Why is it so difficult to get people interested in new music? Is our own professional weltschmerz so overpowering that even we can’t really get that giddy about it anymore?

The World Upside Down

NPR has cancelled their two remaining syndicated programs devoted to classical music: Performance Today and SymphonyCast, but I’m not terribly shocked.

The Friday Informer: What do you get when…?

This week, bloggers celebrate that a woman can read a teleprompter all by herself (go, Katie!), rejoice over photographic proof that TomKat has truly procreated (nice job, Katie!), and lament that the Village Voice really is out to destroy itself (goodbye and good luck, Christgau). But meanwhile, in new music land…

Ivory Tower: Great Views, Rent Subsidized

I’d like to defend the legitimacy of the academic composer. I don’t fully grasp how one could be a composer in the USA without a university position and still manage to stay afloat financially.