Friday, August 23, 2019

Edinburgh..., Mark Gresham's informative website, based in Atlanta, graciously published my reviews of classical music events I attended at the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals.  Links are here:

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Peasantry in Omaha...

OMAHA, NE— On a beautiful warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in July, over 300 people turn out to hear an Omaha Chamber Music Society (OCMS) concert. With the frequent dire predictions in the popular media about the death of classical music and its audiences, this large turnout should be sending a different message. The genre is alive and well, and its audience remains robust. And it seems the OCMS is on to something.
The concert featured the piano duo of Jennifer Novak Haar and Christi Zuniga, known as “Christi and Jennifer.” Ms. Haar, an Oberlin graduate, performs frequently with orchestras and as a soloist throughout the plains states. Ms. Zuniga is a Curtis graduate and is the principal keyboardist of the Omaha Symphony. She is from Atlanta and attended Clayton State University, in Morrow, Georgia, where she obtained a degree in piano performance.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

ATLANTA, GA— The American prairies seem endlessly long and mostly uninteresting to people who drive across the country’s vast mid-section. The big sky with the big sun makes sunglasses and air conditioning mandatory in the summer. In the winter the wind and the gray can be numbing. But to those who live there and have learned to their land, it is a landscape made up of small and beautiful miracles. The wildflowers, the stalks of wheat, the symmetry of the corn rows, and the windblown trees combine to make a breathtaking landscape.
Wyoming is one of those places that most people will never see, yet it has that unique prairie beauty. Except that on October 12, 1998 the landscape played unintended host to a savage and inhumane killing of a young man. Near Laramie, that’s where young Matthew Shepard was tortured, only to be stripped of his consciousness, his peace, and ultimately his life. For the complete review, go here: