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A Sad Day: James Erb Has Died

James (Jim) Erb, founder of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and well known for choral arrangements, passed away on 11/11/14 at the age of 88. I consider myself fortunate to have crossed his path and enjoy some one on one time with him over the course of a several years when my wife, Chattanooga Symphony and […]

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A Belated Veterans Day Post

In the enthusiasm to blog about yesterday’s Net Neutrality news I completely forgot to post something for Veterans Day but better late than never; to that end, take a moment to remember that the single largest employer of full-time professional musicians is the United States Armed Forces. So set aside some time today to learn […]

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Curious About How The Elections Will Impact The Arts?

The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so the adage from Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr goes but Americans for the Art has you covered if you’re curious about whether or not Tuesday’s elections will be good, bad, or indifferent for the arts. They published a news release on 11/5/2014 which contained the […]

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GO VOTE!

It’s Election Day and if you haven’t already taken advantage of early voting in your area, then make sure you get out and cast your vote today. Elections are just as important as ever, even mid-term elections which can typically have a much greater impact on the health and vitality of their respective local arts […]

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What’s Your Child Policy?

Yesterday’s post about the MTT situation at the New World Symphony prompted a number of direct replies from arts mangers who were all quite keen to share a wide variety of anecdotes and most took the time to mention their respective organization’s child policy (or lack thereof), all of which made me curious to know […]

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Here’s Hoping Some Good Comes From All Of The Klinghoffer Hoopla

The opening night for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer came and went. The protesters dissented and few even attempted to disrupt the performance albeit, fortunately, to no avail. If nothing else, the media storm attached to this particular performance will hopefully serve as the high water mark for John Adams’ embattled […]

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L to R: Stephen Paulus, Alex Shapiro, and me at the 2009 Midwest Clinic.

A Sad Day: Stephen Paulus Has Died

Fifteen months after suffering a stroke composer Stephen Paulus passed away on 10/19/2014 and the field is better having him been a part of it. In addition to being a gifted and successful composer, Paulus was a genuine entrepreneur composer who was decades ahead of his time and generously shared his time and wisdom with […]

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Strad Heist Gets Vanity Fair Treatment

The Lipinski Stradivarius robbery crossed one more notoriety threshold this month thanks to a feature article via November issue of Vanity Fair in an article by Buzz Bissinger. According to an inside source close to the story, it is one of the most thorough accounts to date and you can access the article by picking […]

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