Field Reports

Remembering Leon Kirchner: Anxiety, Restlessness, and Ecstasy

Somehow it still seems fitting that I should always associate my apprenticeship with Leon Kirchner with the stormy years of the late sixties and early seventies, an era full of anxiety, restlessness and ecstasy; those are words that pretty much sum up Leon’s music.

Remembering Dina Koston

On Saturday, August 29, Dina Koston’s friends and colleagues gathered at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, for a memorial concert of both her music and music she loved.

Looking Up At Joe Maneri

Those of us who were close to Joe Maneri will need to adjust to life without his infinitely expressive face, the sound of his voice, and the access we were accustomed to having to his acute mind and compassionate soul.

Remembering Merce

My own story with Merce started as a friendship and turned into a number of wonderful collaborations, experiences, and life altering moments, which I’m only now beginning to fully appreciate.

A Brief Encounter with Ali Akbar Khan

It was sad news to hear that the sarod master and icon of Indian music Ali Akbar Khan died last month, and on my birthday no less, June 18. I first heard his music when I was a little child, growing up in Los Angeles, in the ’50s and ’60s.

A Day of Music

Once a year, on the summer solstice, amateur and professional musicians and listeners take to the streets of NYC for the simple pleasure of playing, listening to, and sharing music; here are some photo highlights from the 2009 edition of Make Music New York.

Make Your Own Rules: Notes on Composition from John Corigliano

As holder of Juilliard’s 2009 William Schuman Scholars Chair, Corigliano
presents two free lectures this year. For the first-which, thanks to the
Juilliard School, is made available here for on-demand
streaming-Corigliano offers an in-depth look at his approach to building
a piece of music.

Ask Your Mama!: Five Questions for Laura Karpman

Ask Your Mama! will premiere at Carnegie Hall on March 16 as part of the Honor! Festival, a celebration of the African American cultural legacy curated by Jessye Norman. We saw the trailer and heard some rumors about a tone row, and just had to ask the work’s composer, Laura Karpman, a few questions.