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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

Sarah Zaslaw - Monday, October 22, 2012 - 11:52am

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....

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

Sarah Zaslaw - Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 12:17pm

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...

CSU Chamber Choir (photo from Schwob School of Music)

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

Sarah Zaslaw - Monday, October 8, 2012 - 4:28am

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...

The Macon-based Cortona Trio

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

Sarah Zaslaw - Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 9:17am

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...

The Atlanta Symphony has a new contract

Sarah Zaslaw - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 12:15pm

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...

The Atlanta Symphony standoff comes to a head

Sarah Zaslaw - Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 7:59pm

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...

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

Orchestras Across Georgia

Sarah Zaslaw - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 5:37am

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,...

Does your elementary school have an orchestra?

School Music Starts Back Up, But Starting When?

Sarah Zaslaw - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 5:36am

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’...

Hosting GPB's Midday Music

A Good Enough Calling?

Sarah Zaslaw - Friday, August 31, 2012 - 5:17am

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...

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