The composer’s speech at the Dance Magazine Awards moved editor Wendy Perron (and much of the audience) so much “that I wanted to transcribe it and share it with you.”
Countertenor Iestyn Davies writes of his trip to the Russian capital to give special Britten centenary performances of the Canticles and Death in Venice with Ian Bostridge and Gennady Rozhdestvensky (who knew and worked with Britten) to people who had never heard this music before.
“Now that it’s exiting from the foreign bailout program, Ireland is making a new investment: in fiction. The country’s Arts Council has announced that it is creating a Laureate for Irish Fiction, ‘to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high-quality Irish fiction’.”
“Acknowledging that the current system leaves visual artists at a practical disadvantage relative to other creators such as writers or composers, the office urged Congress to “consider ways to rectify the problem” and give artists a financial interest in the future sale of their work.”
“Ms. Swift and the orchestra are not strangers: though she has not performed with the ensemble, she was the recipient of its annual Harmony Award in 2011, and has performed at the Schermerhorn. A resident of Nashville since she was 14, Ms. Swift also pledged $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and 14,000 children’s books to the Nashville Public Library the same year.”
Joan Acocella: “God boasts to Satan, Have you seen my servant Job, so pious, so devoted to me? Satan answers, Why shouldn’t he be devoted? You have given him everything he could ever want: ‘But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.’ Well, God says, let’s see, and he gives Satan permission to ruin Job’s life.”