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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....

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...

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...

October 8, 2012
The Macon-based Cortona Trio

What's intimate, passionate and exciting to watch? Chamber music! (Of course.)

Do you like your music up close and personal? Let's look at what's so great about live chamber music in general, and then let’s talk Georgia chamber music in particular. There’s a lot going on. Radio may be an intimate...

September 29, 2012

The Atlanta Symphony has a new contract

The music will go on. Yesterday the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra administration and the musicians’ union announced a new collective bargaining agreement. This means the 2012–13 concert season will open as scheduled on...

September 27, 2012

The Atlanta Symphony standoff comes to a head

In case you haven’t heard, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is going through a rough patch. The orchestra is on lockout. (Or that’s what the musicians call it. ASO management calls it a work stoppage. Journalists seem to...

September 23, 2012
The Columbus Symphony's George del Gobbo pours a glass of 100% Pure Music. Want some?

Orchestras Across Georgia

It's not just football teams that gear up in September. All across Georgia, orchestras are moving from pre-season to season too. How many orchestras? Well, around 10. And that's not even counting youth orchestras,...

September 12, 2012
Does your elementary school have an orchestra?

School Music Starts Back Up, But Starting When?

One thing I love about the back-to-school season is seeing kids with their instrument cases. Especially the newbies. Beginning band and orchestra members may not even be able to produce a sound on the contraptions they’...

September 11, 2012
Hosting GPB's Midday Music

A Good Enough Calling?

A few weeks ago, I had a mini crisis of faith. In a world of urgent needs, I asked myself, could I justify presenting pretty music on the radio for a living? Wasn't there something more pressing I should be doing with...

August 31, 2012