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Crossovers and Departures

If I do not get to see The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on Broadway, I will not be completely disappointed, thanks to John Schaefer. Today, I heard him live for the second time at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. (The first time was at the 30th anniversary celebration of New Sounds.) In this afternoon's… Continue reading Crossovers and Departures

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Figaro and the Filthy Rich/Hippies

In my music appreciation class, I remarked on a section of the movie Amadeus by saying that the stirrings before the French Revolution were something like Occupy Wall Street. It was an on-the-fly comparison for the sake of relevance in the context of lecturing about Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and the socioeconomic status of… Continue reading Figaro and the Filthy Rich/Hippies

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Deep Talking

"If we are going to spend all this time making music, it should not be divorced from our reality." Leigh Landy, June 2011, in "Art for Goodness(') Sake," his keynote speech for the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network/Electronic Music Foundation Conference In the title of Landy's speech, the word "goodness(')" addressed not only the quality of… Continue reading Deep Talking