Archive for January, 2010

Praise Continues For “Music I-LXXIV”

by: Ian

David Yearsley, of Cornell University, has written a delightful piece on The Sound Post’s favorite poet, August Kleinzahler.

In an article on, Yearsley praises the fresh, “catholic and quirky” humor of Kleinzahler’s latest publication, Music I-LXXIV. He describes some of the more eclectic tales from the collection of musical essays, and admires the ways in which subjects such as criticism, nostalgia, and dedication are presented by the award-winning poet.
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Montclair State University Music School Enters New Era

by: Colin Oettle

Montclair State University’s new $35 million dollar music school is presenting a chamber music concert this weekend as part of its inaugural year. The Cali School of Music, named after $5 million donor John J. Cali, opened this Fall and brings a host of world renowned faculty to the college.

As the music program continues to increase in size, $4 million of Cali’s $5 million dollar donation will go to paying full-scholarships for deserving students. To commemorate the new school, MSU is presenting two chamber music events this weekend at the newly constructed Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall. The concerts will be at 8:00pm on Saturday, and 3:00pm on Sunday.

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Mark O’Connor Crosses Over


by: Colin Oettle

Violinist Mark O’Connor will team up with bassist John Patitucci and guitarist Julian Lage at New York City’s Blue Note next weekend, bringing his classical, folk, and flamenco backgrounds to a new, jazzier venture. The trio will debut at the Blue Note on January 7, 8, and 9, with each member contributing his individual background, style, and compositional elements.

Widely known for his folk performances and compositions, O’Connor is a classically trained musician whose influences have led him through many genres, including jazz. More recently, he has generated buzz for his new violin method, The Mark O’Connor Violin Method. The method bears ideological similarities to the time-tested Suzuki Method, but guides its students through a repertoire of American folk music.

As O’Connor begins his foray with the trio, listeners can probably count on him crossing into the jazz realm regularly, even as he continues to release more installments of his folk-based method book.

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