summer reverie

As July draws to a close and August brings the beginning of the season ever closer, I’m thinking about the fruits of a particularly verdant summer. I’ve taught at two great programs, one brand new and one an old friend, and been inspired and energized by the participants. I conducted … Continue Reading →

Taking it seriously

So last night, in Columbus, the audience was laughing at our Carmen all night long. Laughing at this story which ends in the title character’s murder. It was fantastic. And it made me think a lot about what tradition says about “serious” opera. And if you know me, you know which … Continue Reading →

Taking wing

I went to the ballet tonight. Many of the Columbus Symphony musicians and Ballet Met dancers are part of our Carmen production, and tonight they opened the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet. Oh, and the symphony played a huge orchestral program last weekend as well. A daunting schedule! I went to … Continue Reading →


Haven’t posted in a while, but this weekend is a good time to get back into it with two concerts that were profoundly social in nature. What I mean by that is a kind of performing that involves intimate size, of performing group, audience, and performance space. I love me a … Continue Reading →


Today was a heavy day on campus. I spent my day listening not to music, but to the frustrations and fears of the young adults with whom I spend my days. African-American students who wonder if their families are safe. Gay and lesbian students who wonder if the freedoms they’ve won will be … Continue Reading →