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Why classical music organizations should pay attention to the Tim Tebow Era

October 15, 2011


Dear classical music organizations (especially struggling ones): I know this is an apples to oranges comparison overall, but don’t let that fool you into thinking the comparison is irrelevant: we should be watching the Tim Tebow Era with the Denver Broncos- an era that officially began this week- EXTREMELY closely. For the purposes of this […]

On finding and killing our musical horcruxes

August 31, 2011


(What’s a horcrux, you say? Click here.) We all grow up with music. Sure all of us are exposed more to one kind of music than to others, and sure all of us develop different tastes and preferences, but we all grow up with music. Yet like religion and like politics, so much of what […]

Hoodrat, hoodrat, hoochie opera?

June 24, 2011


In case you don’t know the story behind the opera Carmen by French composer George Bizet, here’s a brief synopsis for you via hip-hop/R&B songs: Carmen to Don Jose: “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.” Don Jose to Carmen: “You make me wanna leave the one I’m with and start a new relationship […]

The DJ got us fallin’ in love again: Vail Residency dance party

June 8, 2011


I wish you could be a fly on the wall and see what I see one night each summer during the Colorado Children’s Chorale Tour Choir Residency Week in Vail, Colorado at the annual dinner and dance party night. (To see pictures from the dinner and dance, please visit the Chorale’s blog by clicking here.) […]

It is what it is

May 20, 2011


I submit for your consideration: Kegasus. Yes, that was an advertisement for the Preakness, the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s prestigious and historic Triple Crown races. And in an effort to encourage the 21-40 year old demographic to buy a ticket and come to the infield on the day of the race, this is what […]

A spoonful of sugar: part 2

April 8, 2011


This is part two of a two-part thing. Here’s part 1 in case you missed it. Part 2 This year, among lots of challenging, “legit” choral literature, our Colorado Children’s Chorale Tour Choir has Owl City’s 2009 smash hit “Fireflies” in their repertoire. When the Tour Choir performs at schools in and around Denver and […]

A spoonful of sugar: part 1

April 7, 2011


Perhaps you remember this from around the time of our last Presidential election. The Ron Clark Academy is famous for taking hit hip-hop/R&B/rock songs and using them to help the kids understand and retain important concepts and content from the classroom. They use music to not only enrich the student’s comprehension of the subject matter, […]