Thursday, January 10, 2013

Poetry By Heart. Is it Smart? by Chloe Veltman

Reading about the British Government's poetry recitation initiative for school children, Poetry By Heart, in The Guardian over the past few days brings to mind another recent attem…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Quick Rant About iTunes by Chloe Veltman

I hate iTunes. It's official.Organizing my digital music collection has always been tricky. Many of the recordings I own aren't commercially available so the data often fails to correspond t…

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Monday, January 7, 2013

A Day at the MFA by Chloe Veltman

It's no surprise that Mario Testino's photographs, some of the most iconic of which are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, are  attracting thundering hoards.&nbs…

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Revel-ation by Chloe Veltman

People in this country can't get enough of old world traditions at this time of year.Events like The Bracebridge Dinner, a high-end yuletide feast based on Olde Englishe customs which takes …

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ink Master by Chloe Veltman

One fascinating outlet for the analysis of visual art in today's pop culture landscape is Ink Master.  I caught an episode of the reality television series, which puts professional tatt…

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gender Imbalance by Chloe Veltman

Blue Heron is a high-endy early music-oriented vocal ensemble based in Boston whose members have sung with the likes of Sequentia and Chanticleer and whose work has been written up by Alex R…

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Callithumpian Cage Contemplates Catastrophe by Chloe Veltman

I can't imagine a more wonderful place to experience the "musical theatre" of John Cage than in the new concert space at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which opened less than a ye…

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Monday, December 17, 2012

More singing boys = fewer wars by Chloe Veltman

Last weekend in Davis, CA, I had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron Humble and Adam Reinwald of the Cantus men's chorus based in the Twin Cities.One of the things the singers said which stru…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hyper Local, Hyper Interactive by Chloe Veltman

Of all the arts, the cinema has traditionally been the most passive from the audience's perspective. We stare at the screen, and any reactions we have (burying our faces in pillows, crying, …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

VoiceBox on HuffPo: Tower of Song by Tamsin Smith by Chloe Veltman

Slipstream Strategy founder Tamsin Smith who blogs for The Huffington Post just wrote a great piece about singing -- and specifically about VoiceBox -- for the HuffPo. The lin…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Spontaneity by Chloe Veltman

I've been thinking about how much audiences seem to value the element of spontaneity in their musical experiences -- and how much this element is lacking from some types of music, notably we…

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The Unsung Side Of El Sistema by Chloe Veltman

When most people think of El Sistema, the amazing Venezuelan-born music education program that's transforming the way in which many countries are approaching the musical development of child…

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Fluid and Porous by Chloe Veltman

Cultural industry workers who happened to attend Clas/sick Hip Hop at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this weekend, would very likely have been impressed and probably envious o…

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Conference on El Sistema in Berkeley by Chloe Veltman

Cal Performances is hosting a two-day conference about music education centering on El Sistema, the lauded Venezuelan approach. The conference is part of a bunch of offerings organized aroun…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paloma & Co. by Chloe Veltman

Sasha Frere-Jones' recent article in The New Yorker about the British songstress Paloma Faith’s entrée into the United States market got me thinking about the fortunes of British female s…

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Spielberg the Storyteller? by Chloe Veltman

I feel sort of embarrassed to say this as the thing has gotten such euphoric reviews, but Steven Spielberg's new movie about Abraham Lincoln kinda left me cold. I exited the theatre over the…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Theatre Dictionary by Chloe Veltman

The Theatre Development Fund has launched a whimsical online resource called Theatre Dictionary.The tool is being billed as "a video guide to 'theatre lingo' by TDF and theatre companies fro…

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Opera Design As Mothballed Artifact by Chloe Veltman

The current production of Tosca at the San Francisco Opera is wonderful to hear. The orchestra plays lavishly and the excellent double cast (which featured Patricia Racette in the title…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

We Are Now Entering The Theatre Time Zone (Bring Earplugs And A Blanket) by Chloe Veltman

Why does time so often play tricks on us when we go to the theatre? Why do plays rarely feel the length that they actually are -- even ones that claim a unity of time, place and action?I ask…

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Martin Sexton's Incomparable Thing by Chloe Veltman

From the moment a friend in Washington DC introduced me to Martin Sexton this summer (when I was over there doing a fellowship at the Library of Congress) I have been hooked on the singer-so…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

11-year-old Jasmin Tejeda reviews The Lion King by Chloe Veltman

Today's blogpost is brought to you by 11-year-old San Francisco school student Jasmin Tejeda (pictured left). Jasmin joined me for The Lion King during its latest run in San Francisco.&…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hack Day by Chloe Veltman

I snapped the poster pictured on the left this morning when I was in a stall in the ladies bathrooms at the Stanford gymnasium. It was hanging on the inside of the stall door and I suspect e…

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Perfect Pitch Perfect by Chloe Veltman

I am hard-pressed to find a more wonderful anecdote to these discombobulating times of mudslinging politics, economic crises and really awful weather, than Pitch Perfect. I saw the film yest…

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Greeks by Chloe Veltman

My head was full of thoughts about Costas Vaxevanis, the journalist who was arrested and put on trial by the Greek authorities a few days ago for publishing a list of wealthy Swiss bank acco…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Voice by Chloe Veltman

I've lately -- and embarrassingly belatedly -- become hooked on The Voice, NBC's singing show which asks celebrity judges from the music world like Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green to pic…

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, Saturday, Sunday by Chloe Veltman

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series and a rogue group of fans left the city in a state of disrepair. Crazy times. Mitt Romney's threats notwithstanding, at least we will always hav…

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Friday, October 26, 2012

On Unhelpful Curatorial Statements by Chloe Veltman

I quite often find myself wishing that curatorial statements could be excised from the walls of art museums. Or that they could be less pretentious.This feeling struck me palpably last week …

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Designing Moby-Dick by Chloe Veltman

When Orson Welles adapted Herman Melville's Moby Dick for the stage in 1955, Kenneth Tynan famously wrote: "It is absurd to expect Orson Welles to attempt anything less than the impossible. …

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tim Eriksen's Fall Color by Chloe Veltman

I was lured to the East coast this week with the promise of fall color and experienced not only incredibly vibrant scenery out of doors but also colorful art happenings inside, including one…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Et Tu, Sondheim by Chloe Veltman

If you want to make bank as a musical theatre creator, come up with a production that will have recycle value.And if you can write something that will come into vogue, say, ooh, I dunno, eve…

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Girl Crush by Chloe Veltman

When Bellini wrote The Capulets and the Montagues in 1830, trouser roles  were on their way out. Romeo was the last major role of this kind in Italian opera.To see Joyce DiDonato p…

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