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In My Backyard With Joyce DiDonato and Matthew Polenzani

Glen Roven | Posted 02.12.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

Despite finding unexpected glories in all of the Hermit Songs, Polenzani brought a particular ardor and insight to the final piece in the cycle, "The Desire For Hermitage -- the brilliant climax to an unforgettable evening. Bravo, tenore!

The Case for Barber and Britten

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

For the past six years I have directed a festival of 20/21st century music at the University of Arizona. Any festival worthy of the name has a vision or reason for being.

When A Composer Loves Another Composer

Daron Hagen | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Daron Hagen

Marc Blitzstein's musical DNA -- strict adherence to economy of means, a passion for combining words and music, the belief that music can promote social justice, an abhorrence of pretension -- are woven inextricably into the music I compose.

Understanding Tragic Loss

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Albert Imperato

By an eerie coincidence, the two works of art that I experienced before the tragic shootings in Arizona were Gustav Mahler and the movie Rabbit Hole.