Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Neptune, the Mystic,” from Gustav Holst’s Suite The Planets

Convinced that Forgotify is trying to make me look like an opportunistic journalist, I regret to inform you that I actually performed this work less than three weeks ago.  Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Neptune, the Mystic,” from Gustav Holst’s Suite The Planets

The Unexpected Joy of Dmitri Shostakovich

This past weekend, I went to a performance of the local orchestra for the first time in I can’t even remember how long. There was a special going on for seriously discounted tickets if you attend three or more performances during the season, so we decided to branch out and see more of what our local cultural scene has to offer. Besides, director and principal conductor JoAnn Falletta is brilliant and her recent interview with Persephone turned me into a huge fangirl. Anyway, this weekend’s scheduled concert included a piece from Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer I wasn’t familiar with but immediately fell in love with. Read More The Unexpected Joy of Dmitri Shostakovich

Persephone Pioneers: JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta is the brilliant and talented Director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She recently began her first season as Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra and is the first woman to ever lead that orchestra. Her career has been long and filled with accomplishments both on and off the stage. I recently had the opportunity to ask the incomparable Ms. Falletta a few questions. Read More Persephone Pioneers: JoAnn Falletta