August 18, 2019

While we are living at a time of tremendous cultural change which includes virtual disappearance of traditional forms of employment for classical musicians, there is an opportunity to find new deeper relevance beyond culturally marginalized vintage form of entertainment it has become.

February 16, 2018

In the last 25 years, globalization and technological advancements have brought tremendous changes to every field of human endeavors. For the arts, the challenge of adapting to these changes is significant, but so is an opportunity to discover new ways of creating meaning in the lives of artists and the communities they serve. 

In the last few years, conservatories, as well as schools of art in colleges and universities, have been experimenting with ways of addressing an increasing uncertainty of the future career paths of their graduates. There is a considerable pressu...

February 1, 2018

"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known." - Oscar Wilde

Being involved with presenting arts organizations, as well as music education in formats ranging from college to outreach, I am constantly reminded by friends and colleagues in the field about the steadily increasing pressure to adopt to the 21st century challenges and values. I think this topic has implications well beyond music education. I am sure Harvard faculty is asking themselves (or at least they should) questions about what possible value can undergraduate student expect to receive from four years o...

June 27, 2017

I have recently come across this TED talk and while I agree with many points made in it, the questions on my mind are more about what implications this seismic shift has for professional arts education. With the destruction of traditional revenue streams such as recording sales and subscriptions, with rise of technology as the biggest competition to the live performing arts, with democratization of means of production in art through technology what incentive is there for someone to pursue performing arts degree? 

If the audience for the performing art will primarily be motivated by ei...

October 3, 2016

Confirmation Bias

I’ve had a very interesting few weeks performing and presenting very different music to very different audiences.

Participating in a 9/11 Memorial concert, performing for a couple of very different chamber music series and presenting an early music ensemble at the opening of another made me realize just how much context matters to people’s ability to engage in meaningful ways with music. I love talking to people, and it is fascinating how a complex Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion presented in a 9/11 Memorial concert can genuinely move people, who would otherwise nev...

August 10, 2014

I am so trilled that a lot of people did enjoy Market Square Concerts' Summermusic 2014 programs! It was really an extraordinary experience for musicians from Taiwan, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Australia and US to make music together. Some of us have never played with each other or spoke any English, which made the cohesion of our ideas confirm to me once again that music is a language for things deeper than thoughts or words. I am also feeling really grateful to Market Square Concerts' board members for making musicians feel welcome in their homes and for many excellent meals shared by all of u...

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