Choosing the Right Dress

Similar to fashion, some artists and ensembles have lots of style while others only blend in with the crowd, and some people just don’t care about fashion—musical or otherwise.

Independence Day

Orchestras all over the country traditionally celebrate the annual marker of our sovereignty with a bombastic concert, replete with fireworks and all sorts of other extra-musical hoo-ha. Frequently, Tchaikovsky’s historically inappropriate 1812 Overture gets trotted out.

Hearing the Forest and the Trees

I ask the age-old question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound? Or, if a composer writes a piece of music, and there is no one to perform it, does it matter?