New and Familiar

“Remind yourself to keep listening for the new in what seems to be the old and familiar. You may hear for the first time something that has been singing to you all along.” Composer/teacher W. A. Mathieu in his splendid set of essays, The Listening Book (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1991) Read more »

Thoughts on Classical Concerts

I once interviewed a prominent art song recitalist, who declared to me: “The last thing I want is for a concert to be a substitute for church.” He went on at some length about the importance of entertainment, and of leaving his audience with smiles on their faces. I found […] Read more »