Old guard music education

ClassicalGuitarMagazine.com posted Michael Chapdelaine's performance of Albéniz's "Mallorca," to comemorate the Spanish composer's birthday, and the performance is delightful. In the notes at YouTube, nonetheless, the artist links to a masterclass Segovia conducted at USC, in which Segovia berates Chapdelaine's performance of the same piece. https://youtu.be/wiAbqfaYGwk Segovia's manner with the student exemplifies everything that's wrong... Continue Reading →

Mondays are the front grill of an oncoming Toyota Sequoia, but Wednesdays throw it in reverse and complete the effect.

Los Angeles’s Cherry Blossoms

A nice write-up in the LA Times on the jacaranda trees that blossom along Del Mar boulevard in Pasadena. The trees are always a treat in the spring, and unlike the cherry blossoms for which Japan is famous, the jacaranda blossoms linger for several months. L.A.’s oldest jacarandas are 80 to 100 years old, and... Continue Reading →

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