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 …

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 …

guitarist plays while keyboardist and photographer listen

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 …

Classical Revolution Detroit event playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet 2011

Classicism vs. Classism

I took part in a place-making workshop last week in Detroit. Despite the usual negative reports, my hometown is actually receiving huge private investments from billionaires, local corporations and major foundations, revitalizing central areas from …

Beyond Dumbing Down

This post is the speech I delivered at SphinxCon last week. (Video) Yes, it’s long at 15-minutes… but I’ll bring in some of the more interesting pictures from the slideshow. …