The Importance of Listening

Can one cook an authentic Chinese meal without ever having had a taste of the cuisine? It would be safe to say that the above would prove extremely tricky. As with most other things in life, it is hard to [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | June 13th, 2013
Music and Religion: The Catholic Retaliation

The Counter-Reformation, also known as the Catholic Revival or Catholic Reformation, began with the Council of Trent in 1545 and ended at the close of the Thirty Year’s War in 1648. A direct response to the Protestant Reformation, it sought [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 5th, 2013
Music and Religion: Long Live the Queen!

If you were hoping to read an article on a particular female monarch, I must disappoint you, because the title refers to the pipe organ, famously called the “Queen of Instruments” by the French composer and writer Guillaume de Machaut. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 14th, 2013
The best, not the biggest

When I open the newspaper looking for evening performances these days, all I see are operas. Following the announcement of a strategic partnership between the Oriental Art Centre and the Italian Bellini Theatre, the OAC further announced on 16th January [...] more >>

by Zoey | April 29th, 2013
Music and Religion: Reformation in Germany

The leader of the German Reformation, Martin Luther (1483-1546), never intended to establish a Protestant church movement completely separate from Rome, but his initial struggles with the Catholic Church centered on the notion of God as an angry judge who [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 3rd, 2013
Please keep theatre to the stage and films to the cinema

One of the hottest topics in town was the Shanghai Grand Theatre’s HD film screening of the London National Theatre production of Frankenstein. Tickets sold out immediately. Whispers crossed the city about how brilliant it was. However, this article is [...] more >>

by Zoey | March 26th, 2013
Music 101 – A Foray into Understanding Classical Music

I’ve been a professional classical musician for more decades than I care to disclose. By far the most common comment I’ve heard (other than, “Why, that cello is bigger than you are!) is— “I don’t know anything about classical music. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | March 13th, 2013
Turtle Song

I spend most of my time at Cambridge involved in activities that are almost entirely self-serving. I work towards a degree; I engage in musical projects to practice conducting; I seek work either to earn money or to gain valuable [...] more >>

by William Cole | February 27th, 2013