Friday, April 9, 2021

The "nerdiest interview" ever...

David Sulzer is an American neuroscientist and musician. He is a professor at Columbia University Medical Center in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pharmacology. Sulzer's lab investigates the interaction between the synapses of the cerebral cortex and the basal ganglia, including the dopamine system, in habit formation, planning, decision making, and diseases of the system. His lab has developed the first means to optically measure neurotransmission, and has introduced new hypotheses of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease, and changes in synapses that produce autism and habit learning. Under the stage name Dave Soldier, he is known as a composer and musician in a variety of genres including avant-garde, classical, and jazz. He is the author of the soon to be published book "Music, Math, and Mind" (Columbia University Press).

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Update with Washington Garcia!

 Dr. Garcia recntly announced that he will soon be the Dean of the School of Music, Stetson University, Deland, FL.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Back to the concert hall

It was like being wrapped in a warm blanket to be back hearing live music in a great concert hall. In part to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center, the Omaha Symphony (OS) hosted a live and in-person, socially distanced chamber concert. The sweet acoustic of the Peter Kiewit Concert Hall is a quick reminder of why music best lives on stage rather than on screen. While the hall seats 2,005, there were about 250 masked ticket holders in attendance at this diverse program that showcased the skills of the OS’ principal players. Kudos to the Symphony for taking a small but important step in opening to the public and for programming such a wide range of music and musical styles.  For the complete review, go here:

Monday, February 22, 2021

Congratulations to James Darrah

An exciting new era beckons for LA’s oldest opera company. Long Beach Opera announces the appointment of James Darrah as its new Artistic Director and Chief Creative Officer. His tenure will begin immediately, and he will remain with the company until at least 2024.

The 36-year-old Los Angeles-based director, designer, and filmmaker is one of the country's most sought-after opera directors, known for harnessing “the peculiar magic that can be conjured at the intersection of theater, opera and film" (The Los Angeles Times). This past year has seen Darrah forge ahead with a cinematic vision that has successfully shaped companies' responses to COVID-19 across the country, including two widely-hailed films for the new digital channels of Opera Philadelphia and Boston Lyric Opera. He also continues as the Creative Director of Digital Content for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, crafting their trailblazing Close Quarters episodic series. He now brings his bold ideas to the vital future of Long Beach Opera. 

See my interview with James just below! 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

A Flute, a piano and some flair!

Located just north of Atlanta, Kennesaw State University has developed a robust School of Music, with faculty well-known regionally and nationally. Two distinguished faculty members – Christina Smith, flute and Robert Henry, piano — presented an online recital from Kennesaw’s Bailey Performance Center. Ms Smith is best known as the principal flute for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist appearing with ensembles throughout the country. Mr. Henry is an internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician.  For the complete review go here: