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Christmas fills the world

Christmas Fills the World ~ New Carol

For nearly the past thirty years our family has had a custom of gathering together on Christmas Eve and singing a new carol.  Sometimes the carols were new tunes to existing texts (as with the carol “Sanders”, a setting of John Donne’s poem “Nativity”) but sometimes Joseph Bottum provided me with a new poem as well […]

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Krzysztof Penderecki

Today, November 23, is Krzysztof Penderecki’s 82nd birthday.  While can be argued that he is our greatest living composer (only Boulez might challenge him in that position) there’s no doubt that he is our most influential; even if you’ve never heard any of his music if you’ve seen a horror movie from the last thirty years the terrifying, […]

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Cody Franchetti & Michael Linton

Seven Franchetti Songs

The Seven Franchetti Songs are very much a child of the web.  For several years I volunteered for Catherine Austin Fitts as a producer for her Solari Report, a subscriber based weekly podcast of financial news and the politics that impact financial markets.  Each report featured a guest who Catherine interviewed, the guests ranging from […]

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Opera News Review ~ Carmina Catulli

From OperaNews.com review of Carmina Catulli, “British baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer, a highly intelligent and versatile artist, sings with apparent full comprehension of the Latin texts, and pulls out a broad array of vocal colorings to illuminate the vivid moods of these unusual songs…Pianist Jason Paul Peterson is a full-fledged partner who exhibits thorough mastery of […]

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Christmas Carol 2014

For the last twenty years or so, it’s been the Linton family custom to write a new carol during Advent and sing it together on Christmas Eve.  Sometimes the texts are new (as in the case last year’s carol, “Winter’s Song” with a text by Joseph Bottum) but more frequently they are settings of old, […]

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Joffrey Ballet * The Rite of Spring

Joffrey Ballet & “Le Sacre du printemps”

Certainly no other piece of classical music has been written about as much as has Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” But since its premiere in May, 1913, Nijinsky’s choreography was almost immediately forgotten (or suppressed). But in 1987 the Joffrey Ballet presented a marvelous reconstruction, and their performance was broadcast on PBS. The tape of that original reconstruction has […]

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