Culture Shock

The city of Flint, MI has had it rough for many years, and, unfortunately, usually makes the news for bad reasons. From Flint native Michael Moore's film "Roger and Me" to the recent stories about lead in the city's water supply, Flint's image is not in the best of...

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Dressed To Kill

A recent article in the New York Times about a new attempt to make formalwear more comfortable for performing musicians reminded me of one of my favorite gripes - why do we wear this stuff, anyway? The article is about Kevin Yu, pictured above in one of his...

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Help Wanted

In a previous post, I wrote about my visit to Community MusicWorks and my plans to start a similar program in Cincinnati. Time for an update - there are a lot of things we'll need help with, but I'll start with the most pressing: Wanted - violinist for community-based...

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Another Opening, Another Show

Wouldn't it be great if an orchestra concert started like this? https://youtu.be/fSbFgt0wp_4&w=550&start=007&end=014 OK, maybe not - but we classical musicians can learn something about a good opening from the boxing world, and we need to. I'll get to that in a second...

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It’s An Honor

On Thursday, The Kennedy Center announced its honorees for 2015, giving America its annual gift of cultural whiplash (the above photo is an excellent example). Representing classical music will be Seiji Ozawa, longtime music director of the Boston Symphony, along with...

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Thank You For Your Service

As some readers know, I spent eight years as a member of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra. As the name implies, I spent most of my time in uniform at the White House or in other government buildings, performing for various official gatherings. I...

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