Keepin' It Real

The power (of the internets) has been restored here at Big City headquarters, and it’s time to squeeze out as much of this immense backlog as I can until Time Warner Cable screws up something else — though I would like to point out that the while their call-centers and customer service offices are atrocious, the gentlemen who have been by to actually effect repairs have been smart and capable. Here’s some timely links and thoughts:

  • February 6, my friends at will be broadcasting the world premiere production of Philip Glass’s The Perfect American, streaming to your desktop/latop/mobile device. This is a live performance from Madrid, meaning 2pm start time EST in the US. If you miss the live broadcast, the archives will be available for free for 90 days, an ideal way to check out the audio-visual riches that has.

    Carnegie Hall has announced their 2013-14 season, and it’s particularly exciting: a series on Benjamin Britten whose centennial is already getting lost in the shuffle of this year’s bicentennial’s Wagner and Verdi (he’s just as great as they), a complete Sibelius cycle from Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, Gergiev’s sixtieth birthday celebration and a great lineup of concerts organized by composer-in-residence David Lang, with So Percussion, American Composers Orchestra, ICE, Signal, Newband and many other excellent musicians.

    The Brooklyn Philharmonic has announced a change to their schedule, the Bed-Stuy concert will be held at BAM on June 8 and feature Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey, which is great, but what’s highly disappointing are the cancellations of the Bright Beach and Downtown Brooklyn programs, ones I had anticipated. Something it seems to do with the continued fallout of the surprising and strange saga of Richard Dare …


Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.