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Robert Craft (1923-2015): An improbable life

American conductor and musicologist Robert Craft passed away on November 10 at the age of 92. Craft was best known as the advisor and close friend of Igor Stravinsky from 1948 until Stravinsky’s death in 1971; at times, he even lived in the Stravinsky home. But Craft was also a tastemaker in American classical music during the 20th century. He championed the works of composers Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg by conducting and recording their music. He recorded a collection of Webern’s complete works, and he collaborated closely with Stravinsky and conducted recording sessions and premieres of the composer’s later works. Continue reading “Robert Craft (1923-2015): An improbable life”

Grant writing for the arts

Beverly Mitchell, Art and Dance Librarian, presented a workshop today on grant writing for the arts. In attendance were SMU students and staff and representatives from Dallas non-profits. Continue reading “Grant writing for the arts”

Making the write moves: Grant writing workshops November 16-17

This workshop presents organizational steps to help you begin your research for funding sources and craft clear and compelling proposals. Presented by Beverly Mitchell, Art and Dance Librarian. Continue reading “Making the write moves: Grant writing workshops November 16-17”

Great Scott and great voices at SMU

DiDonato, Heggie, and von Stade
Joyce DiDonato, Jake Heggie, and Frederica von Stade on campus at SMU. Image by Pam Pagels.

For the second time in less than five years, the Dallas Opera is producing the world premiere of an opera by composer Jake Heggie with the libretto by Terrence McNally. Great Scott opened Friday, October 30th and will continue its run at the Margo and Bill Winspear Opera House through November 15th. Continue reading “Great Scott and great voices at SMU”

Why is the library giving music away?

On Thursday, October 8, the Hamon Library will be giving away several boxes of music materials on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will be held in the Taubman Atrium from 11:30 am-1:00pm and Meadows Division of Music students and other SMU patrons are encouraged to come. Continue reading “Why is the library giving music away?”

How much do musicians earn distributing their music online?

I spend most of my workday at my desk, so streaming music is not just convenient, it’s essential.  I have a turntable at home and a small collection of records inherited from my parents that I augment through buying resale vinyl and the occasional brand new album.  The recent and much-maligned relaunch of TIDAL (a streaming music service for musicians by musicians) made me curious about how artists are compensated when I consume their product. Continue reading “How much do musicians earn distributing their music online?”

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