I didn’t know this was Classical Music Month. Did you?

William J. Clinton
Proclamation 6716 – Classical Music Month, 1994
August 22, 1994

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
In the symphony halls of our great cities across America, in the community centers of our small towns, on radio and in recordings, a note is played that began centuries ago and resounds to this day. At the heart of classical music is continuity and tradition. What was heard in a Vienna opera house was heard again in a colonial theater in Charleston, South Carolina, was echoed at the inauguration of President Lincoln, was repeated in turn-of-the-century Chicago, and is played again today by a range of musicians from the most skilled of virtuosos to the youngest student struggling with the complexities of the violin.

Classical music is a celebration of artistic excellence. Great art endures through the ages, and in the United States we have embraced that great music and incorporated it into the American experience. Our best art reflects our Nation’s spirit—that mixture of discipline and improvisation, the combination of strong individual voices working together at the same time, the bravado, the inventiveness, the dynamism of the American character. Classical music plays in harmony with that energy and spirit to become reinvigorated and reinvented with each new orchestra or chamber group, with every performance that rings out new and fresh.

This month we exalt the many talented composers, conductors, and musicians who bring classical music to our ears. These artists carry on a great tradition of musical achievement, and we are proud of their outstanding accomplishments. Whether in new American works or in the masterpieces of the great composers of old, music is a unifying force in our world, bringing people together across vast cultural and geographical divisions. Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.

The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 239, has designated September 1994 as “Classical Music Month,” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this month.

Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 1994 as Classical Music Month. I urge all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of August, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and nineteenth.


Seen here

10. September 2013 · Comments Off on Things Change · Categories: Opera, Read Online

(Gee, I thought I’d posted this yesterday, but it appears I never hit “publish”.)

“I probably would have soldiered on,” she says, and done the performances. But after the piano dress rehearsal, Zambello came into her dressing room and asked to talk. She asked, Voigt says, how Voigt was feeling. She mentioned that she needed the opening, the first of her administration, to be really, really good. And then “I burst into tears,” Voigt says, “and we had a good cry.” When she had recovered, she asked Zambello whom she had in mind to replace her.

“There’s a line in the Big Book of [Alcoholics Anonymous], of which I am a member,” she says, “that ‘the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.’?” That, she says, is how she feels about this cancellation. One of her main emotions is “relief.”

“I am so tired,” she says, “of competing with myself” — with her younger self, that is, preserved on records and in the memories of her many fans. “I’ve done everything I wanted. It’s time to let her [in this case, Theorin] do it. I did the same thing to Jessye Norman when I was young. It’s a natural cycle.”


The honesty of the article is refreshing to me and, I think, brave.

I worry about my own little career. Will someone take me aside if I’m sounding weak enough to quit? I sort of doubt it … and maybe it’s already time and I don’t even know! But of course I’m not a famous musician and I’m not singing Isolde. (Whew! Readers and I can all be eternally grateful I’m not singing at all, really!)

10. September 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Listening to the Strauss oboe concerto on @Spotify and a hip-hop ad comes on right in the middle of a cadenza. #ruinedmoment #oboeproblems