And that, Ladies and Gentlemen is my new byline…
Today, A Note from Teddy
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
The answer of what gets you through a degree varies, of course. An iron will and extraordinary self-discipline, for some. (Graduate school is a bit different, where we got through mostly on vodka sodas and the sweet, sweet tears of our enemies).
The author, having recently run the gauntlet that is a degree…
Yup. I was asked recently why I do this. . So… these thoughts came to mind. Little did they know… I think about this kinda stuff… A LOT…
If we are to make our undergraduates and graduates relevant in the musical world of the 21st century, we must train entrepreneurs, not for the sake of an economic opportunity exclusively, but for the sake of defining an area in which a musician can practice their art by fostering an environment of discovery, exploration, and high artistic achievement.
Huge Congratulations to the assembled forces of the Houston Symphony, Hans Graf, Kristi Johnson, and guest artists, including a certain Übermezzo, on an adventurous, wondrous performance of Berg’s Wozzeck.
The cast is perfect and the orchestra, one of the finest in the country, made the performance of this incredible score seem almost effortless in its execution. Wow, should not have chosen the word execution there, but you get my meaning.
If you didn’t go on Friday, get your ticket for Saturday!
… to eighth blackbird on the Grammy for meanwhile!
As always, this ensemble performs with total dedication, startling virtuosity, and a vocabulary of stage presentation that makes the case, completely and finally, for the power of concert art music in live performance.
Congratulations Mr. President. The musicians of the United States; performers, teachers, mentors, movers, and shakers, look forward to a time in which the arts not just return to our national life, but increase its value, its humanity, and its treasures with an ever increasing presence.