From January, 2016

artsATL Preview: Kennesaw’s Robert Henry featured in Spivey Hall concert that celebrates Suzuki

January 14, 2016 By STEPHANIE ADRIAN Is musical talent inherent or can it be developed? Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) believed the latter. Suzuki’s philosophy was rooted in the principle that the development of any child — Japanese, British or aboriginal — depends upon his cultural environment. Using the example of language acquisition, Suzuki pointed out that a child will learn to speak his mother tongue from an early age through listening, repetition and encouragement. After World War II, Suzuki opened a small music school in Matsumoto in order to provide the Japanese children with something nurturing amidst a nation decimated…

In the January Issue of Opera News…

La Bohème ATLANTA Atlanta Opera 10/11/15 LA BOHÈME  is an opera about little things. Neither the subject matter nor the characters have any involvement with kings, queens, or political intrigue. The bohemians—poet, painter, philosopher and musician—are concerned with their artistry and their daily bread.  The leading lady sings about the embroidery of flowers and rose-colored bonnets. Atlanta Opera presented Puccini’s masterpiece at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with just the little things in mind (seen Oct. 11). The attention to visual, aural and dramatic detail in the stage direction of AO general and artistic director Tomer Zvulun brought vitality to…

The Sensibility of Children

   FOLLY When my oldest child was born fifteen years ago I was in the middle of a doctoral program in music.  I spent all of my time practicing opera arias and taking music history classes in which we debated whether the Classical Music Period began in 1723 or 1750, as if man’s existence hinged upon this distinction. Ben was born and his education began – from that mindset.  As soon as he could speak my husband and I began teaching him “facts.”  Who was the first president of the United States?  How many inches are there in a foot? …