- Tyler Green floats the idea that art-folks should put their heads together and try to get the presidential candidates to commit to some stands on arts-related issues, like public funding for the arts. How about creating a Department of Culture? Where did I put that Ionarts Proposal? [Modern Art Notes]
- Blogs keep multiplying, even from musicologists, and Tim Rutherford-Johnson has some links to the new kids on the block. [The Rambler]
- Tim Nelson has reprinted an article by Steve Wigler (published in The Urbanite) about the state of American orchestras, using Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony as an example. [Yugen]
- Some inspiring words from James Baldwin. [Laila Lalami]
- Tim Rutherford-Johnson also points out, mirabile dictu, the advent of a marvelous resource, the Concert Programmes Project Online Database, consisting of records from "5,500 collections of music-related performance ephemera held by 53 institutions" around Great Britain. [The Rambler]
- As much as I hate getting scooped, you are advised to read the beautiful review by Andrew Lindemann Malone of Japanese pianist Aki Takahashi at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Couldn't they let the poor woman play in a place suitable for listening rather than out in the corridor? [Washington Post]
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