Month: July 2010

YouTube Pre-concert Talk on Debussy Rhapsodie

Here is my live pre-concert analysis of the Debussy Rhapsodie on YouTube. I got lots of positive feedback from the audience after the concert. I kept the program short, to allow time to speak. I spoke about 10 minutes before…

Buzzing Reed Reader Survey Poll Results

Thank you to all who took the time to fill out the survey. If you have not, you can still do so at the Reader Survey of the Buzzing Reed. Most of the answers were from a combination of professional…

Classical music venues: Dinosaurs in a Cramped Swamp?

If I wanted to attend concerts regularly, the one thing that would prevent me would be the uncomfortable conditions of many halls. Classical music venues: Not for the faint-hearted – Features, Classical – The Independent. You may think classical music…

Music Poem: Whale Breathing

Whale Breathing: Bartlett Cover, Alaska, by Bill Holm. From Mixed Voices, Contemporary Poems about Music, ed. Buchwald and Roston. This poem is so clear on its own, I don’t think anything I could say about it would add to its…

A new generation of more vivid performers?

Reflections on the upbeat to a new movement – The Boston Globe. El Sistema. Investing in today’s young musical passions for tomorrow’s orchestras. I may have to plan a trip to Venezuela to see for myself how they do it.…