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Missed Opportunity

I was in Portland for a long weekend, seeing an assortment of friends. I made my social arrangements before I did research on possible concerts. I also completely forgot to check the Oregon Symphony, and as a result, I had dinner plans that would have been difficult to change. Show More Summary

Your Job as a Publicist.

Going over some old ground, but: if you are a publicist, your job is to make it as easy as possible for journalists, including bloggers, to write about the event you are publicizing. A few notes, after just getting a completely inadequate pitch for an interesting looking program: Learn to write a press release. Show More Summary

Edmund Crispin's Swan Song

A friend with whom I've chatted about mysteries many times over the years pointed me (back to) Edmund Crispin a while back. I read some of the author's Gervase Fen mysteries back in...oh...the 1970s? 80s?Crispin published the Fen novels...Show More Summary

Dallas Opera Season Announcement

Dallas Opera announced the other day; they're calling the season "Seeking the Human Element." (I don't understand; isn't all of opera about the human element?) Anyway, here it is: Great Scott, world premiere. Jake Heggie, libretto by Terrence McNally; Oct. Show More Summary

Upcoming: American Modern Ensemble at SubCulture on 1/15

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

In two days, the American Modern Ensemble joins forces with Del Sol, JACK and PUBLIQuartet to tackle a dynamic program of premieres and 21st-century stalwarts involving string quartet. Members of AME will start the evening by premiering Jacob Bancks‘ String Theory, for string quartet, and return to deliver premieres of Sidney Boquiren‘s in a mirror […]

George Frideric Handel - A Life with Friends

George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends; Ellen T Harris; W.W.Norton & Co Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 13 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Handel through his friends; new light on Handel's life and career through looking at the lives of his close friends and the society in which they lived. Show More Summary

Shades of Pink

Song in the City is celebrating LGBT History Month in February with a series of Thursday lunchtime free recitals at St Botolph without Bishopsgate church hall. The four recitals are being given by singers and actors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, accompanied by Gavin Roberts who is Song in the City's artistic director. Show More Summary

Footfall - Quest Ensemble

Footfall; Quest Ensemble Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 6 2014 Star rating: 3.5 Part-improvised, part-composed jazz and minimalist inspired music from a new piano trio The Quest Ensemble is a young London-based classical piano trio consisting of Filipe Sousa (piano), Tara Franks (cello) and Preetha Narayanan (violin). Show More Summary

Miscellany for the 47th birthday of "The Weight"

The 2015-16 announcements have begun to trickle in. Of particular interest is Jake Heggie's Great Scott, at the Dallas Opera, next October. I mentioned this opera-about-opera in my profile of Joyce DiDonato; she will play the title character, an American...

Compare & Contrast 28

You could say I had some doubts about The Merry Widow 1) in the gigantic Met 2) as a vehicle for Renee Fleming. Here are the three reviews I've seen: Anthony Tommasini, Times, milquetoast. He's waaaaaay too polite, but read between the lines and it does seem he's unhappy with it. Show More Summary

An Oldie but Goodie

After the Charlie Hebdo attack, it seems apropos to re-read this classic article from The Onion. As a technical writer, I take particular pleasure in this:"I tried to put it in the simplest possible terms for you people, so you'd get...Show More Summary

Justifying the Strange Artist

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

For forty-five years, since I was a middle-schooler in Dallas, Ives’s Essays before a Sonata has been one of the most important books in my life. Lately it’s become tremendously underrated. Some Ives scholars have dismissed it nearly entirely as a jumble of psuedo-intellectual bloviations. The literature about the book has mined it piecemeal, a […]

Discovery and more at LSO St Lukes

LSO Community Gamelan Group There is an LSO Choral Singing Day at LSO St Luke's on 7 February with a chance to sing Durufle's Requiem under Simon Halsey. some sight-singing ability is required but it is a chance to experience this wonderful work from the inside whether you sing regularly or haven't sung for years. Show More Summary

Pride of Stratford - Orchestra of the Swan

The Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan (resident at the Stratford ArtsHouse) has been named as a finalist in this year's Pride of Stratford Awards. Organised by the radio station 102 Touch FM, the awards recognised the best achievements in business and the community in Stratford. Show More Summary

Scenes from EMMA will be Performed in New York on May 13, 2015

I'm very excited to let you know that Leonard Lehrman and Helene Williams will be performing some scenes from my 2008 opera EMMA as part of a seminar about Jewish Opera. The seminar series, which begins next week, will be held at the Community Church, 40 East 35th Street, in New York City.

Vivienne Price Memorial Concert

Vivienne Price Vivienne Price founded the National Children's Orchestras in 1978 to provide inspiration and first-class musical training for children. The first week-long course was in Eastbourne and the concert was a sell-out, and Vivienne...Show More Summary

The Sacred Rite of Listening

Do we take classical music too seriously, are we in danger of being far too po-faced about an art form which previous generations regarded as a mixture of both enlightenment and entertainment. There seems to something essentially grim...Show More Summary

Ghosts and Mirrors

Lindberg, Ades, Murail, Berg, Takemitsu, Simpson, Berio; Richard Uttley; Artists Recording Company Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 06 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Dazzling pianism in this disc of contemporary piano virtuoso works Pianist Richard...Show More Summary

New Music at Spoleto USA 2015

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Next to the early and unlikely appearance of Mr. Eliot’s cruelest  camellias, the most anticipated January event for many of us wintering in the Low Country is the arrival (in the other mailbox out by the street) of the annual printed Spoleto USA program. For those of you who may not know much about it, Spoleto USA is one […]

Frances Wilson and Friends

Frances Wilson (who blogs as The Cross-Eyed Pianist) is presenting another of her South London Concert Series concerts at Lassco Brunswick House in Vauxhall. And for this concert, she herself takes centre stage. Frances will be playing...Show More Summary

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