Arts Education Week. I never heard about it. Did you?

On July 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California.

The resolution states: […] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

I read about it here.

25. September 2010 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Pleasure · Categories: Chamber Music, Videos

New York Chamber Music Festival 2010
New York Philharmonic Principal winds
Liang Wang, oboe
Pascual Martinez Forteza, clarinet
Judith LeClair, bassoon
Philip Myers, horn
Shai Wosner, Piano
Beethoven Piano & Woodwinds quintet
Live from Symphony Space
September 16th, 2010

25. September 2010 · Comments Off on Hmmm … One Thing About This … · Categories: Read Online

… that I like is that there would be no woman sitting next to me busy playing with the cellophane wrapper she brought in. (This is what I had to deal with at Marriage of Figaro this week; through the entire first half the woman sitting to my right played with a rather large ball of cellophane. What a distraction!)

But you gotta bet someone from the Mets has taken note of this story.

And while we’re at it, what about managers of symphony orchestras and opera companies struggling to fill houses on certain nights?

Could screen-printed images of extravagantly dressed, bejeweled opera fans–perhaps with audio enhancement in the form of a sound clip of a crowd cheering “Bravo, bravo!” to be played through the house speakers at the climactic end of arias–be the future for the Metropolitan Opera House or other performance art venues?

I know that doesn’t really fill you in on the whole story, so you really have to click on the link to Susan Laney Spector’s blog. 🙂

25. September 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I conclude; no one plays oboe because it’s impossible.

If you really want to do something that sounds like Haydn but not Mozart, something that sounds like Beethoven but not Schubert, there have to be a lot of switches that are triggered in your brain and they’re based on linguistic things. Somebody could listen to somebody’s speech and might say, ‘That’s a Southern accent.’ But somebody who has a good ear would say, ‘No, that’s Kentucky, Western Kentucky, confined to a two-county area.’ That’s what we’re talking about here—not because the audience might notice, but because if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right.

-Robert Levin


25. September 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Feeling like jumpy oboe music this morning.