Inspiration

 
Daughterly Muse Marcel and Marguerite Tollet-Dupré

Inspiration can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime. And while some artists find inspiration in nature, psychology, religion or political convictions, there is a source that’s much closer to home; their own children! It goes without saying that all parents want what’s [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 12th, 2019
 
A Trip to the Moon Apollo 11, 20 July 1969

The moon is always there, hanging over the sleepy earth or visible in a blue sky, just to remind us of its presence, even during the day. The 21st century fashion for looking at the Supermoon or whatever this month’s [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 20th, 2019
 
The Pop Classical

In a sense, the thing furthest away from Classical music is pop music. But, in another sense, the two kinds of music are far closer than you think!

by Maureen Buja | July 15th, 2019
 
Cyril Scott’s Oriental Fantasies

Known as the “English Debussy” Cyril Meir Scott (1879-1970) tellingly remarked, “That I should appeal to Eastern taste is curious because I have never been to the East, nor have I heard much Eastern music. I can, therefore, only account [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 26th, 2019
 
The Fun of Variations

One of the most interesting of the small forms is the variation. Typically, a theme is presented so that the audience is on the same footing at the composer. Then, the composer shows off by taking the original theme and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 25th, 2019
 
Music and Nature Seasons: Summer

What kind of summer do you have? The burning summer of the Middle East? The humid summers of the Far East and the American Midwest? The ideal summers of sunny days and picnics, tennis and a hike? Or just the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 21st, 2019
 
“Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum” (Wine of Kings, King of Wines)

I am sure you are all familiar with the gothic tale Dracula. Written by the Irish author Bram Stoker in 1897, the novel tells the story of Count Dracula’s move from Transylvania to England to spread the undead curse, and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 17th, 2019
 
The Writing on the Cards – The Tarot Suite of Victoria Bond

American composer Victoria Bond (b. 1945) took three cards from a tarot deck and wove a work for small ensemble and dancers around it. Commissioned by Kathryne Pirtle and the Orion Ensemble in collaboration with choreographer Daniel Duell, artistic director [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 3rd, 2019