Chicago: The Spektral Quartet goes to pieces (and rots)

Spektral Quartet

I can’t tell if the Spektral Quartet is getting bigger or smaller. At the quartet’s Saturday night concert, “Snowpocalypse Antidote,” I had the opportunity to reflect on “miniaturization” and the pleasure of small forms. They’re “doing small” in a very big way.

New NEA Reports Crunch the Numbers on Culture

The official logo for the NEA

The data for three new NEA reports have, for the first time, enabled the NEA to show a comprehensive view of a single year (2012) in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different angles: supply, demand, and motivations for consumer behavior.

Art and Environment: Connections, Community, and Being

A maze of trees in winter

Too often we live only by a temporal, horizontal axis in which we over-analyze, live within our heads, and lose connection with the earth and with our bodies. Being in touch with silence reinforces access to our inner selves and serves to reinvigorate connections with the earth and our identities.

John Luther Adams Wins William Schuman Award

John Luther Adams with hat and sunglasses in a park.

The Columbia University School of the Arts has announced that John Luther Adams is the newest recipient of the William Schuman Award, a direct, unrestricted grant of $50,000, which is one of the largest given to an American composer.

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