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Album Review: Corigliano’s Conjurer and Vocalise

John Corigliano is consistently one of the best American composers alive.  Ever since listening to his Symphony No. 1 in college I’ve been hooked on his music.  This album of his music with the Albany Symphony under David Alan Miller is no exception. The first piece, Conjurer, is Corigliano’s first percussion concerto, featuring Dame Evelyn […]

Sean Chen’s Boston Re-Debut

Sean Chen must be doing something right. In the past two years, he has received awards from some of the highest-profiled international piano competitions, has released two CDs, and has performed in cities across the United States and Europe. On Saturday evening, the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts hosted Mr. Chen at New England Conservatory’s […]

Music Made-In-Michigan: Three Perspectives

Making a Sustainable Instrument by Alex Smith: In my experience as a percussionist, musical ensembles own large inventories of percussion instruments yet they rarely know much about their origins, specifically in relation to the natural resources and production processes necessary for their construction.  Additionally, the production processes of our globalized political economy often involve the […]

Concert Reviews

Sean Chen’s Boston Re-Debut

Sean Chen must be doing something right. In the past two years, he has received awards from some of the highest-profiled international piano competitions, has released two CDs, and has performed in cities across the United States and Europe. On Saturday evening, the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts hosted Mr. Chen at New England Conservatory’s […]

What we think

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

The way we talk about any subject is vital to its reception. Scientists these days are practicing their ‘bar pitch’: a 3-minute explanation (in layman’s terms) of their research topic. It’s tough for anyone (scientists, businessmen, or anyone highly specialized in their field) to adequately explain a dense topic in a short amount of time–especially […]

Entrepreneurship In Music

It is no secret that traditional careers in classical music are hard to come by. Each year, thousands of music school and conservatory graduates leave their institutions to enter an over-saturated workforce. Thankfully, many schools are telling their students that if they are to succeed they will have to create their own opportunities. In the […]

Why I love the Minnesota Orchestra Lockout.

This sucks.  Let’s just be honest. But it’s not all doom and gloom around here.  There are things that are actually really wonderful about what’s happening, even though it’s a tough pill to swallow. To catch us all up in case there are some gaps to fill, here’s a very brief rundown of the situation: The […]