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Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.16.17

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:55:56 +0000

Emil Viklický & Others: Trumpet Summit It is an open secret long acknowledged nearly everywhere: the best jazz musicians in other parts of the world are in a league with top players from the United States. ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-08-16  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.15.17

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:01:42 +0000

The Board’s Role in Community Engagement: Part II Last time I presented the first part of a discussion about the potential for boards as positive resources for community engagement. Here is the rest of the text. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-08-15 Monday Recommendation: Chet Baker Biography Revised Jeroen de Valk: Chet Baker, His Life And […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.14.17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:31:01 +0000

Respect I co-led an hour-long seminar this summer on the business side of being a composer.  We covered a lot of topics: commissions, publication, recordings - the works. At one point, I mentioned ... read more AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2017-08-14  

Top AJBlog Posts From The Weekend Of 08.13.17

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:15:15 +0000

Frank Sinatra Sings Brahms The Importance of the Familiar You know how it feels when you unexpectedly hear a familiar piece of music—any kind of music? You get that jolt and you say, oh I love that song/piece. Or ... read more AJBlog: The Bright RidePublished 2017-08-13 And Finally, From Ystad The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival ran […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.10.17

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:20:53 +0000

Ystad 2017: Catching Up Catching up is a noble ambition, but the quantity of music at the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival and the tight scheduling make it all but impossible to be comprehensive. My notebook is ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-08-10  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.09.17

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:47:21 +0000

Should Museums Compare and Contrast Cultures? It seems to be a trend these days for art museums (and some galleries) to mix and match cultures and, sometimes, time periods. Sometimes, this is about breaking down so-called false hierarchies in art history ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-08-09  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.08.17

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:01:06 +0000

The Board’s Role in Community Engagement: Part I The board of directors of a nonprofit arts organization can and should play an important role in planning for and adopting community engagement as a crucial mission strategy. There is a tendency on the part ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-08-08    

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.07.17

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:39:43 +0000

Sunrise, Sunset and Subjective Connections Can we name a universal aesthetic experience, one that all peoples around the globe have encountered from the beginning of humanity to the present?  Probably not.  But if we wanted to come close, we could ... read more AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2017-08-07 The Artist in His Studio – Matisse: and These […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 08.06.17

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:15:35 +0000

A Scientific Cure for Mosquito Bite? Not the Higgs Boson. Alice (Olivia Williams) and Jenny (Olivia Colman) photograph by Brinkhoff Mögerburg You have to wonder a little why Lucy Kirkwood’s new play (at the Dorfman, National Theatre, directed by the NT’s head honcho, Rufus Norris) ... read more AJBlog: Plain EnglishPublished 2017-08-06 More From Ystad: Bobby Medina […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.03.17

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:38:48 +0000

Ystad Jazz Festival: The Opener The 2017 Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival launched with a tribute to Monica Zetterlund (1937-2005). The singer’s legacy in her homeland seems to steadily expand, and the attendance reflected her continued presence in ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-08-03  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.02.17

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:28:20 +0000

Who’da Thunk? I don’t like spending money. I’m leery of signing up for ongoing contracts for service unless I really, really have to (want to). So when we bought a new “pre-owned” car that came with a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM™ satellite radio I was not overwhelmed with joy. But here’s what happened. ... read more […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.01.17

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:14:01 +0000

Bard SummerScape’s latest operatic resurrection: Dvorák’s long, bloody Dmitrij Dmitrij is an opera that keeps growing before your very ears. And growing. And growing, until you have some of the most dramatically apt music Dvorák ever wrote for the stage. ... read more AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published 2017-08-01 Memo to Berkshire Museum: Homeless National Academy Suspends Its School, […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.31.17

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:45:27 +0000

Kurt Weill in 2017 “Wherever I found decency and humanity in the world, it reminded me of America.” That this observation – recorded by Kurt Weill in 1947 – rings hollow in 2017 does not diminish the fascination ... read more AJBlog: Unanswered Question Published 2017-07-30 The NYC Influence Over time, various cities emerge as strongholds of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 07.30.17

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:45:46 +0000

Brubeck And Desmond: Can’t You Hear Them Calling? I am running soon for a plane headed to Sweden. But first: I must tell you about a discovery by blogger, Rifftides reader and tune-detective-first-class Tarik Townsend. Mr. Townsend (pictured) writes that ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-07-28 The Jazz & Blues Art Box — instant collection, rare data […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.26.17

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:00:01 +0000

Fireflies Are Out … “Veselka” cucumber conundrum soup  You can tell the temperature by the firefly rate of thorax blinking, which can be hypnotic, like the gleam of this cucumber seed in fluorescent kitchen light. Those seeds, covered in slime, scoot like baby roaches onto counter or floor when you run a spoon down the […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.25.17

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:38:11 +0000

Benefits of the Arts (Again) Summer is an excellent time to review topics covered before and evaluate whether they should be raised again. Four years ago I offered a preliminary overview of a way of discussing the benefits of the arts. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-07-25 “Deeply Opposed”: Joint Statement by AAMD & AAM […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.24.17

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:22:50 +0000

Berkshire Museum Disposables: Bierstadts, Bouguereaus, Calders, Church, Inness, “George Washington” The hit list is out. The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, today identified (see the above link) all 40 works that it intends to sell through Sotheby’s to bankroll its $60-million reinvention plan. ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-07-24 Digging to France When I tell a U.S. colleague about several […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 07.23.17

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:56:14 +0000

Opera: America’s War Without End Anthony Haden Guest calls “The Plain of Jars” — a chamber opera by Keith Patchel about America’s secret war in Laos — “the lineal descendant of Stravinsky’s ‘Nightingale’ and Alban Berg’s ‘Lulu’ and ‘Wozzeck.'” Click ... read more AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-07-21 From Montreal to Massachusetts Compagnie Marie Chouinard performs at Jacob’s Pillow, July 19 through 23 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.20.17

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:12:29 +0000

The Fable of One Turtle and Four Humans: A Story of Community How did the turtle cross the road? The answer according to Greg Milo: thanks to a cardboard box and a community.  ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-07-20 Growing Together Laura Gisler shares a beautiful meditation on what community means to her through these […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.19.17

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:46:43 +0000

The World Is Your Classroom (Or Gym) Naomi Even-Aberle introduces us to her community: her gym. She shares how impactful it can be to take part in the successes, failures, and challenges of her students and peers as well as ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-07-19 Part of Something Bigger Jaclyn Roessel reflects on the […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.18.17

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:45:49 +0000

One Jupiter Jupiter, Florida in northern Palm Beach County is home to a very large population of Guatemalan immigrants. In April 2015, Onesimo Lopez-Ramos, an 18-year-old member of that community, was murdered outside his home by ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-07-18 A Real Community Will Stretch You What are the qualities of a rubber band? […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.17.17

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:07:01 +0000

Welcome to the Community We are all a part of communities of many different shapes and sizes. Large or small, local to our region or universal, communities offer connection, purpose and a sense of belonging to a group larger ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-07-17 Finding Magic in Community Sometimes joining a new community can […]

Top AJ Posts From The Weekend Of 07.16.17

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:45:35 +0000

New Musical Venues for a New National Moment With classical music under siege, many are rethinking audiences and venues. Here in Manhattan, Geffen Hall – previously Fisher Hall, and before that Philharmonic Hall – has never been an inviting place in which ... read more AJBlog: Unanswered QuestionPublished 2017-07-15 Pears, Satie And A Phil Woods Story Today’s […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.13.17

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:25:43 +0000

Bible Bumble: The Befuddled Build-Up to the New Museum of the Bible How is the ambitious, soon-to-open Museum of the Bible hoping to repair the collateral damage to its reputation, now that Hobby Lobby - the crafts and home decor company led by the museum’s founder, chairman and ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-07-13  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.12.17

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:14:54 +0000

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday Lives on in London In her photographs, the multiple Tony-winner Audra McDonald looks nothing like Billie Holiday. But when she appears at Wyndham’s Theatre in Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill ... read more AJBlog: Plain English Published 2017-07-12

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.11.17

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:22:03 +0000

Social Silos “I don’t know anyone who ... ” Recently, a colleague presented a workshop on nonprofit financial management to a group of board members of and volunteers for very small grassroots social service organizations. In the course of ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-07-11 A Bit Of Moscow Music Our occasional Rifftides Russian correspondent, Svetlana Ilicheva, […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.10.17

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:00:18 +0000

The problem with ranking cities’ cultural vibrancy Two recent publications derive indices to rank different cities according to their cultural vibrancy ... The problem is not with the quality of the data. Many of the raw data series will be of interest. The problem is in the very nature of the exercise.  ... read more AJBlog: For What It's Worth […]