Things go better with music

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From AdAge: Just months after 4-year-old music startup Spotify partnered with Facebook to goose new-user signups and reach new audiences, it's turning to a behemoth of an entirely other type: Coca-Cola.  Spotify and the Coca-Cola Co.have forged a strategic partnership to promote the music-streaming service as it launches in new countries. In turn, Coca-Cola will feature Spotify in a campaign as the beverage giant looks to double revenue by 2020. ...Spotify will be the centerpiece of Coca-Cola's "Year of Music" campaign in 2013, said Joe … [Read more...]

The Internet is a delight

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Pitches, I have neglected you. I have no excuses except my Real Job and the 7 weddings I have to go to this year. I Tweet a lot: the lazy woman's blogging. But the Interweb continues to entertain, with or without my presence. First, via Alex Ross, we have Dan Deacon's Twitter exchange with Amtrak about his Carnegie Hall performance. The best part, believe it or not, is actually yet to come. That would be when Amtrak Tweets back, "@ebaynetflix Wow, that's awesome! We bet the performance will be amazing." And then some random … [Read more...]

Live from Los Angeles, it’s their orchestra

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On Wednesday night, I went to the Los Angeles Philharmonic's LA Phil LIVE rebroadcast of Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler 8 from Caracas. Now in its second year, LA Phil LIVE features three concerts in movie theaters during the 11-12 season, seen in 450 theaters in the US and Canada. My friends and I went to Union Square, and as we chomped on popcorn, and slurped down Diet Coke, I thought unfondly of the hag glaring at my sister as she quietly unwrapped a cough drop at Avery Fisher earlier in the week. Here is the trailer: The … [Read more...]

“Nice is different than good”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was truly excellent in the recent City Center production of Merrily We Roll Along, started a series of Tweets that are continuing to this moment of Sondheim lower back tattoos (#sondheimlowerbacktattoo). This started when Miranda Tweeted back at theater publicist [I've since been corrected on Twitter - "Theater Publicist-in-the-making"...well congrats or I'm sorry, @mrtylermartins, You've Arrived!] Tyler Martins's suggestion of a Sondheim tramp stamp: You can read all the potential Sondheim lower back tattoos … [Read more...]

“Even better, you’re not watching PBS”

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Placido Domingo did VERY well on The Colbert Report last night. Stephen Colbert is obviously a fan, which makes the thing completely adorable. The two discussed "the most popular song of all time" ("La donna è mobile", obviously, not "Imagine"), why tenors get all the girls, and "soaking the snooty crowd". The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive After a commercial break, Stephen and Placido perform. Together. More classical musicians on TV, … [Read more...]

Who’s honoring classical music now

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Tonight, Plácido Domingo will teach Stephen to sing on The Colbert Report. My sister points out that he probably needs to learn because Obama has been singing everywhere. The show has done a better job than most of supporting classical music, which is to say, I found three interviews. All from 2008, randomly enough. Here's Alex Ross, from January 29, 2008, talking about Ronald Reagan getting to first base with Communism: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video … [Read more...]

The Borrowers

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Photoshopping one of Hilary's CDs into the back of Tiger Woods's crashed car is the extent my creative output, so I'm not going to judge composer Osvaldo Golijov. There is a controversy swirling around a commission for the Eugene Symphony. Respected NPR classical music critic Tom Manoff blogged about it here, and the Register-Guard picked up the story: When the Eugene Symphony performed the Pacific Northwest premiere Thursday night of “Sidereus,” a newly commissioned work by Grammy Award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov, two members of the … [Read more...]

Ladies and gentlemen: GUSTAVO!!

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Recently credited with ending gang violence in LA, Gustavo Dudamel has achieved something even more impressive: on Monday, he will appear on the best television show of all time, Sesame Street. For those of you who don't remember, Sesame Street is on PBS. The Los Angeles Times reports: In the segment, Dudamel and Elmo demonstrate the word "stupendous" by conducting a sheep playing a violin, an octopus playing the drums and a chorus of opera-singing penguins. Would that the sheep was a Hilary Hahn sheep. Or a Hilary Hahn alpaca. Nico … [Read more...]

On my own

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I was at the bar Splash in Chelsea a month or so ago for "Musical Mondays" with my friend Mark, and an incredibly talented woman performed. It's tough out there, I thought, if someone this fantastic isn't a huge star. Or maybe I was just a few vodka sodas in and so thrilled to hear someone sing 'The Trolley Song" that I couldn't tell if she was good or bad? Regardless, it got me thinking about doing one's own publicity. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about why you should hire a publicist. To sum it up: you hire a publicist because … [Read more...]

Adventures in marketing AND THE BIG CITY

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Cole Haan, a high-end label that sells men's socks for $18, is now providing footware for Urban Explorers (i.e. people who live in a city?) like myself. My friend Megan sent me this, which appears to be a suede Cole Haan boot meant for...concerts at the Bowery Ballroom? The sketch is clearly of Bowery Ballroom, whether they got permission or not: OK first? They spelled "Guarantees" wrong. "That also looks cool"? If you have to point out that it's cool, it's probably not? "Rock a comfy boot"? Rock, get it? For a ROCK show. And … [Read more...]

Maazel (Kl)outs the NY Phil

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I keep talking about launching a secret Twitter feed called "Dumb Artist Tweets", which I guess I can't do now that I've told you all. But really, there is some Truly Terribly Tweeting out there. As blogged about here, I think publicists/managers/"social media experts" ((shudder)) Tweeting as artists is a waste of everyone's time. The entire point of social media is that you have this immediate, unfiltered, access to the artists, and if they "don't have time" or "aren't into that stuff", then they should interact with their fans in other … [Read more...]

Superstars

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The heavens have smiled on us today, friends. Oh, happy Thursday! "Have you seen this picture of Helene in the Tonhalle Dusseldorf brochure?" my friend Andy e mailed this morning. And no, no I had not. I'm not sure if she's supposed to be some kind of romance novel Little Red Riding Hood, ...or perhaps Poison Ivy? Das rotkäppchen, Helene's title, translates to The Wolf, so I guess she is, in fact, supposed to be Little Red Riding Hood because of her wolf conservation efforts? Although wolves are demonized in Little Red … [Read more...]

Some things to do this week if you’re bored and want to hang out with me

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It's my blog and I can self-promote if I want to, self-promote if I want to, se-lf prah-mote-if-I-want-to. I've been working with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on a new series for classical musicians and authors called "Safe Space". Musicians will play about a half hour of music, authors will read original material for 15-20 minutes, and then there will be a discussion About Art. There are always Hip Young Things hanging around Housing Works, so we figured why not try putting the classical music there, getting smart artists to talk to one … [Read more...]