Entries from February 2014


An acquired taste

Because I don’t teach voice lessons for a living, I can fantasize about being the kind of teacher who stands out from the crowd by posting dour German affirmations on social media: “Learn to stop struggling with yourself and start struggling with the world! Cast away Neurosis, the more fully to embrace Tragedy!”


"Riding my bicycle to rehearsal"

I’m working up a bigger post about the place of the part-time/semi-pro performer in the world. In the meantime, another quote from a recently deceased celebrity, this from Andrew O’Hehir’s assessment of Philip Seymour Hoffman in Salon:

Hoffman was always reticent with the press, found it difficult to describe how he did his work, and obviously didn’t love doing interviews. Ingeniously enough, someone got him talking about the reasons for that. He had never imagined becoming a movie actor, he explained, and didn’t feel comfortable with the entire publicity machinery around the film business. “I always thought I’d be a New York theater actor, riding my bicycle to rehearsal,” he said. “That was all I ever wanted.” Maybe someone would recognize him once in a while at the grocery store, and tell him, “Oh! I loved you in that Chekhov play!”


Curlew River in the Post's Spring Preview

Anne Midgette’s spring preview of the DC classical music scene includes a nice blurb for Cantate Chamber Singers’ March 23 presentation of Curlew River, where I’m one of the featured soloists.