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Beware of Wolves In Expert Clothing!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

By Robyn Guilliams, Esq.    Dear Law & Disorder, I am a member of a band in Canada, and we do quite a few performances in the U.S. each year.  Our accountant has always told us that we don’t need to file income tax returns in the U.S., because the band is incorporated, and also […]

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Ueno Opera to Premiere in Boston

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I recently spoke with my friend Ken Ueno, a composer on the faculty at UC Berkeley, about the upcoming premiere of his opera Gallo. It will be presented by Guerrilla Opera in May in Boston. Below are excerpts from our chat.   CC: How did you come to decide to compose an opera?    KU: Theater has […]

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An Extraordinary Musical Pilgrimage

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. House concerts are a wonderful way to discover new talent. My friend Michael Reingold, who is the founder and Artistic Director of New York House Concerts, recently invited me to hear a young American cellist by the name of Dane Johansen in a concert consisting […]

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Some FAQs About Artist Management

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. One of the seminars I have led most often in recent years is entitled “A Backstage View of Artist Management”.  Here are some of the questions I am most frequently asked: How will I know when I am ready for management? The hardest thing about […]

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Valery the Variable

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

By Sedgwick Clark “He’s so variable.” That’s the first thing critics say about Valery Gergiev. He conducted his Mariinsky Orchestra three times at Carnegie Hall in an eight-day period early this month, interrupted by four Met performances (two on Saturday) and runouts to Newark and Washington, D.C. Even when he was busy at the Met, […]

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A Master Concertmaster

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

By: Edna Landau Dear Edna: I am a violinist with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from a major American conservatory. I have won top prizes in some competitions and have always expected that I would be able to attract management and enjoy a solo career. As of late, I have begun to have my doubts […]

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Le Sacre du printemps at 100

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark At the very moment I post this blog, 100 years ago in Paris there was a riot going on in the newly opened Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Even those who have never heard Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps know about the uproar that ensued moments into its first performance. I’ve probably heard this work in concert […]

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Catching up on the opera scene…

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By Rebecca Schmid The Deutsche Oper’s Tischlerei, a new wing for alternative music theater, hosted the results of Neue Szenen—a competition for composition launched by the Hans Eisler Conservatory—on April 8. Three young composers, Evan Gardner, Stefan Johannes Hanke and Leah Muir, emerged from a pool of 52 applicants with their musical settings of a […]

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Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

By Rebecca Schmid Experimental Regie, free from the scrutiny of finicky patrons on the German opera scene, can in the best case scenario serve to illuminate hidden meanings of a score. In the worst case, it can drown out or obscure musical considerations. The Staatsoper Berlin’s Werkstatt (‘workshop’), a wing of the company’s temporary residence […]

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The Artist-Manager Relationship

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. When I opened the Arts section of The New York Times three weeks ago, I saw an interesting article about a singer who was new to me, the South African soprano Pretty Yende. The first name certainly called attention to itself, as did the large […]

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