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From left to right: Victor Marquez-Barrios, Alex Smith, Kelsey Tamayo; with the Michigandered Marimba.

Music Made-In-Michigan: Three Perspectives

Making a Sustainable Instrument by Alex Smith: In my experience as a percussionist, musical ensembles own large inventories of percussion instruments yet they rarely know much about their origins, specifically in relation to the natural resources and production processes necessary for their construction.  Additionally, the production processes of our globalized political economy often involve the […]

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Alias Wins.. Again.

This group always makes me happy. Tuesday night was another 2-hour installment in Alias’s 2013–14 season, and these things never disappoint. The concert opened with a work unbeknownst to me, Twisted Dances by Piotr Szewczyk (that’s a lot of consonants), a four-movement play on traditional dances: Polka, Waltz, Jig, Tarantella. Each was treated in a […]

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Album Review: Rachel Barton Pine plays Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven

I’ll leave it to you to look up the violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s story (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/arts/music/years-after-a-calamity-rachel-barton-pine-prospers.html?_r=0 is a good start), but her work speaks for itself without the narrative, especially on her new CD with the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra under Christoph-Mathias Mueller.  The album features Mendelssohn and Schumann’s Violin Concertos and Beethoven’s 2 Romances for Violin […]

Concert Reviews

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Alias Wins.. Again.

This group always makes me happy. Tuesday night was another 2-hour installment in Alias’s 2013–14 season, and these things never disappoint. The concert opened with a work unbeknownst to me, Twisted Dances by Piotr Szewczyk (that’s a lot of consonants), a four-movement play on traditional dances: Polka, Waltz, Jig, Tarantella. Each was treated in a […]

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Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

The way we talk about any subject is vital to its reception. Scientists these days are practicing their ‘bar pitch’: a 3-minute explanation (in layman’s terms) of their research topic. It’s tough for anyone (scientists, businessmen, or anyone highly specialized in their field) to adequately explain a dense topic in a short amount of time–especially […]

Entrepreneurship In Music

It is no secret that traditional careers in classical music are hard to come by. Each year, thousands of music school and conservatory graduates leave their institutions to enter an over-saturated workforce. Thankfully, many schools are telling their students that if they are to succeed they will have to create their own opportunities. In the […]

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Why I love the Minnesota Orchestra Lockout.

This sucks.  Let’s just be honest. But it’s not all doom and gloom around here.  There are things that are actually really wonderful about what’s happening, even though it’s a tough pill to swallow. To catch us all up in case there are some gaps to fill, here’s a very brief rundown of the situation: The […]

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