Let’s Go Outside

Tired of all that fastidiousness surrounding so-called proper concert hall etiquette? If so, I have the antidote: new music served under tents, in converted grain silos, and afloat on a rescue boat.

Saving Lives

I’d like to focus this week on a particular musical urban legend: Everybody who’s hip to the Smiths seems to know someone who was saved from suicide by the their music.

You’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better

Classical music as a genre has been too fixated on the past, so it goes to follow that most classical music enthusiasts would believe in yesterday more than in the here and now, but I’ve been experiencing a greater openness to new music than ever before.

Everybody’s Doing It, So Why Don’t We?

Even in the age of the pop world’s power trio The Matrix, we’ve never asked a team of paid professionals to craft us a “number one with a bullet” orchestra hit. Lots of Billboard charters do it, so why don’t we?

Third Rock from the Sun

The premise of Tonic’s new rock complexity festival last week was to highlight the ever porous boundary between rock and, for lack of anyone’s better term, contemporary classical music. But as exciting and as new as much of this music sounded, is this really a new idea?