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Summer Writing Projects

Though COVID sadly (but understandably) canceled what would have been my third summer working at the Aspen Music Festival, I am grateful to have received a few writing opportunities from Aspen as well as the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. Below are the fruits of that labor, which take the form of both […]

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Ligeti’s Violin Concerto

Sometimes you witness a performance that is so incredible, so out-of-the-ordinary that it sticks with you and will just not leave you alone. That’s just what happened a few days ago when I attended a performance of György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto. Programmed as the conclusion to Augustin Hadelich‘s recital at the Aspen Music Festival—a forward-looking program […]

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Revitalizing the Concert Hall – Part 2: Program Notes

This is the second installment of my multiple-part series. You can read the first installment here. Program Notes: After finding my seat (which is sometimes easier said than done), one of the very first things I do when attending a classical concert is sit down, open the program book, and read through the program notes. […]

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