Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

One of the great pleasures that enforced isolation has brought to my life is a renewed focus on chamber music. We can do it at a safe social distance and there are only a few people involved. Sam Anderson, the music director at St. Paul’s KCMO decided that we...
Representative repertoire

Representative repertoire

I find it such a weird time in our culture. MMEA is being celebrated for branching out beyond the standard repertoire, and they rightly should be, but here are the things I don’t understand. For all the people that are somehow just now discovering that there are...

Is all music supposed to be in the academy?

A friend passed along the recent New York Times article from Sept. 6, 2020 by Giovanni Russonello entitled, “Is Jazz Capable of Meeting This Moment?” In the article, they talk to historian Robin D.G. Kelley about teaching jazz in the University. He says,...