approximately
critical difference
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dog Days
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
Life's a Pitch
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
Mind the Gap
No genre is the new genre
Performance Monkey
David Jays on theatre and dance
Plain English
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Real Clear Arts
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
Rockwell Matters
John Rockwell on the arts
Straight Up |
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude

Foot in Mouth
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Seeing Things
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...

Jazz Beyond Jazz
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...

Out There
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Serious Popcorn
Martha Bayles on Film...

classical music
Creative Destruction
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
The Future of Classical Music?
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
On the Record
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Slipped Disc
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds

Jerome Weeks on Books
Quick Study
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera

Drama Queen
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
lies like truth
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world

Aesthetic Grounds
Public Art, Public Space
Another Bouncing Ball
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Modern Art Notes
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog
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