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Broad Street Review

2018
24 Jan Driving off a Bridge
7 Mar Adieu, Adieu
7 May Musicopia, Mark Laycock (concert preview in What’s New, What’s Next)
10 Jul Living Dangerously
20 Aug All the Elk in Benezette
23 Oct Let me entertain you

2017
8 May How Do You Compose?
1 Aug Hitting a Brick Wall
1 Oct The Oak Tree and the Bird
28 Nov Lift Every Voice
19 Dec A Christmas Tree on Broad Street

2016
20 Dec Three Things I Learned from Handel’s Messiah
29 Nov Beethoven for Breakfast in Phoenix
26 Oct Standing for the National Anthem
27 Sep Three More Things I Learn from Bach
23 Aug Three Things I Learned from Gregg Smith
27 Jul All the Hits of the ’60s
26 Jun Three Things I Learned from Being on the Radio
15 May Diners and Concerts: You Just Never Know
19 Apr Driving on Broad Street
26 Jan I Love the Snow

2015
22 Dec De profundis
17 Nov Patriotism and Music
27 Oct Melody and Myth
15 Sep Oktoberfest
30 Aug Telling Jokes and Composing
21 Jul Three Things I Learned from Yes
23 Jun My Dinner with Beethoven
26 May Memorial Day
3 Apr Riverside
3 Mar Seagulls In This Blue Room
10 Feb Music and Killing
20 Jan How to Have a Composing Career in 10 Easy Steps

2014
16 Dec Merry Christmas to All
8 Nov Ten ways to lose an argument
28 Oct Moved to tears
1 Sep Star Trek and the Dream of Composing
20 Jul Premiere of Gold and Silver in Helena
15 Jul Are You Famous?
20 June Three Things I Learned from Maynard Ferguson
20 May Three Things I Learned from Verdi
6 May Three Things I Learned from David Bowie
1 Apr How to Finish a Work
4 Mar Behind the Scenes at All-City
19 Feb Provocation
10 Feb Three Things I Learned from the Beatles
21 Jan How Do I Love Thee?
2 Jan Composer Intent

2013
14 Dec The First Three Things I Learn from Bach
19 Nov Stopping in Mid-Air
9 Nov The Symphony Performance
29 Oct Happy Reformation Day!
14 Oct O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
9 Sep Making a Piano Reduction
20 Aug Can Christianity Survive the Broad Street Review?
21 Jul Crossing Myself
15 Jun A Horse with No Name
27 May Komm und singt mit uns
30 Apr What’s Better, Sackbut or Trombone?
26 Mar Palm Sunday Drums
16 Mar Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer
19 Feb The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 4
12 Feb The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 3
5 Feb The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 2
21 Jan The Composing of Red-tail and Hummingbird, Part 1

2012
12 Dec Let’s Hang On
20 Nov Propinquity
22 Oct How I’m voting?
12 Sep Paul Simon Knows What I’m Talking About
26 Jul Music Doesn’t Evolve
26 Jun Whale-Watching
22 May Bridges and Early Music
24 Apr Bach, St. John Passion, Anti-Semitism
10 Apr Slapstick
20 Mar Ooh, Child (originally 12 Sep 2010)
3 Mar Backbeat

2011
31 Dec Etta James, At Last
6 Dec Samuel Hsu
25 Sep What a Wonderful World
13 Sep The Penalty Kick
14 Aug Shakespeare in the Park
26 Apr Gretchaninoff in New Jersey
8 Feb How I Got Milton Babbitt

2010
12 Dec Are Symphonies Dying?

WRTI Arts Desk

28 Aug 2016 Rudy Van Gelder: The Engineer and the Human Spirit
29 Feb 2016 When Prokofiev and Stalin Died the Same Day
22 Feb 2016 99 Years Ago, What Monumental Event Happened in Jazz?
8 Feb 2016 The 2016 Classical GRAMMY Awards, Part 2
1 Feb 2016 Who Are the 2016 Classical GRAMMY Award Nominees?
21 Dec 2015 The Greatness of Hansel and Gretel
4 Dec 2015 Frank Sinatra: Jazz His Way
30 Nov 2015 The Legacy of Dave Brubeck
23 Nov 2015 Scott Joplin Made Ragtime His Own
9 Nov 2015 The Simple Gift of Aaron Copland
2 Nov 2015 The Strange Genius of the Adagio for Strings
26 Oct 2015 The Last Theme You’d Expect for This Movie
19 Oct 2015 This Song Changed the Course of Music
5 Oct 2015 John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, and a Song for the Ages
22 Sep 2015 The Prayer of Kol Nidre by Max Bruch
27 Jul 2015 Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
13 Jul 2015 On His Birthday, the Essence of Gerald Finzi
6 Jul 2015 A Quiet Alleluia, Famous for 75 Years
29 Jun 2015 Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD
15 Jun 2015 Der Freischütz
8 Jun 2015 The Rite of Spring
25 May 2015 Miles Davis
18 May 2015 The U.S. Military Bands
14 May 2015 An Interview with Mad Men Composer David Carbonara
11 May 2015 Emanuel Ax
4 May 2015 The Rake’s Progress
27 Apr 2015 Dvořák’s New World Symphony
20 Apr 2015 Philip Glass
16 Apr 2015 Bohuslav Martinu’s Memorial to Lidice

WRTI CD reviews

Matthew Levy: People’s Emergency Center
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: Thrum
Randall Thompson, Alleluia
The Theme to The Deer Hunter
Mozart, Ave verum corpus
Morten Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium
Gerald Finzi, Eclogue for Piano and Strings
Franz Biebl, Ave Maria
Francis Pott in the Heart of Things
David Bennett Thomas, Paths
Dave Brubeck’s Secret
The Treasury of English Church Music
Robert Moran, Trinity Requiem
Carson Cooman, The Welcome News
David Carbonara, Mad Men
Mark Hagerty, Soliloquy
Musik Ekklesia: The Vanishing Nordic Chorale
Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Harvest Home
John Williams: Greatest Hits 1969-1999
Hermann Baumann. Grande Messe de Saint Hubert
Relache. Press Play
Stokowski, Serebrier
The Wanamaker Organ
Jordi Savall
Kronos Quartet
Valentine’s Day: Der Rosenkavalier
J.S. Bach, Monica Huggett, Gonzalo X. Ruiz
John Zorn
Gustavo Dudamel
Chant d’Automne, French Horn music
Charles Ives, Maurice Wright
Lang Lang
Pēteris Vasks
Valentine’s Day: John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, Antonio Vivaldi
Robert Moran
Stile Antico, Music for Compline
Paul Moravec
Cem Duruöz, Contemporary Music for Guitar
American Orchestral Song

New Music Box

Sep 2014 Twelve Things I’ve Learned from Church Music:

Part 1: Start where you are; Write what you know; Write for people you know
Part 2: Make them sound good; Follow the rules; Break the rules
Part 3: Write faster; Hear it, change it; Churches do tons of new music
Part 4: Stick to the text; It’s all about the music; It’s not about the music

Other writings

8 May 2014 Song of the Angels
23 Apr 2014 Easter Vigil