5 Classical Music Stories That Prove 2016 Wasn’t a Total Loss

  I read the news this year, oh boy... And so the Year of Death and Brexit and #MAGA comes to a merciful end. Yes, it was a horrific year for unity and truth and famous people staying alive. The awfulness extended to the classical music world as well. We said goodbye to far too many titans … Continue reading 5 Classical Music Stories That Prove 2016 Wasn’t a Total Loss

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A Devastating Double-Bill: Thoughts on Elektra and Mahler 9 at Lincoln Center (part 2)

(To read Part 1 of this post, please click here.)  The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic don’t get together in the offseason and plan out their repertoire as a team, so it was pure coincidence that Richard Strauss’ dark psychodrama, Elektra, opened at The Met the same weekend the Philharmonic was playing Mahler’s … Continue reading A Devastating Double-Bill: Thoughts on Elektra and Mahler 9 at Lincoln Center (part 2)

A Devastating Double-Bill: Thoughts on Elektra and Mahler 9 at Lincoln Center (part 1)

  The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic don't get together in the offseason and plan out their repertoire as a team, so it was pure coincidence that Richard Strauss' dark psychodrama, Elektra, opened at The Met the same weekend the Philharmonic was playing Mahler's bleak final symphony. Lincoln Center's coincidence was my good … Continue reading A Devastating Double-Bill: Thoughts on Elektra and Mahler 9 at Lincoln Center (part 1)

Buzz-Feeders: Why Art and Capitalism Should Play By Different Rules

A strange thing happened the other day: Bernie Sanders went to a performance of Hamilton. A presidential candidate going to a Broadway show isn’t the strange part. The strange part is *this* presidential candidate going to *this* broadway show. Bernie Sanders, champion of the people, advocate for the little guy…the man leading the assault on … Continue reading Buzz-Feeders: Why Art and Capitalism Should Play By Different Rules

10 Pieces of Classical Music Everyone Should Know

This is my first contribution to a new series on the KUSC blog. Over the next several weeks, each of the KUSC on-air hosts will unveil a list of 10 essential pieces of classical music that we think everyone should know. These aren’t the “10 Best” pieces, or even our “10 Favorite” pieces--just 10 that we … Continue reading 10 Pieces of Classical Music Everyone Should Know