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November 29, 2010

first day on the job

Received an incredibly warm welcome via phone this morning from Jeffrey Kahane and LACO’s wonderful staff at the office on my first day as Executive Director (flowers, coffee, pastries and smiles). Already eating at my desk as I have hit the ground running with planning for the upcoming slew of exciting December concerts (including a personal favorite, Goldberg Variations) and activities. Fortunately, my toddler allowed me the luxury of sleeping last night and the 110 embraced me as I eased Downtown, avoiding any traffic. Thus, I’m of sound mind and invigorated spirit as I launch my LACO tenure.

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random acts of culture
November 24, 2010

Ever wanted to dance in the mall or burst into song at the airport?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has launched an initiative that might inspire millions around the US to do just that! The program, Random Acts of Culture, has been created to transport the classical arts out of concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives. For instance, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations and on October 30 throngs of singers from the community infiltrated Macy’s as shoppers. At 12 noon, they burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah to the delight of surprised shoppers. You can experience that event for yourself here.

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discovering discover beethoven 7
November 07, 2010

If there was ever a concert specifically designed for a classical music Newbie like me, than tonight’s was it. Discover Beethoven 7 was a lovely, enriching, and beautiful evening, and I ended up contracting a serious case of the ‘If Onlys.’ As I was driving away, I couldn’t help but think things like: ‘If Only LACO did more Discover concerts like this one’ and ‘If Only I was this informed about every piece that LACO performs.’ You see, Discover Beethoven 7 changed the way I listen to classical music, which is no easy feat. Take my hand – I’ll walk you through what the evening was like.

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listen while you work
November 04, 2010

My official job title is “development associate,” but within that innocent-sounding phrase is an overflowing cornucopia of different tasks I’m responsible for. I write grants, I edit program notes, I process donations, I check music titles for errors, and so on. The only characteristics these tasks share are solitude and the ability to listen to music while performing them. While I sit at my desk, and if I’m not too busy bothering the cubicles around me with tuneless whistling (sorry, marketing!), I put on some large noise-cancelling headphones, turn on some music and start working.

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the adams schnellar timpani
November 01, 2010

For the LACO performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 7, I will be using the new Adams Schnellar timpani.

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