Saturday, April 21, 2012

Preconcert talk with John Harbison and Tully Potter

Tully Potter speaking about 100 years of Pro Arte Quartet

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) will host the annual motorcycle rally “Fiesta de los Veteranos” in conjunction with the 12th Annual “To Hell and Back” Biker Run, Saturday, April 21, 2012, noon – 4 p.m. This is a Fiesta sanctioned event in support of our Warrior Veterans. With the support of the local community the event will be a resounding success for our Veterans. Our motorcycle rally and “Warrior Veteran Block Party” proceeds benefit the STVHCS VA Fisher House. The celebration will include live music, food booths, and fun family activities (moon bounces/face painting). Anyone who wants to participate in the motorcycle rally can get further information by contacting the Voluntary Service office at (210) 617-5107, via email at, or find the event on our website at: The public is invited to attend this free admission and free parking Fiesta event which will the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, located at 7400 Merton Minter Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78229-4404. Come join us with your friends and family for great food, music and family fun, but most of all to give a heartfelt thanks and show of appreciation to our nation’s Warrior Veterans.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The prize

I was delighted to hear my friend Kevin Puts won this year's Pultizer in Music. I asked if he was the youngest, and he immediately said, "No, I'm 40! There have been younger, oh no, not me. Copland or someone." And it made me wonder WHO was the youngest.
Charles Wuorinen (and kitty)
Turns out, back in 1970, Charles Wuorinen was only 32 years old when he was awarded the prize (for Time's Encomium, an electronic composition written on commission from Nonesuch Records).
Next is Wynton Marsalis at age 36, and when they were 38, composers Gail Kubik (in 1952) and Aaron Jay Kernis (in 1998) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
There you have it.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Contribute to SOLI

There is still time to make a difference with SOLI Chamber Ensemble and their commission, Prelude to the End, by Steven Mackey. But there are just nine days to go!

Here are "the top ten" reasons to become a Sound Investor! (from the home office in San Antonio)
10. Limited Edition T-shirt (Limited edition, folks, limited edition!)
9. It's a SOUND investment! (double entedre!)
8. Bragging rights that you helped the 25th commission for SOLI!
7. Tax deductible - and it's never too early to start for taxes, this year the deadline for 2011 is April 17th!
6. Still three chances to get Ertan to cook and Dave to pair vino, THREE chances!!!
5. Helps expand the mixed quartet repertory!
4. Multimedia baby!
3. Meet SOLI, Steven and Mark!
2. It's "shot of energy, wave of euphoria, spiritual transcendence, transported beyond yourself as a human being!"
and the number one reason to give to SOLI's kickstarter campaign...
1. You will make a difference and help with the creation of a new work!