Oooo, Pet Shop Boys

OOOO, PET SHOP BOYS

By popular demand on Facebook...well, two people asked for it ...here's the story I said there I'd tell about the Pet Shop Boys. How...

How Ice-T was a mensch

HOW ICE-T WAS A MENSCH

One of my happiest moments, in my years as a journalist, was when I got Ice-T to stop saying something homophobic and cruel in his...

 
 
 
Perilous orchestra life

PERILOUS ORCHESTRA LIFE

“When the task force made its report, it led with a bombshell.” Read on! It's early in the last decade, and the CEO of one of America's...

Reaching out with love

REACHING OUT WITH LOVE

How could we think in a really big way - an expansive, loving way - about the future of classical music? I think we might move toward...

 
 
 
Something American orchestras don't want known

SOMETHING AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS DON'T WANT KNOWN

Continuing from my last post , with what should be in a book on the past few decades' history of American orchestras... One main focus...

We need to unearth some history

WE NEED TO UNEARTH SOME HISTORY

I wrote on Facebook awhile ago that there ought to be a book on the history of American orchestras from the 1980s on. Or the 70s, maybe. I...

 
 
 
Force of nature - how the Chicago Lyric Opera sold tickets

FORCE OF NATURE - HOW THE CHICAGO LYRIC OPERA SOLD TICKETS

Some anecdotes from the backstage front lines of opera in the US in the 1980s. Ardis Krainik I served on an NEA opera/music theater...

Not as deep as it seems

NOT AS DEEP AS IT SEEMS

I had a range of thoughts about Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins's opera Prism , which won the Pulitzer prize. I loved Reid's music, but...

 
 
 
Me, John Kander, and the opera/music theater coup d'etat

ME, JOHN KANDER, AND THE OPERA/MUSIC THEATER COUP D'ETAT

Here's some history that might not be much remembered now. Involving a 1980s push to get new operas produced, and a funding coup pulled...

My not so little son's great taste

MY NOT SO LITTLE SON'S GREAT TASTE

My son, Rafa, seven years old. And such taste in music. It might have been a year ago that he fell in love with the Hamilton cast album....

 
 
 
More joy

MORE JOY

I talked in my last post about Steven Isserlis making a concert joyful, because he felt joy himself. Two nights after I heard him,...

Joyful music

JOYFUL MUSIC

I heard three joyful classical concerts a month ago, on three successive nights. Such happiness in a single week! I'll talk now about...

 
 
 
Shaking my head

SHAKING MY HEAD

Another day, more things in our classical music world that make me shake my head and smile. First a Boston Symphony press release,...

Words from a student

WORDS FROM A STUDENT

Yesterday I had an enjoyable phone talk with a freshman at Stuyvesant High School in New York, which happens to be where I went, decades...

 
 
 
Action on diversity, instead of talk

ACTION ON DIVERSITY, INSTEAD OF TALK

So refreshing! A major classical music institution taking strong action on diversity. This is the English National Opera, as reported...

Could diversity get us more attention?

COULD DIVERSITY GET US MORE ATTENTION?

The answer to the question in the title - I think it's yes. My thesis here: That classical music should be more diverse not just because...

 
 
 
Diversity story. Or non-diversity

DIVERSITY STORY. OR NON-DIVERSITY

A story one of my students told me, a few years ago. I might not remember every detail. But as I recall, a family member was visiting...

Unacceptable

UNACCEPTABLE

The Met Opera, presenting a nearly all-white profile in its streaming performance of La Traviata , faces no consequences for appearing...

 
 
 
Playing in the minor leagues

PLAYING IN THE MINOR LEAGUES

Saw some promotion from the Utah Symphony, with this about La mer : Allow yourself to answer the siren call of the sea with music that...

We're outliers

WE'RE OUTLIERS

Yes, we in classical music have a focus, have concerns that the rest of the world might not share. And which might seem odd to people...

 
 
 



SENSATION! PREMIERE! THE LIVE STREAM!

SENSATION! PREMIERE! THE LIVE STREAM! 19 April at 20:00(Atlanta,USA), at 3:00 (Moscow,Russia) the Transfer of the group "The show broadway group" ON the AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL... Read more ...

Law on local radio Freedom

Chuck Schumer U.S. senator Dear Mr. Gorbunov: Thank You for contacting me to Express your concern about S. Con.Res.6, the Law on local radio Freedom. While the local... Read more ...

The Hits Collection Igor Gorbunov

GET THIS SHOW !!! From NoiseTrade and get free music from @showbroadway3 at @noisetrade. Listen here... Read more ...

Rihanna Gets Standing Ovation For Inspiring Speech at 2020 NAACP Image...

Rihanna Gets Standing Ovation For Inspiring Speech at 2020 NAACP Image Awards: Watch

Rihanna may have been the recipient of one of the biggest honors at the 51st annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night , but she humbly... Read more ...

BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' Voted This Week's Favorite New Music Release

BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' Voted This Week's Favorite New Music Release

Friday was packed with tons of fresh music and surprises, from a live recording of Taylor Swift's "The Man" and her bff... Read more ...

Chance the Rapper Revisits the Time Lizzo Interviewed Him Way Back When in...

Chance the Rapper Revisits the Time Lizzo Interviewed Him Way Back When in 2012: Watch

Before Lizzo became one of music's biggest stars, she was was spending her time behind the scenes studying her future peers. Earlier this week,... Read more ...

Here Are All the Winners From the 2020 NAACP Image Awards

Here Are All the Winners From the 2020 NAACP Image Awards

Beyonce is among the early winners at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards announced before the ceremony - her honors include outstanding album for... Read more ...

Pusha T Stops Streaming “Hunting Season” Out Of Respect For Pop Smoke

Pusha T Stops Streaming “Hunting Season” Out Of Respect For Pop Smoke

Pusha T has pulled "Hunting Season," his new collaborative track with Jadakiss, from streaming services. In a statement on social media, he explains that it was removed out of... Read more ...

Cardi B Goes on Twitter Rant in Response to Alleged Assault Lawsuit: 'Give...

Cardi B Goes on Twitter Rant in Response to Alleged Assault Lawsuit: 'Give Me a F--in Break'

Just hours after TMZ reported on an assault lawsuit against Cardi B for an alleged February 2018 incident, the rapper is clearing the air... Read more ...

Pop Smoke's Cause of Death Revealed

Pop Smoke's Cause of Death Revealed

Pop Smoke died of a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. The 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper,... Read more ...

First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Claude VonStroke, Seven...

First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Claude VonStroke, Seven Lions, Jesse Lanza & More

New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you're supposed to somehow find the best ones. It's... Read more ...

YoungBoy Never Broke Again Releases 'Still Flexin, Still Steppin' Album...

YoungBoy Never Broke Again Releases 'Still Flexin, Still Steppin' Album, Drops 'Lil Top' Video

YoungBoy Never Broke Again is back with his first full-length release of 2020. NBA dropped off his Still Flexin, Still Steppin album on Friday (Feb... Read more ...

Love Is Blind Season 1 Is Almost Over - Here's What We Know About Season 2

Love Is Blind Season 1 Is Almost Over - Here's What We Know About Season 2

The first season of Love Is Blind is almost over - even though it just started a couple weeks ago! - and we're already wondering if there will be a second season. Right now... Read more ...