The lighter side of summer
August gives rise to all kinds of critical thoughts about classical music.
William V. Madison, on his blog Billevesées, comments on Glenn Beck's much-bruited attack on funding for the arts, demonstrating that arts funding does indeed lead to the spread of juvenile delinquency.
Proper Discord, the ever-vigilant consumer advocate, illustrates how to open a CD in a video that will make you realize that in fact you don't actually have a method, particularly when it comes to that stupid sticker across the top.
And in the category of spontaneous summer performances, the outfit operamission in New York is deconstructing "Cosi fan tutte," presenting the opera in four sessions, each with 30-40 minutes of music, sung by professional singers with an orchestra of musicians who are coming in from all over, all totally unrehearsed. It's opera for the Twitter age (and you can follow it on Twitter). As of the last Tweet, they still need violins.