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Why Classical Music Should Pay Attention to the Tim Tebow Era: Part Two

December 7, 2011


DISCLAIMER: I am not a sports journalist. This is a post about classical music, but to provide some context for my reflections, we need some football discussion first. To read Part One of why classical music should pay attention to the Tim Tebow Era, click here. “In a season that has been so improbable, the […]

On giving with a cheerful heart

November 4, 2011


If you’re friends with me (in real life or on Facebook) or you follow me on Twitter, you know that my wife and I recently bought a house in Denver (Arvada to be exact). And if you know me in real life, you know that while I am loving our new house, I despise home […]

Everybody loathes your name?

August 1, 2011


You know, making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away? It’s true. Sometimes we want to go where everybody knows our name and they’re always glad we came, right? We want to be where […]

Waiting for Superman: a former public school music teacher’s take on the movie and where we go from here

October 29, 2010


PROLOGUE They say I gotta learn, But nobody’s here to teach me If they don’t understand it, How can they reach me? I guess they can’t. I guess they won’t. I guess they front. That’s how I know my life is outta luck, fool. -Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise       Before joining the artistic staff […]

For the love of the game

October 20, 2010


Last night at our piano dress rehearsal for this weekend’s Colorado Symphony Russian music concerts, I had one of those nights that remind you of why you do what you do. This weekend’s guest conductor with the Symphony is a Russian guy named Alexander Polianichko, who in my estimation is probably the most high-profile “name” conductor […]

This one time…at choir camp…

September 22, 2010


Two weekends ago, I went with the rest of the Colorado Children’s Chorale staff up into the Rocky Mountains outside of Denver for one of my favorite weekends of the year: Concert Choir camp. I love Concert Choir camp because while it is certainly about getting the kids get a head start on this season’s […]

Inception IS possible

August 4, 2010


Imagine you’re an American dude (if you’re not already one). A friend comes up to you and says, “Man…I just read the most amazing book. You’ve gotta read this, man. It’s fantastic.” “Sounds great, man,” you say. “I’ll check it out. What’s the book?” “It’s called Twilight. Great read, bro. Great read.” You trust your […]