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March 24, 2013

uh oh . . . is that a harpsichord?

uh oh . . . is that a harpsichord?

There are some things you’ll just never hear me say. “I wish this piece had more harpsichord” is one of them. “Nothing cheers me up than a jaunty little harpsichord ditty” is another. If you’re waiting for me to express my love for a harpsichord, you better bring a book, because it’s going to be a loooong wait. I just don’t care for the harpsichord. It’s not my cup of tea. I have respect for it, and the musicians that play it, and its place within the orchestral music world, but if I were never to hear a harpsichord again, I’d be fine. So I was a little crestfallen when I entered the Alex on Saturday night for LACO’s Mostly Baroque concert and saw, in the corner of the stage, a turquoise harpsichord. Great. I settled into my seat for what I thought would be an awful, boring concert. And, once again, I was wrong! LACO kept me on my toes, and had a couple surprises up their sleeve.

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"neo" – meaning new
March 21, 2013

Most of us are familiar with the expression, “there is nothing new under the sun.” If you’re an artist, a creator, this is probably an expression you’ve thought about. Do you believe that it’s possible to create something completely new? Or are you content to build on what’s come before?

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joy and pain through mozart
March 14, 2013

I remember distinctly when I first saw Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus. The theatre was in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, it was a Saturday night in the fall, and I went alone. Which is probably just as well because I was blown away – so enraptured by the performance that I had no need or desire for company. I wish I could remember the name of the actor who played Salieri – Michael ?? – so I could give him credit now, but I didn’t see him – I saw only his character. To me, he was Salieri.

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ripped to shreds by thracian maenads: an awesome beethoven discovery
March 12, 2013

I have to admit that on Saturday February 23rd I was nervous. I was nervous because I was about to attend LACO’s Discover Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Why be nervous about a concerto you ask? I thought Discover sounded suspiciously like a cool way to disguise a lecture. I was having flashbacks to Finite Mathematics and my incredibly finite attention span for the lectures in that course. Since I understand the composition of music even less than basic college math I felt resigned to being a bored dummy once again.

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obsession (not by calvin klein)
March 05, 2013

In an interview about her participation in the Westside Connections concert on March 7, author Jane Hamilton made the following comment, “I’ll talk first, before the Golijov piece, and then again before the Brahms Sextet . . . possible topics: music, story, obsession, the creative process . . . I got caught up in the story of Brahms’ fiancee, Agathe von Siebold, and what it is to be the obsession which fuels the art. (This is different, I think, from being a Muse.) So, I’m planning to speak as Agathe. Or rather, the reincarnation of Agathe . . .”

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