• A Lesson for All

    Usually, the first rehearsal for a new season is a straightforward affair. We make announcements, introduce new musicians and staff and get our collective chops together.

    Such was not the case in Detroit on a sunny Thursday morning.

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  • The Right to Bare Our Souls

    “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

    John F. Kennedy spoke those words more than half a century ago.

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  • Where Has Curiosity Gone?

    During the summer months, music festivals abound all over the globe. Some are fully professional and others are distinguished by their educational activities.

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  • The Cup Overfloweth

    About 12 years ago, when my son was 8, he played soccer for his middle-school team. Every Saturday, as a somewhat dutiful parent, I showed up and watched this sport, which seemed as far away from the culture I grew up in as it is prevalent today.

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  • In Space, No One Can Hear You Play

    “Sarah Brightman Signs On for International Space Station Gig: Soprano will pay $52m in bid to be the first professional musician to sing from space …”

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  • The Wait Is Not Over

    Every one of us has had the following experience:

    All of our lines are busy. Please hold for the next available agent. All calls will be answered in the order received.

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  • Where Did Our Musical Legacy Go?

    Several months ago, I wrote on this site about the lack of younger American talent on the podiums of major orchestras in the United States.

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  • The Listener as Participant

    It is always astonishing when a simple gesture leads to a heated debate.

    At the start of a tour to Florida with the Detroit Symphony, we decided to try something just a bit different.

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  • How African Americans Have Left a Mark on Classical Music

    I have been working on a new chapter of a book about the challenges faced by the classical music industry.

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