The Friday Informer: New Music Stuff, Gratis

  • The Yale School of Music just snagged a pledge for a $100 million anonymous donation, effectively eliminating the need for students to pay tuition to attend. Extra faculty and new fun toys also promised. Recent Yalie grads still chained to student loans emit collective sigh. [NY Times]

  • Remember the big building at the center of town with all the books, records, and funny microfilm readers? You might want to reacquaint yourself. Leave it to the librarians to wax enthusiastic about new music without prejudice.

  • Too bad this guy lives across the pond. He’d probably be pretty enthused. [Telegraph via ArtsJournal]

  • Steve Smith, the guy who heads up the classical section over at Time Out New York, hears a lot of music in your average 24-hour cycle. He’s now letting us live vicariously at Night After Night, offering 100 percent unjaded and non-bitchy writing about music. I’m not sure if the industry can handle this much open-mindedness. David Ocker, music engraver to the stars, has also started blogging over at Mixed Meters.

  • Best Frank-ism of the week: “I don’t think music is ephemeral. A score might be like a recipe but music is not like chocolate cake. You can have it and eat it too!”

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