on the record: September 2008 Archives

In any number of orchestras that I have visited recently, it has become clear to me that a big problem, and one not talked about as much as it should be, is communication. I don't mean public relations. I mean internal communication inside the organization.
September 25, 2008 2:14 PM | | Comments (2)
Recently I was preparing material for some lectures I was giving on a Baltic cruise. The topic for each lecture was a different school of Nordic or Scandinavian music - and the point of the talks was to illustrate unfamiliar music from (in these cases) Estonia, Finland, and Sweden. In talks like this I always try to give musical examples, so I did a lot of listening and then prepared a CD of excerpts.  The exercise was fascinating, and it made me focus on the fact that some countries, without the firm and deep and varied connections to the international music scene enjoyed by, say, Germany, Austria, and France, seem to lack the ability to help their best composers develop a place in the repertoire.
September 19, 2008 10:24 AM | | Comments (3)
On a recent Sunday evening I saw an example of community engagement - true community engagement on a musical level - by the Houston Symphony. For a number of years now, Chevron has sponsored an annual Fiesta Sinfónica Familiar, a free concert at the orchestra's regular performance venue, Jones Hall. It has traditionally been conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Houston Symphony's former associate conductor, but this year it was led by the rising Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra.
September 12, 2008 1:34 PM |
I don't use this space for the purpose of reviewing artists or performances -- that isn't the reason I choose to blog. However, every once in a while you encounter an artist who defines such an ideal about what the performance of music ought to be that it is not possible, for me at least, to just let it pass. I had such an experience in July at the New Hampshire Music Festival (in Plymouth), when Gidon Kremer appeared.
September 5, 2008 3:22 PM | | Comments (1)


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