Tag Archives: Detroit

Forming a Musical Community

As the Christmas/New Years holiday week approaches, Chuck and I have finished a furious round of concerts.  The New Horizons Band where Chuck plays had three concerts of Christmas music – one in the midst of the big snowstorm that hit southeast Michigan on the 11th. Continue reading

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Leonard Slatkin and the Met

Leonard Slatkin Headshot

Leonard Slatkin

For the past week, I’m hearing from a lot of people  about Leonard Slatkin “bombing out” at the Metropolitan Opera.  Slatkin withdrew from the Met after only one performance of La Traviata. According to his blog, it was a miserable experience from the start.

If you’ve missed this moment of high drama in the classical music world, here are a couple of places to get caught up. Continue reading

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Band Festival Announced in Southeast Michigan

The Motor City Brass Band distributed a news release today about an upcoming Festival of Bands.   This event does two things I think are important.   It  helps facilitate communication and coordination between different organizations, and it pulls the Detroit Symphony into a leadership role with community and amateur music groups.

Here are the details: Continue reading

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Passions Know No Boundaries …

This week, I learned that even professional musicians may have a little “midlife musician” in them. Continue reading

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Learning from the Pros

Jazz Pianist Hank Jones will play and talk in the Jazz Tent 

Jazz Pianist Hank Jones will play and talk in the Jazz Tent

If you’ve ever had the chance to sit in on a master class, you can learn quite a lot to improve your own playing.   (Once you get past the point of being glad YOU aren’t the person whose playing is being critiqued in public!!) Continue reading

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