October 30, 2019

Turning 46 and firmly entering middle age by every possible definition made me realize how lucky I am to have lived 45 years virtually free of significant physical suffering. Also, how many more morning cups of coffee I got to enjoy than arguably much more deserving individuals such as Pushkin, Schubert, Mozart and Van Gogh. Having spent most of my life involved in the arts, I am slowly coming to appreciate the luxury of October foliage on a sunny day more than Pushkin’s poem describing it as “nature’s opulent decay,” and sound of the rain on a quiet afternoon more than its musical representat...

January 2, 2019

Ya-Ting and I have visited Disney World for Christmas this year and had a fantastic time. In addition to exhilarating shows, flavorful food, imaginative rides and whimsical surroundings, I came back with a new appreciation for the level of coordination and complexity required to deliver high quality experience to so many people consistently. 

While being a business selling products and services, Disney has to rise above just those functions to offer a unique and multifaceted experience in order to justify the cost of visiting its parks for people who travel from all over the world. 

As a pro...

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...

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...

November 23, 2016

Every year I write a Thanksgiving post about things I am grateful for. This year it is rather specific, because recently I had a wonderful opportunity to go on a Market Square Concerts’ 35th Anniversary trip to London. It has been 25 years since my last visit for a performance at the BBC Promps, so it was airport-hotel-Albert Hall-hotel-airport kind of visit.  

The richness of cultural offerings fitting to a capital of the formerly largest empire in the world was invigorating and I loved the experience, especially since I was able to share it with my wife!

To me, art in many ways reveals mo...

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