I’ve been a fan of her music for almost two decades now. I think Alex Ross has written an interesting piece for the Guardian about some of her favorite pieces of music. From Mahler to Steve Reich to Public Enemy… I love the diversity in her library.
During the podcast the host Naomi Lewin facilitated a group discussion about the diversity of both audiences and members of major symphony orchestras in the United States. I’m glad to hear that these kinds of conversations are happening in public forums and encourage many to listen to the podcast American Orchestras Grapples With Lack of Diversity.
Generally if you are on a stage performing, you are a fan of what you are performing. Either you like the act of sharing something with folk on a stage or you feel strongly about that specific artistic expression. I’m convinced every performer feels one of those mentioned before and I’m certain that I take these moments for granted.
Recently I performed a piece with an orchestra that is rarely performed. The performance was well received by the audience and performers. During rehearsals I noticed my seat was just about in the center of the stage directly in front of the conductor. This isn’t unusual, however with music coming at me from all directions I got to experience the music (and all the wonderful sounds) from an interesting perspective.
I like Cristian’s point of view on social media.
A lot of people approach social media with the vague hope of it being a sort of wonder solution to marketing and promoting. They’ve been told that social media sells stuff. But I think that they don’t understand how social media actually works.
Social media, social networks, in a way the Internet, can be defined as a continuous flow of INFORMATION. Also, social media enables easy access to ENTERTAINMENT. And lastly, social media is a way for people to interact with each other.
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The NPR series Tiny Desk Concerts has been a great source of discovery for me and my students. One of my favorite episodes is from April of 2013. The Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu duo add a level of freshness to what two musicians can do with a traditional chamber music ensemble. I love this performance, hope you enjoy it too.
More awesome options for “The Best of it”. My kid and I into getting Outfoxed from your last “My week in books”. She likes the cover.
Finally, another My Week in Books! It’s not that I haven’t been reading them, it’s that I have been finishing a few long ones. I really had to finish up another Russell and Holmes book, for instance, before posting this week, simply because I couldn’t put it down.
Here are my latest reads.
First, Blue Birds, by Caroline Starr Rose
I was so honored to celebrate this lovely book last week on the blog. It’s not out until March, so I feel very honored to have gotten to read this book early! Here’s the post I wrote as part of the blog series. Caroline Starr Rose’s debut novel in verse, May B., touched me in a visceral way that I still can’t quite express, and in this, her lovely latest historical work, Rose brings this sweet pair of girls alive for the reader in their own special way…
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