Garrett Harris

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

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Finally ... some intellectual rigor!

Sense and Sensibility need not try

“I find Haydn’s music to be too formulaic.” “Ah, but he is the father of the string quartet.” This brief exchange between Marianne and Willoughby in the Old Globe’s Sense and Sensibility sealed the deal. ...

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 ...

Mozart 225

It's like a musicology degree in a box

Next year will be the 225th anniversary of Mozart’s death. To celebrate/capitalize there is a new complete edition of Mozart’s music being released in the form of a 200 disc box set. It’s called W. ...

Puccini, Verdi, drinking, and the suggestion of sex

How to pick up cougars 19th-century style

Let’s connect some dots between Verdi and Puccini and Puccini and himself. This will only take a moment. The scene, which is an “other than arias” gem, is from Act II of Puccini’s La Rondine. ...

Juicy little conspiracy theory

The alignment of the recession and the advent of the iPhone

Junk: The Golden Age of Debt is currently running at the La Jolla Playhouse. The play is set in the financial situation of the mid 1980s. This is the period of Wall Street, Boiler Room, ...

John Blackwood McEwen: Outlaw or composer?

The esoteric pick of the week is back

John Blackwood McEwen was a Scottish drifter who killed nine men in gunfights between 1889 and 1895. He was the scourge of the New Mexico territory and finally had his neck stretched in 1899. He ...

The Don(ald) Giovanni

Don Giovanni abuser of power at Opera Neo

It’s been an operatic week in mid-August. There was Opera Wednesday, then on Thursday I went to The Elixir of Love at Point Loma Opera Theatre, and on Saturday night I caught Don Giovanni presented ...

Pt. Loma Opera performed The Elixir of Love

...and the puppies went on a romp through Donizetti’s comedic gem

The Elixir of Love by Donizetti is a bel canto opera, except when it’s not. Sometimes it’s not bel canto and it’s just opera. The most present understanding of bel canto is based on the ...

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