Friday, August 19, 2011

It's nice but...

John Williams is having statues made in Tanglewood of composers...very sweet.  He should probably erect some busts of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Strauss soon, as he has made his entire career from ripping them off.  Oh, and Korngold and Dvorak as well.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Political commission!

I'd love to see a canidate have a new opera that is broadcast by the Met and concerts with an orchestra, stop paying for bad ads on tv and really do something for the economy and the arts.  Stop talking and put your money where it can be seen and heard by all, in a profound way.
Not in for a commission? How about having Nixon in China produced? A concert with Sousa and real American composers produced.
Come on Tea Party, Democrats and Republicans - do the right thing!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Mark O'Connor 50 years

Congrats and happy birthday today to Mark O'Connor, fifty years young!
Thought you might enjoy an interview we did a few years ago at his place in NYC:
mp3 file

Here is some of Mark's artistry: