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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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I Was Wondering The Same Thing

Joe Patti published an article on 10/6/14 that examines the recent pop-up protest that transpired during a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) that asked the very same questions running through my head after coming across the news; specifically, “why did they choose to do this at a SLSO concert? Patti goes on to provide some […]

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Sick Day

<sarcasm>Hooray for summer colds!</sarcasm> I’m under the weather today but fortunately, there’s no shortage of great content out there and one article in particular tackles the very touchy subject of what to do with employees that toe the Return on Investment line and how some groups just keep borderline employees around “just because.” Don’t think […]

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If The Met’s Overgrown, It’s Not Labor’s Fault

Conductor Bill Eddins posted an intriguing article at Sticks And Drones on 7/15/2014 titled Dear Mr. Gelb… that examines the notion of The Met’s claims of being too big for its own good from a very different perspective. I won’t spoil it for you but Eddins has no problem pointing a finger squarely at the […]

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Almost Back To Normal

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as having main power almost within reach after operating on auxiliary power for several days and to that end, I’m still occupied with getting everything shipshape so there’s only a quick pointer to an article in the 6/29/2014 edition of the Green Bay Press Gazette by Paul Srubas that reports […]

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Are You Ready To Get Pissed Off?

On June 20, 2014, Michele Bachmann declared that John Adams’ opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, is “a sympathetic portrayal of terrorism against the Jewish people” (h/t @SoundNotion). Bachmann attempts to portray the Met, and by extension all arts and culture organizations in America, as a champion of anti-Semitism but it is clear that she’s doing […]

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