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 …

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 …

Knight Project Blogpost II – Let Me Count the Ways

I am in New York City for annual booking conferences with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Chamber Music America (CMA). APAP is the largest such conference in North …

Classical Revolution Detroit event playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet 2011

What Did You Learn Playing Classical in Bars, Rick?

I was recently asked in a meeting what I had been learning by sight-reading (unrehearsed) and performing (rehearsed) classical in bars, clubs and restaurants. Where do I start? I learned …