Fortune tellers are a problematic lot, almost always wrong and frequently thieves to boot (as Georges de La Tour showed in his 1630 “The Fortune Teller” now in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). But undeterred, Mike Linton here prognosticates on the future of Classical Music, talking about music calculated and maded-up, a Russian billionaire and his awesome (literally) New York apartment, naked opera, Twin Peaks’ “log lady,” fountains in the Arabian desert, labor disputes and ear buds and what all this means for music. It’s quite a ride.
Composer Michael Linton teaches music theory (and some occasional history) to freshman and sophomore students at Middle Tennessee State University. Before coming to MTSU Linton taught in Connecticut and Minnesota and received training at Wheaton College (Illinois), the University of Cincinnati, Yale, and New York University, having studied with composers Krzysztof Penderecki, Lukas Foss, John Gilbert, T. Scott Huston and Bruce MacCombie. Linton, whose writings have appeared in the journal First Things, The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal, has twice held fellowships with the NEH. He is one of the founding members of Refinersfire, LLC and much of his music as well as his writings and lectures can be found on the company’s site. A native of California, Linton lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with his wife Janet and their three daughters and miscellaneous stray animals.