Classical Music

Opus Pops Gala: San Diego Symphony breaks with tradition

Jazz and the Great American Songbook open the symphony season

September feels as though it is taking forever. It feels that way every year. Football starts, school starts, summer ends, and I’m still waiting for the symphony season to begin. This year the San Diego ...

Other than arias drama

A dramatic scene from Otello

The concertate from act III of Otello has long been a favorite scene in the history of opera. With that in mind, I’m shocked at the disparity of views on YouTube between this and the ...

A useless insight

Who cares about being insightful?

I want to discuss the term “insightful.” It's a word which is thrown around the halls of music with some frequency. “The performance was insightful,” “Beethoven's music is insightful,” etc. We've all heard comments along ...

Tenor Johan Botha dead at 51

One of the great tenors of our new century has died

Johan Botha was one of the great tenors of the early 21st Century. He died September 8 in Vienna at the age of 51. The cause has not been made official, but it is known ...

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership

I remember stating that it was time for balance between the feminine and the masculine in classical music. It appears I was not alone in that conviction. Maybe observation is a better word than conviction. ...

Peachnote app for classical music

Following a score just got peachy

Peachnote could change everything. At least everything about studying a score. In the past people would follow a recording or even a live performance with the score in hand. It's similar to keeping a score ...

Back to scholasticism

Scholastic activities are resuming but what does that mean?

Now that it is September I feel as though some solemnity is required. The start of the school year will forever imbue this month with scholasticism. For as long as I have revelled in the ...

Trolley tracks and Tchaikovsky

The opera goes to the other side of the tracks while the symphony does the nutcracker — in September?

As we enter the final days of summer the Symphony Pops is completing its run at the Embarcadero while San Diego Opera brings some culture to the other side of the tracks. It’s Tchaikovsky time ...

Soundcloud needs to make it rain

Music website holds buried classical treasures

Have you heard of Soundcloud? It's for sale if you've got $1 billion. There are murmurs that the company is seeking to be purchased because it's not making money. In other words, Soundcloud isn’t “making ...

Mozart or Paxil?

No one likes ugly-man-sob face

I feel that it is appropriate every now and then to get a tad personal in my writing here. Today I look to Mozart once again. We just discussed the mammoth release of recordings for ...

Salome The Royal Opera Trailer

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