By Thomas F. Surprenant, Stahl Construction Company Receiving a grant from the Knight Foundation to restore and conserve some of the historic “ghost signs” in St. Paul’s Lowertown has been enjoyable and rewarding, though it also brings challenges that have kept me awake at night. Where do I find the matching funds? How does Stahl […]
By Felice Grodin, Artists in Residence in Everglades What is it to ‘create’ during the Anthropocene? The new geological age that some hypothesize began over two centuries ago with the burning of fossil fuels, is perhaps accentuated by the detonation of the world’s first nuclear bomb in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.[i] The […]
Rhythms of Africa appeared on the small screen this month as NBC Miami ran a special on Embrace Music Foundation and how it impacted Somerset Academy Central High School Miramar. Enjoy the video above.
By Stephen Sokolouski, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Only one week remains until the highly anticipated Ordway Concert Hall Opening Celebration, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s (SPCO) first official concerts in its new downtown Saint Paul home. Recently, Kristin Tillotson of the Star Tribune previewed the new hall: Ever since Ordway Center was built 30 years ago, the […]
By Ann Mintz, Reading Terminal Market The Reading Terminal Market’s Knight-Foundation-funded performance series is called Music @ the Market, but it includes other forms of performing arts, including dance. The Philadelphia community is lucky enough to have access to a portable, modular dance floor owned by Dance USA Philadelphia. Since last spring, this floor has […]
By Tod Machover, composer and head of the MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Future Group A new, collaborative symphony, led by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab and funded by Knight, is taking shape in the Motor City. Below, Machover, who is gathering sounds from the people of Detroit […]
By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer In Naples, on the other side of Everglades National Park, a company located in and named after the city on Florida’s west coast, has been staging operas for a decade. The enterprise is modest but ambitious. It doesn’t need or hope to compete with its older and reputed […]
By Biba Bell On Feb. 25, Detroit choreographer Biba Bell will launch a site-specific dance piece in a fifth floor corner apartment of a 1958 Mies van der Rohe high-rise in Lafayette Park. In the fashion of an intimate cocktail party, the 2-hour piece opens up a private space to a public audience. Here Bell, […]
By Fernando González, South Florida-based arts and culture writer Living in South Florida means crossing invisible borders every day, many times a day. Almost inevitably, at one time or another, we are all visitors in someone else’s traditions, have to learn a different code, be it in business or our personal lives, or find a […]
By April L. Gruber, Dance/USA Join nearly 500 industry experts at the country’s broadest gathering of dance professionals to network with your colleagues, expand your professional expertise, and strengthen your organization. Check out the preview video above, and click here for more info about the conference.