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Of the six friends of the couple playing at this wedding, only two make their living as instrumentalists. (Photo: Jon Reis.)

Do-It-Yourself Music: In Praise of Amateurs

On the radio I play you recordings by professional musicians, I promote professional concerts and I cheer on the pros who add so much to our cultural life. But here’s a confession: I have a weak spot for amateurs, too....

by Sarah Zaslaw | October 22, 2012
GPB Radio control room in the thick of a drive.  Left to right: Pat Marcus, Eric Nauert, Sarah Zaslaw.

Behind the scenes at a GPB Radio fund drive

October! GPB’s fall on-air fundraising campaign! Pledge drive! Busy! No time to blog in complete sentences, let alone well-sculpted paragraphs! Rest of life on pause! Contrast, if you will: Five minutes in the studio...

by Sarah Zaslaw | October 9, 2012
CSU Chamber Choir (photo from Schwob School of Music)

The secret source of FREE concerts near you: Colleges across Georgia

Sometimes we overlook what’s right under our noses. Do you have any idea how much music-making goes on on Georgia’s campuses? Fall through spring, colleges and universities across the state open hundreds of concerts to...

by Sarah Zaslaw | October 8, 2012
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