Category Archives: Fun

Grantwriting Tips from Fiction Writers

My hobbyist interest in writing fiction began when I started writing grant applications. There, now you know. Whether it’s for music or mental health, education or the environment, it takes a little creativity to interpret a non-profit’s programs in a way that … Continue reading

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American Classical Orchestra kicks off HANDELFEST with a Children’s Concert

UPDATE: It seems I’ve confused my most loyal supporters (Hi mom and dad!) I’m attending the ACO family concert on Saturday, not performing in it. My toddler, on the other hand, will most likely lift her voice with the performers.  … Continue reading

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South African Music

Buried in the spilled ink about the death of Nelson Mandela last  week was a mention in the Times of South African hip-hop artist HHP. His song, Harembe, explores the disconnect between the country’s born frees, who never knew apartheid, … Continue reading

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How the rest of the world listens

Here in the thousandfold echo chamber, we are different cultural consumers than most. Our live entertainment, at least before certain events, consists of concerts of classical music, with the occasional ballet or opera. Rare movies. Nothing remotely popular. Of course … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Listening: La Cheminee Du Roi Rene

Shout out to WQXR for playing this on the radio last week, La Cheminée due Roi René a pleasant gem that doesn’t get much play. Darius Milhaud was an incredibly prolific (this is opus 205!) 20th century French composer with a penchant … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Listening: Chausson, Poème de l’amour et de la mer

I was speaking to mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke recently for her upcoming feature in Classical Singer, and she mentioned that one of her favorite pieces is this extending vocal concerto, by the lesser-played composer Ernest Chausson. I found this live recording … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Listening

As practicing humanists, whose wedding featured a reading from Walter de la Mare and marital advice from Papageno, we need to do something with our Sunday mornings. But instead of trundling off to church, waiting online for brunch, or prostrate worshipping … Continue reading

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The Glamorous Life

“I’m so proud that you’ve made your dreams come true!” My BFF told me after last month’s concert. I had to pause. True, the review was the warmest one we’ve had so far, and I was very happy with how … Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion

Kudos to Marcy Richardson for some sleek design!  

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