“Dark Times”

Raritan Bay, South Amboy, New Jersey.
Raritan Bay, South Amboy, New Jersey.

Dark times: I’ve seen them aplenty and they no longer daunt me (for long). We will get through this dark time stronger, more alert, and more passionate than ever about how the arts matter to society. Move towards what you love: it will sustain you.

This week I am …

This week I am pinch hitting for my colleague Andrew Megill, guest teaching a choral literature class about English Baroque music. I think it is important to include “Your Hay it is Mow’n” (from Purcell’s “King Arthur”) in my lecture, because choral conductors need to know that after all the work they do with their choirs on tone, tuning, and balance, sometimes the composer wants the chorus to sound drunk as skunks.