Getting Real with Classical Music, Part 3

OK, so I’ve written before about classical music checking reality and just giving the general public some of what they want, in order to rebuild trust in our arts institutions and their …

What I’m Sayin’

The annual League of American Orchestras conference will be here in Detroit next week, with a thousand arts admins, artist managers and a few musicians discussing the fate of the …

Why Is Your Music Neo-Romantic, Rick? Part 2

Some time ago I wrote about how I came to start composing new music unexpectedly, using tonal, classical modes (just notes). I didn’t go into how I feel about normal new music, avante garde …

Working for Change

This blogpost is originally published at New Music USA. In September I was delighted to serve a short composer residency for New Music USA’s Music Alive: New Partnership program with the …

Why We Play the Old Stuff EVERY Year

I was responding on Greg Sandow’s blog to why the classical industry largely continues to play the standard repertoire each year.  We musicians of that industry can no longer take for granted …

Excellence vs. Opportunity

I heard someone mention excellence and opportunity awhile back and I can’t stop thinking about it. I chose a career in “excellent performance” once I began music schools, intent to play bass in a …

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Revolution Is a Work in Progress

Having begun the Knight Project to expand our Classical Revolution Detroit series in January, we’ve again witnessed the usual results: several people thanking us for sharing classical and symphonic music where they …