Category Archives: club classical

Classicism vs. Classism

I took part in a place-making workshop last week in Detroit. Despite the usual negative reports, my hometown is actually receiving huge private investments from billionaires, local corporations and major foundations, revitalizing central areas from Midtown down to the river. In these workshops (my second), … Continue reading

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Beyond Dumbing Down

This post is the speech I delivered at SphinxCon last week. (Video) Yes, it’s long at 15-minutes… but I’ll bring in some of the more interesting pictures from the slideshow. I’m leaving many words capitalized to show what I emphasized. … Continue reading

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Getting Real with Classical Music, Part 2

So I left off here writing about the need for our major institutions to go beyond dumbing down to reach the casual community. In support of that statement, I was at a dinner with a young black artist last month who has … Continue reading

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What Did You Learn Playing Classical in Bars, Rick?

I was recently asked in a meeting what I had been learning by sight-reading (unrehearsed) and performing (rehearsed) classical in bars, clubs and restaurants. Where do I start? I learned that doing such will NOT convert listeners into single-ticket buyers, … Continue reading

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