View from the Three Rivers: Taking Over Town

Andrew Druckenbrod Those outside the classical music business tend to view it as a specialty. That’s certainly been the case for me as a classical music critic. How many times has someone come up to you, whether you’re a composer, performer, administrator and the like, and just assumed you can name whatever piece is playing […]

View from the East: How We Can Save the World

Greg Sandow Well, maybe not the world, but—just maybe—classical music. By “we” I mean all of us active in new music. And I know I’ve written before, either in a column here or in a response to a comment, that we can’t replace the classical music world. It’s too big, too mainstream for the way […]

No Common Practice: The New Common Practice and its Historical Antecedents

Benjamin PiekutPhoto by Megan Wolf When I initially spoke with friends and colleagues about the notion of a new “common practice,” I became aware that the concept is not nearly as widely-recognized as I had initially thought. Is it a set of performance techniques? Is it neo-romantic symphonic music? Or could it be defined as […]

Inaugural Joyce Awards Support Work by Sierra and Ung

Roberto Sierra and Chinary Ung The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are among the first cultural organizations to benefit from the Joyce Foundation‘s newly established Joyce Awards, a funding initiative designed to support mainstream Midwestern cultural organizations commissioning works by artists of color. Each organization will receive a grant of $50,000 […]