Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

4Friday: Brighter Futures for Orchestras

More and more orchestras are reporting fiscal surpluses and brighter financial futures. What an incredible turnaround from the Great Recession of 2008! Here are 4 examples:

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Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

4Friday - Songs of Mourning

Music gives us the space to grieve. In light of the tragic events of last Friday in Paris (and let us never forget the other tragedies around the world and here at home), here are 4 French songs to help us mourn.

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No, Classical Music isn't cancelled - in the world of classical music blogs, it is very much alive and well, thank you very much! I've been delighted to discover 2 new ones recently (#1 & #2). #3 and #4 have been around for a while, but very much worth checking out!

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

4Friday: Podcasts!

Podcasts have been around for over 10 years. There used to be a number of great classical music podcasts, but for some strange reason they all died out around 2011/2012. Now it seems like it might be ripe time for a revival/renaissance. 


First of all, what in the world is a "podcast"? Here's a short article that gives a super simple explanation.




Dacia Clay knows nothing - absolutely nothing - about classical music. Turns out, that's the perfect qualification needed to become the host of an absolutely delightful and deservedly popular podcast show, "Classical Classroom", where she invites prominent artists to teach her about all aspects of classical music. I especially enjoyed the episode about leitmotif in "Star Wars" scores by John Williams...just saying...




Australian pianist, blogger and piano teacher Tim Topham has a terrific podcast dedicated to helping piano teachers improve their craft and business. Video and audio-only versions are available. 




Film and media composer Colin Thomson hosts The Modern Musician Show dedicated to helping musicians better understand the business and marketing side of music to enable them to actually make a living with their art. Highly recommended.

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This week I've been subbing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, performing "Icarus at the Edge of Time", a fascinating multimedia piece that explores a modern retelling of the Greek myth based on the science of relativity and black holes. That got me thinking about Einstein, the theory of general relativity, and the nature of time and music.

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2 Curtis surprises, a sober story on hearing loss for a cellist, and the amazing Hazel Scott

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This week's 4Friday selections are skewed a bit to flute music - the students at Curtis have been introducing me to some amazing new repertoire, so it's all thanks to them!

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