Here are a few short bits from some of my favorite music blogs. You can always visit my link blog to see all the stories (both music and non-music related) that I’ve been checking out:
- John Grillo discusses the IRIS Orchestra – John Grillo (a frequent collaborator for the blog and the podcast) writes about the IRIS Orchestra’s opening night concert, the first opening night I have ever missed since the orchestra’s inception in 2000.
- Wyoming? Check! – I am having a particularly fun time following this blog because the author has recently joined the South Dakota Symphony, my former orchestra. Hearing about the goings-on of this orchestra through the eyes of a South Dakota newcomer is very interesting to me, and I really enjoy the author’s writing style as well.
- Un gorilla dalle 800 libbre – Michael Hovnanian writes about the Chicago Symphony musicians’ various attitudes about potentially having Riccardo Muti as music director of the orchestra on his CSO Bass Blog.
- Perspective – Charles Noble comments on Oregon arts journalist James Bash’s column concerning the precarious financial situation of the Oregon Symphony. James worries that the instability may be affecting the orchestra’s ability to attract the highest quality musicians for new vacancies, and Charles adds a musician’s perspective to this dialogue.
- Are Three Legs Appropriate? Or Even Sufficient? – Former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association president and current American Symphony Orchestra League president Henry Fogel wrote this article for the April 2000 edition of the now defunct publication Harmony. In it, he discusses the traditional roles of music director, board leader, and executive director, and how these relationships may no longer be the most effective arrangement for the modern symphony orchestra.
- Sun Sets on CCM Summer Programs – Joshua Nemith, my great pianist colleague from the IRIS Orchestra, wrote a recent post discussing the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s decision to eliminate their extremely popular summer music programs. Josh reflects on his valuable experiences participating in these programs and ponders the long-term impact of cutting these programs.