Happy first Monday of 2012! Have some links - these have been piling up, so I actually have quite a few for you.
Alex Ross has a list of great performances from the past year (with some economic ruminations thrown in.)
An interesting reflection on the dangers of the cult of the prodigy.
Is it too late for a Messiah parody? Delightfully done!
Do you ever talk with vocal fry? After listening to the very helpful example, I know I occasionally do!
In truly terrible news, Opera Boston is closing. Extremely sad.
In happier news, Hildegard von Bingen is going to be canonized! About time, right?
This is about teaching, not music specifically, but what musician never ends up teaching? This teacher has put a lot of thought into preventing gender bullying in her classroom - well worth a read.
Also about gender, Amelia's post about the movie Missrepresentation is worth a read. So true that "you can't be what you can't see."
Finally, this reflection on why we make music by local Paul Cienniwa is really lovely (and I am usually a grouch about that sort of article, so you know it must be good!)