14. December 2009 · Comments Off on Yo-Yo Ma Gets A Job · Categories: Links, News, Videos

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra said on Monday that it had appointed Yo-Yo Ma, above right, to the new position of creative consultant.

Whew! Nice to know he’s not gonna have to file for unemployment. Assuming he gets a salary, of course. I do hope it’s not just minimum wage. 😉


Yes, I’m being silly. I’m a Yo-Yo Ma fan, actually. He’s a great musicians AND a really, really nice guy.

(I’m not sure what’s up with the “above right” in the quote pasted above. There was no photo when I was looking at the page. Odd.)

14. December 2009 · Comments Off on Really? · Categories: Links, Other People's Words, Read Online

Anyone have thoughts on this?

As for my negative feelings about Martynov’s Quintet (I still harbor them), the fact that the work claimed the bulk of this review is telling as to the piece’s effectiveness as a work of art. Although it evoked a response of dislike, it still evoked a strong response … and that’s what matters most.

I read it here.

14. December 2009 · Comments Off on Sixteenth Day of Advent · Categories: Advent

14. December 2009 · Comments Off on How To Stay In Business …? · Categories: Links, Other People's Words

“It’s the large, exciting projects that no one thought we could do. That’s what gets people excited, and that’s what gets you noticed,” Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., told an audience of approximately 150 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

“A lot of people think the way to get through a crisis is to cut art, cut the marketing,” Kaiser said. “So fewer people come; fewer people give money. You cut more, and you get sicker and less important to your community.

“Do really good work. People have gotten frightened, and when they get frightened, they forget it’s about innovation and revenue, not about cost control.”


An epiphany came when he was 24 and acting in a soap opera, “The Doctors.” In one scene Mr. Baldwin’s character enters a hotel room and turns on the radio before he is to be killed. The casting director, Roger Sturtevant, happened to be on the set.

“Music comes on, this evocative music,” Mr. Baldwin said. “And I turn to Roger, and he was laughing.” “What’s so funny,” Mr. Baldwin asked. “He looked at me like I was a complete idiot. And he just said. ‘It’s Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique,’ ‘The March to the Scaffold.’ Everybody knows that.’ And I didn’t know that, and I felt like an idiot that I didn’t know that. And that was the beginning.”

Mr. Baldwin said he started listening to classical music on the radio in his car as he looked for work in Los Angeles. “When you’re job hunting in L.A., you could be driving three, four hours a day,” he said. If he pulled up to a studio before the piece was over, he would call the station to find out what it was. Sometimes he would wait for the end and show up late. He began collecting records.

“I never turned back,” he said.

You can read more about Alec Baldwin and what’s he’s doing with (for) classical music here.

14. December 2009 · Comments Off on So If I Listen To Mozart Will I Never Get Anything Done? · Categories: Links

Maybe Mozart is good for premature babies, but not for me? If I listen will my energy level be lower?

A group of Israeli doctors have plunged into this long-running debate with a small study that found the soothing sounds of the 18th century composer may help premature babies grow faster.

Doctors at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center measured the energy expenditure of 20 infants born pre-term while listening to Mozart in their incubator. They compared that figure with the amount of energy they expended without the music. But the scientists did not test a control group to measure the energy used by babies who didn’t listen to Mozart at all.

Among the babies in the study, the findings showed Mozart lowered the quantity of energy they used, meaning the babies may be able to increase their weight faster.


Of course there was also this:

Dr. Arthur Eidelman, a retired former head of pediatrics at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital who did not participate in the research, praised the new study but did not credit Mozart for the positive results.

“What’s unique about Mozart is it’s rhythmical, the range of decibel level is minimal,” Eidelman said. “One could almost make the case that appropriate rap music may do the same thing if you have it within the right range of volume.”