MARCH 16, 2013 1:27PM

On Playing the Piano

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Cat biting piano keys
As a classical pianist and composer who also has to earn some money and run a household, I don't always get to practice the piano as much as I would like. But this has been a big practicing week for… Read full post »
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APRIL 25, 2011 3:04PM

My First Musical Crush, Revisited

In response to Tracy Clark-Flores invitation, "Share your childhood crush." Crossposted at

I like to start each day by playing a ridiculously cheerful song to combat my usual morning sluggishness. For a long time, I used Barry Manilow's "Daybreak." Then one day, I had a han… Read full post »
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JANUARY 19, 2011 3:58PM

“I Love to Keep Moving:” An Interview With Laurie Anderson

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Laurie Anderson: Homeland

When I found out that Laurie Anderson, multimedia artist and avant-pop icon, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category, I was intrigued. I know, I’m supposed to be covering the Classical Field (a… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2011 12:06PM


JP Concerts presents: Lisztomania Times Two
Thursday, January 13, 7:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church
1 Roanoke Avenue, Boston (map link)
$10 at the door

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Any classical music nerd worth his or her salt can tell you that the composer Franz Liszt is best-… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2011 11:16AM

Classical Music Marketing Madness!

Earlier this week, a friend and fellow music nerd, who keep tabs on the classical scene in St. Louis and environs, hipped me to an offer from his home team, the St. Louis Symphony, along with this comment:

"Why can we sell Mahler tickets at a fraction of retail… Read full post »
JP Concerts presents: Sing Messiah!
Saturday, December 11, 8 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church
1 Roanoke Avenue, Boston (map link)
$10 Donation includes score rental

Happy Holidays, Music Nerds!

'Tis the season for performances of Handel's Messiah, both the all-pro and sing-along variety. And Boston,… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 7, 2010 12:21PM

Tap into the Zeitgeist, Tonight in St. Paul!

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Zeitgeist New Music presents
Night Singing: Music by Andrew Rindfleisch
October 7, 8, 9, 7:30 p.m.
Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul MN

 A week ago, I was wishing for a couch, but this week I'm upping the ante: what I reallyRead full post »

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• Boston Symphony Orchesra featuring Bryn Terfel: Music of Richard Wagner, Saturday, October 1, 2010
• Cantata Singers Chamber Series: Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sunday, October 2, 2010

I didn't expect to find much of a common thread betwe… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 1, 2010 12:15PM

Boston Symphony Season Opener: Preview with Lolcats!

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Boston Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:00 pm
Music of Richard Wagner, featuring Bryn Terfel, baritone
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Tomorrow night, McDoc and I will get gussied up for a fancy shindig: the BSO season op… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 11:48AM

Opera Shorts in New York!

Well, music nerds, I know that experiments in human cloning are sort of frowned upon in most sectors, but dang it, I need more than one of me!
I'm slated to attend two concerts here in Boston this weekend: the BSO season opener Saturday, and Cantata Singers' program of songsRead full post »

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Cantata Singers Chamber Series
Vocal Solo and Ensemble Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams
Sunday, October 3rd, 2:30pm
Longy School of Music 1 Follen Street, Cambridge, MA
Admission: $20 at the door, or click here to purchase

 Earlier this yRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 11:27AM

Strange Beautiful Music in Detroit

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New Music Detroit
Strange Beautiful Music IV
Saturday, September 25 at 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI


It's not every day that Detroit figures prominently in Arts and Entertainment media, but a random con… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 10:16AM

A Dream Come True in Boston!

Saturday, Sept. 25, 7:30 pm
JP Concerts Presents:
The 30 Days Project
Music by Linda Kernohan, performed by the Inter-NEC Collective
St. John’s Episcopal Church
1 Roanoke Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA (
Google map link)
$10 suggested donation • more info: 
In August of 2007, I w… Read full post »

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Fall really is upon us, Music Nerds! One minute I was enjoying my Labor Day vacay, and next thing I knew, the concert season was in full swing! For me, it started last night with the [plain] song, in a program being repeated Saturday and Sunday… Read full post »
As I sat down to hear members of the {plain] song perform the Spanish Songbook by Hugo Wolf, it occurred to me that someone not already thoroughly steeped in the classical music world might well ask, "Why should I bother going  to hear a bunch of songs in a language I… Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 1:19AM

The Art of Song in Boston

the [plain] song is a group of ambitious young musicians whose mission is to share their passion for art song. From their website: "For centuries this intimate genre has synthesized the works of the greatest musical and literary minds in history. the [plain] song believes that the… Read full post »

Geetings and Happy Autumn, Music Nerds! It's been an exciting summer here at Music Nerd Central! Before I get into the details, I have a few important news items to share. First off, if you live in the Boston area and you… Read full post »
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AUGUST 26, 2010 11:13PM

I Want My Country Back

In which I get my rant on, which is slightly out of character for me, but that's what I get for following the news.
I was raised by Eisenhower Republicans. My parents taught me personal responsibility and the value of hard work. They taught me to treat others with kindness… Read full post »
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AUGUST 19, 2010 7:22PM

Of Guinea Pigs and Tuna Melts: My Mostly Vegetarian Journey

I became a vegetarian when I was fifteen. It was health-related at first; I had begun to notice an unpleasant, heavy feeling in my stomach after eating meat, and when I didn't eat it, I felt better. But while researching vegetarian nutrition in order prove to my worried mother that IRead full post »

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DECEMBER 17, 2009 10:30AM

This Ain’t Your Mama’s Musical Advent Calendar!

Two Decembers ago, I came across a wonderful online Advent Calendar, featuring a different piece of advent music for each day performed by the wonderful musicians of Trinity Church in New York City. I'm sad to report that the music links on that calendar don't appear to be working anymore, and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2009 8:37AM

Music for Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah, music nerds! Are you ready for some Hanukkah music? Join me on a journey from the ancient to modern, classical to klezmer!

 Time to light the Menorah:

 The Jewish National and University Library has a great collection of Hanukkah music from a variety of traditions, i… Read full post »