All kinds of reasons to love Amy Beach's "Gaelic" Symphony!

All kinds of reasons to love Amy Beach's "Gaelic" Symphony!

Paired with a work by Stanford in Irish-themed evening An edited and shortened version of this article appeared in the Boston Musical Intelligencer. The Boston Globe had an exciting piece last week in anticipation of the performance of Beach’s “Gaelic” by the Mercury Orchestra on August 7.  The Mercury Orchestra‘s performance of Beach’s monumental work emphasizes that the grass-roots momentum of recognizing Beach’s achievement continues to build.  In anticipation of the concert I had a few more pertinent thoughts to share. A local-history sidebar pertaining to the venue, the Hatch Shell: The Aug. 7 performance takes place 20 years after the…

Sexualizing Spaces

This is old news now, but still worth mentioning. Robert Everett-Green from the Globe and Mail recently shared a very vivid article on the new concert hall at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.  Though I’m sure patrons of the arts can all be appreciative of a redesigned space, particularly one that makes such significant changes to the performance experience, I question the language that is used to describe the hall. The headline from the Globe and Mail screams: “Koerner Hall shows more curves than a pin-up magazine” (The article is also available here.) Taken into context, the headline reads like…