Tag Archives: Education

Ballet, Costume, Art, Music & Paris

Big exhibit opening this Sunday at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, centering on Ballets Russes, including an extensive selection of film, lectures, performances of music and dance, and some costumes on display. Some details & reviews below.  Exhibit runs 12 May to 2 Sept 2013.



Considerations in working with pipe organ accompaniment

These articles are an attempt to alert the professional soloist to some of the details  inherent in working with a pipe organist, many times of necessity using music written for piano. Some general concerns are also listed. In no way is this a complete discussion, and it may be added to in future.  Continue reading Considerations in working with pipe organ accompaniment

NEA studies: Is art a gift or commodity?

“…a work of art is a gift, not a commodity. Or, to state the modern case with more precision, that works of art exist simultaneously in two ‘economies,’ a market economy and a gift economy. Only one of these is essential, however: a work of art can survive without the market, but where there is no gift there is no art.”   poet Lewis Hyde, The Gift

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) started something on its Facebook page last summer, with an inaugural  essay by writer and visual artist Makoto Fujimura. Here are 2 quotes:  Continue reading NEA studies: Is art a gift or commodity?

Jazz pianist & composer Ramsey Lewis on being an artist

The Artist Toolbox is new on this season’s PBS schedule, and features one-on-one interviews with artists at the top of their fields. Take a look at the impressive and varied list of subjects: painting, jazz, classical, ballet, couture.

A recent program featured Ramsey Lewis, and here are some sound bites:

  • Creativity is everywhere
  • You have to learn to listen to your inner self
  • Everybody in his high school had to take 2 years of music
  • Current American society has become satisfied with mediocrity
  • What are Americans doing instead of minding the store? Culture is a mess. Washington is a mess. Society is a mess.  What are they doing?
  • You have to learn how to get over the fear. You gotta handle your demons. Then everything can start happening.

Clearly the man has learned how to handle at least some of his own demons/fears, and that story’s well worth listening to, whether your own training is classical (as his was originally – surprised?) or not.