Field Reports

Empire of Glass: Austin Lyric Opera Brings Terror to Texas

Staging the U.S. premiere of Philip Glass’s new opera about pointless torture and a lost war on terror in Austin, Texas, might seem like a left hook aimed at the jaw of Bush Country, except that there’s little disagreement with its message in this cosmopolitan university town.

Scene Scan: Austin, Texas

In the face of the cultural behemoth that is Austin’s bar/club scene, a handful of dedicated composers, performers, and promoters have succeeded in building a small but vibrant new music community, grabbing the attention of the wider Austin arts scene along the way.

The Field Trip to End All Field Trips

Concerts celebrating Steve Reich’s seventieth birthday are being staged around the globe this year so I thought it would be fitting for western Michigan to contribute to the party. But first, a field trip to set the tone.