Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday link

This "Letter to Emily" about the importance of paying musicians fairly for their recordings is well worth reading. A sample:

Many in your generation are willing to pay a little extra to buy “fair trade” coffee that insures the workers that harvested the coffee were paid fairly.  Many in your generation will pay a little more to buy clothing and shoes from manufacturers that  certify they don’t use  sweatshops.  Many in your generation pressured Apple to examine working conditions at Foxconn in China.  Your generation is largely responsible for the recent cultural changes that has given more equality to same sex couples.  On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation.   Except for one thing.  Artist rights.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekend Concert Calendar, 6/21/12

Sorry folks, no Weekend Concert Calendar this weekend either. Moving really intensely narrows your priorities and focus!

However, I'm about to head to this concert, and if you happen to check your blog aggregator in the next half hour, maybe you will too!

Central Conservatory of Music Chorus from Beijing, 8 pm, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge - and it's FREE!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday link

I just LOVE this Tumblr: So You're A Church Musician.

I don't agree with all the opinions expressed therein (for example, I'm all about new music!) but I do find all of it very funny! That opinion may be connected to the fact that it's not safe for work. :)

Also, honestly, if you are not a church musician, I can't vouch for whether you would find this remotely amusing. But if you have a church job, do check it out!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Weekend Concert Calendar, 6/8/12

You may have noticed that even by my low blogging standards, I'm not blogging much. That's because I'm in the process of moving house. I moved out of my old place a week ago; I'll be moving into my new place in a week; and I'm staying with very generous friends in the meantime. I'm also finishing up the church year; finishing up the school year for the elementary school I teach at; and starting my summer lecture series at Lasell Village. This year's topics: The Ten Greatest Choral Works (like last year) and The Works of Gilbert and Sullivan (new!) So things are rather topsy-turvy, but I am hopeful that by the end of June I will be unpacked and have all my ducks lined up.

In the meantime, let's see what we have going on!


  • Coro-Dante, Opera choruses from Idomeneo, Il Trovatore, Il Nuovo Mosè and Don Pasquale, 5:30 pm, Dante Alighieri Society, Cambridge
  • Koleinu, "10th Anniversary Concert: Sound the Great Shofar and other Jewish choral favorites," 7:30 pm, Brookline
  • Chorale Française de Boston, Choral works of Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, and other composers, 7:30 pm, Cambridge

And on Tuesday, the Masterworks Chorale's Summer Sings begin!

Did I miss anything? Leave it in the comments!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Sing in the summer!

My annual Summer Sings post will be coming soon, but in the meantime, if you are looking for summer singing opportunities, consider joining the Harvard Summer Chorus! Here's some more information.

You are invited to participate in Harvard's Summer Chorus, an annual tradition now in its sixth decade. This year, we will perform includes Dvorak's Stabat Mater, opus 58. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7p-9:45p from June 26-August 2 (6 weeks) at Sanders Theatre/Memorial Hall in Cambridge. The concert on Friday August 3 features a professional orchestra and soloists. The choir consists of community members from Boston-area choruses, graduate students and undergraduates, and visiting high school students studying at Harvard's Summer School Program. 

and find us on Facebook.

If you're interested in participating, please contact our manager through the link above!