On Jan. 21, I will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in the company of Ruth Padel. This is my first visit to India, and I'm eager to augment my paltry knowledge of the subcontinent's great classical traditions.
"A blizzard is raging outside the windows as 1944 approaches. It will be a year of happiness, of joy, of victory, a year that will bring us all much joy. The freedom-loving Peoples will at last throw off the yoke of Hitlerism, peace will reign over the whole world, and we shall live once more in peace under the sun of Stalin’s Constitution. Of this I am convinced, and consequently experience feelings of unalloyed joy."
"Important things cannot be abbreviated": Steven Schick's program notes for an Inauguration Day concert at the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are worth a read.... In the New York Times, Will Robin interviews female opera composers.... On the New Yorker website, Kerry O'Brien writes about the late, great Pauline Oliveros.... Make Music Winter reoccupies New York on Wednesday. The forecast looks clear and not too cold — surely a relief to baritone Chris Herbert, who will reprise his famous Winterize performance.... Incidentally, before Herbert took up singing full-time he worked as an analyst and P.R. person, specializing in Arabic matters; he speaks fluent Arabic. Go here to read about his astonishing experiences with Muammar Qaddafi and Donald J. Trump in 2009.... The composer Samuel Andreyev has a series of YouTube lectures on twentieth-century music. In one, he tackles the Boulez Second Sonata.... The Internet may be an increasingly sinister and noxious place, but it did give us All of Bach.... Longtime Noise friend Matthew Guerrierihas shepherded his Soho the Dog site to a new address. Read there a rich, discerning essay on the Chichester Psalms.... In El Niño at the LA Phil last weekend, Davóne Tines did most definitely "shake the heavens." I look forward to hearing more from this electrifying young bass-baritone. Is it too soon to utter the word WAGNER? The LA Times has a profile.... When Andrew Norman won the Grawemeyer for his piece Play, he constructively used the platform to call for more diversity in commissions. He elaborated his thoughts in remarks at Musical America's annual awards ceremony.... Ethan Iverson reiterates an important message: click and share arts-journalism pieces if you don't want arts journalism to disappear.