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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.19.18

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:10:35 +0000

Breasting the Wave The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-04-19 Deaccession Dejection: La Salle's Sales Slide at Christie’s This is an I-told-you-so post. Some six of 16 old masters deaccessioned by the La Salle University Art Museum were left stranded on the auction block at Christie's this […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.18.18

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:09:29 +0000

The Future of Orchestras - Part Five: Kurt Weill, El Paso, and the National Mood "Wherever I found decency and humanity in the world, it reminded me of America." Kurt Weill wrote those words after returning from a visit to Germany in 1947. I read them aloud at least a dozen times during the Kurt […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.17.18

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:06:33 +0000

Why Max Hollein Was Inevitable as Met's Director Put yourself in the position of a member of the Metropolitan Museum's search committee: Despite all the pressure to choose anyone but another white male – somewhat wrong-headed pressure, imho – I think you'd have picked Max Hollein ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2018-04-16

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.16.18

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:50:26 +0000

Let's move before they change the parking rate No, I cannot quit writing about economic-impact-of-the-arts reports. Let's try something a little more focused, and talk about … parking. Parking is part of the cost of attending a show, if it takes place in ... read more AJBlog: For What It's Worth Published 2018-04-15 Fixing the Actual "Glass Ceiling" at […]

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 04.15.18

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:15:53 +0000

Filthy Rotten T.S. Eliot When my staff of thousands sent me this book cover, APRIL IS A MOTHERFUCKER, by none other than T.S. Eliot, it put me in mind of Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917,which includes ... read more AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2018-04-15 Martha Graham: Sacred and Profane The Martha Graham Dance Company at New York City Center, April […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.12.18

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:38:36 +0000

Fear and loathing in the Renaissance church: Stile Antico sings Victoria’s Holy Week music Sacred music began tumbling from heaven to earth in the late 16th century, when the words it was sung to became something more than liturgical reference points. It took on more qualities of human speech ... read more AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.11.18

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:09:43 +0000

Berkshire Blurbs: Lucas Museum Buys "Shuffleton's"; Sotheby's Lowers Some Estimates No surprise here: The planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, which broke ground last month, today announced its acquisition of Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton's Barbershop from the Berkshire Museum (price undisclosed). This means that ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-04-11  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.10.18

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:19:38 +0000

Market Madness: Sotheby’s to Auction 13 Berkshire Museum Works this May Notwithstanding its direct relevance to the Berkshire Museum's mission (which includes both history and art) and the museum's professed concern for the education of schoolchildren, a portrait of our first President is among its works to be sold at Sotheby's American Art sale on […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.09.18

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:47:51 +0000

Rehabilitating Stockhausen with a KLANG: Does less mystique enhance his stature? Karlheinz Stockhausen has only been gone a little over ten years, but the infamous, trailblazing composer (1928-2007) seems like a name from the past, provoking as much suspicion as awe ... read more AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published 2018-04-09> Celebrating a 40-Year Career In 1978, Jane […]

Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 04.08.18

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 19:15:10 +0000

Cecil Taylor Is Gone Cecil Taylor, a pianist who fashioned his music from myriad styles and sources, died yesterday in New York. He was 89. From his earliest recordings in the mid-1950s with bassist Buell Nieidlinger, ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-04-06 Cecil Taylor, dead at 89, as celebrated nine years ago Cecil Taylor in 2014, photo […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.05.18

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:34:08 +0000

Historically informed performance: How does it translate into the real world? Are we there yet? That classic question that comes with long-delayed arrival was inevitable after a weekend packed with early-music concerts in New York ... read more AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published 2018-04-05 Deaccession Dejection: Court Allows Berkshire Museum Sales Justice David Lowy of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.04.18

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:38:25 +0000

Can Orchestras Be Re-Invented? Theater companies have dramaturges. Museums are staffed by scholars. But orchestras, despite their reverence for great music of the past, don't even care about their own backstories. ... read more AJBlog: Unanswered Question Published 2018-04-04 Juilliard Dancers Predicting Spring Watching the Juilliard School's annual Spring Dances, I think of young racehorses turned loose […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.03.18

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:11:14 +0000

Post-Racial? Puhleeze! I recently attended a production of Our Town presented by Triad Stage, a professional theater company based in Greensboro, NC. It had been decades since I had seen the play but I've always had a soft spot in my heart for it. I thought it was very well done, but this is not a review. What this is ... read […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.02.18

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:59:22 +0000

Who is Kirill Petrenko? The incoming Berlin Phil chief conductor – at least for the moment – can do no wrong Though not a stranger to New York, Kirill Petrenko showed every sign of being discovered by some highly engaged Carnegie Hall audiences in a two-day visit by the Bavarian State Opera, ... read more AJBlog: Condemned […]

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 04.01.18

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:45:04 +0000

Sultanof Arrangements, Part 2 Today, Rifftides offers the second installment of scholar, teacher and historian Jeff Sultanof’s essay on pleasures and challenges in the craft of correcting arrangements.  Exploring Buried Treasure in Plain Sight, Part 2 ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-03-31 Jeff Sultanof On The Archeology Of Arrangements Rifftides is delighted that Jeff Sultanof has agreed […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.28.18

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:54:27 +0000

April Showers: 28 La Salle University Deaccessions in Three Christie's Auctions (with estimates) Without a press release, let alone any fanfare, Christie's has now published the complete catalogue information (including presale estimates) for 28 of the 46 works that were deaccessioned by La Salle University to bankroll its ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-03-28 Chummy MacGregor And "Moon Dreams" […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.27.18

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:55:43 +0000

Frames There are two basic facts I must acknowledge in my work: ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-03-27  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.26.18

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 08:25:36 +0000

Stephen Petronio: Honoring His Heritage, Moving On The Stephen Petronio Company performs new and historic works. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-03-25 Other people's stories: art by parents We all have a strong inclination to view ourselves as the protagonists of our own stories. People in committed relationships have an increased incentive to view themselves as serving […]

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 03.25.18

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:45:40 +0000

Replay: Pierre Boulez conducts Debussy’s Jeux Pierre Boulez and the New Philharmonia Orchestra perform Claude Debussy’s Jeux on the BBC in 1966: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, ... read more AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2018-03-23 Almanac: Winston Churchill on how to live “Nature is merciful and […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.22.18

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:43:42 +0000

Paul Taylor and His Cohort Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center through March 25th. I think I finally got it straight: Paul Taylor American Modern Dance is  ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-03-22 Catching Up (Well … Giving It A Good Try) The John Coltrane project described in this post is completed and awaiting […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.21.18

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:12:14 +0000

Getting Picasso Right: You Think It’s Easy? In London a few weeks back, I was fortunate to be there on the day of the press preview for Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy at the Tate Modern. You might think. at first, that doing a Picasso show is easy, ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2018-03-21 Why Did […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.20.18

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:08:43 +0000

What They Want There is an unfortunate tendency on the part of some in the nonprofit arts industry to believe that it is their responsibility to provide to the public art that they think the public needs. This is usually based on little to no understanding of what those needs might actually be. ... read more […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.19.18

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:56:42 +0000

Court Hearing/Protest Demonstration: Crucial Week in Berkshire/La Salle Deaccession Deliberations Coming to a boil this week, the heated controversies over the fate of endangered collections at two small, little-known museums pose a huge potential threat to museums around the country. And there’s only one sure ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-03-19 The Pleasure of Context Like […]

Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 03.18.18

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:15:47 +0000

Propwatch: the axe in Buggy Baby It was Chekhov who defined the essential rule of theatre props. ‘If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall,’ he told a friend in 1889, ‘then in the ... read more AJBlog: Performance MonkeyPublished 2018-03-16 Fallen Giants: Richard Meier at Cornell University & the Getty Center […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.15.18

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:11:48 +0000

The Big Crack The vintage-candy vault is a Brooklyn cliché, like stoop ball, stickball, new pink Spaldings (Spawl-DEENS) down the grate. ... read more AJBlog: Out There Published 2018-03-15 Bill Frisell And Brad Mehldau: Alone Their recording histories encompass dozens of collaborations, but in their new albums two of the most prolific recording artists in modern music […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.14.18

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:23:18 +0000

Doin' What You Do In 'Present What You Do' I advocated for early engagement work to flow, where possible, from programming already planned and contextualized around the interests of communities. Serendipitously (there’s a word I don’t often get to use), ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-03-13 "Plundering the Art Museum": La Salle University Faculty Senate Blasts […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.12.18

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:27:58 +0000

Decorative but not useful: the instrumental benefits of the arts What good are the arts beyond the personal aesthetic pleasure we gain from them? There is quite a list out there, of these so-called instrumental benefits of the arts ... But you don't have to work in the art world long to know that these instrumental […]