Garrett Harris

Garrett Harris
Garrett Harris covers the classical music scene for the Reader.

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Take up the cause of Schmidt

Austria's local hero Franz Schmidt get a rare performance at this year's Proms

The BBC Proms is taking up the cause of Franz Schmidt in a concert on September 10 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A performance of Schmidt’s Symphony No. 2 will be given by the Vienna ...

Wave of the baton creates political intrigue

Daniel Barenboim's global approach has displeased major powers

Politics in classical music is not new. Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Shostakovich, and countless other composers were politically active and, at times, censored. Almost every mid-20th-century conductor, singer, and instrumental soloist was politicized by World War ...

Conceptual art as a reference for conceptual music

Does the conversation determine what is art?

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. This is the title of a piece of art from 1991 by Damien Hirst. The work of art is a tiger shark in a ...

The sweat test

Buddy, don't take it easy — get out there!

I recently heard a kid at the park complaining about being sweaty. He went over to his parent and got some water and was told to “take it easy, buddy.” I realize this is a ...

Esoteric, hollow, enjoyable Victorian propaganda

Just because it's charming and lovely doesn't mean you can like Songs of the Sea

Songs of the Sea is the Esoteric Pick of the Week. If you haven’t been spending much time at the beach, you’re missing out. El Niño is here and the water feels so good, you ...

Stellar young cast delivers the Don

Mozart's Don Giovanni à la Point Loma Opera Theater

Point Loma Opera Theater continues to crank out quality concerts. The most recent success was Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Tuesday August, 18 at Pacific Beach Presbyterian and Thursday August 20th at St. Paul’s Cathedral. I ...

Five angry men

Garrett gets a taste of old-school venom for his SummerFest piece

Classical music has been one of the main culprits of “trolling” for centuries. The 19th century was full of factions which went to war in publications regarding the merits of different composers and schools of ...

Lost to history but preserved in legend

Beethoven's Coriolan is the esoteric pick of the week

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture is not an esoteric piece of music. The overture is quite popular, in and of itself. The overture is not a freestanding piece, though. It was written as incidental music for a ...

Not enough time for classical music

Even the NFL is losing numbers to the million other distractions

What if this problem of declining audiences in classical music wasn’t really about the appeal of classical music? What if there were larger forces at work here? It struck me that declining audiences are more ...

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