Five Things to Know Before This Weekend’s Cocktail Party

  • If it’s too hot to go outside where you are, crank up the AC and build your own Dreamhouse. Composer Walter Cianciusi has created versions of La Monte Young’s sine-tone installations in Max/MSP which you can download and manipulate as you like. [Thanks, Kyle].

  • “There is nothing like hearing a new work by a living composer that is so intriguing and impressive that in the moment you could not care less how history will someday rank it.”—So sayeth the NYTimes. Clap your hands say yay!

  • Nothin’ like some good old-fashioned name calling in the high arts. Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in LA has called on audiences to boycott the British stage premiere of John Adams’s 1991 opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Mr Cooper tells the London Guardian, “I would hope the people of Edinburgh would respond appropriately by allowing these moral midgets to do their opera to an empty house.” [Guardian]

  • It’s Medal Day at MacDowell this Sunday. The artists currently in residence will open their studios to guests and Steve Reich will drop in to pick up the 46th Edward MacDowell Medal.

  • William Bolcom is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer AND was popular in high school. Something doesn’t seem fair about that. [Seattle Times via Sequenza 21]

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