November 24, 2019

Last night's performance of "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky at Benaroya was amazing. They opened up with Scriabin's "The Poem of Ecstasy" which I had never heard and is now in my heart. A truly dazzling and dynamic work.

Prior to intermission, we were treated to...

August 18, 2018

This is for those practicing instruments of any kind, including the voice.

There are 168 hours in a week. I usually get to see a student for only one of those hours. And although a great lesson can be a liberating experience with lasting benefits (don’t you love those?)...

March 26, 2018

Other than the fact that he is an international phenomenon and has much better hair, Eric Whitacre is a lot like me. We both are composers, born in the early 70's in the US, were raised in secular households, wanted to be in Depeche Mode when were teens, and still want...

March 18, 2018

When I was at Wilbur Wright College (one of the City Colleges of Chicago) around the turn of the millennium, I was fortunate to have several great instructors including Michael Holian. Professor Holian is the kind of brilliant and inspiring man you'd expect to be runni...

March 16, 2018

The Buffalo Bills are on my list of all-time favorite singers (list forthcoming). They are featured in one of the best musicals of all time - The Music Man - where their work-a-day characters spontaneously discover their inherent ability to sing in perfect 4-part harmo...

March 6, 2018

Some time ago, I pretty much stopped posting on The Book of Faces. I dunno...I guess, for me, something about that format makes me feel like I am only ever cultivating my self-importance. Whether or not a blog will serve a higher purpose than a FB post is anybody's gue...

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