What does American power sound like? And how does it make itself “sound good”? The answer is in Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
The last few days have been soul-destroying for anyone who believes in the need for mutual tolerance and understanding. Brazil elected a new far-right president with a long history of hateful views against women, homosexuals, minorities, and immigrants. Germany witnessed another surge in Far Right support in a state election. A synagogue in Pittsburgh was … Continue reading Can Music Fight the Rising Hatred?
With 2018 marking 100 years since the birth of composer-conductor-educator Leonard Bernstein, musicians everywhere are busy offering joyous celebrations of his life and music. At the same time, though, the United States is experiencing perhaps the darkest moment yet along the bleak road that leads to a politically divided nation. Left bereft by the profound … Continue reading Bernstein, Broken