THE TORTURED LABEL OF THE TORTURED ARTIST

In January 1980, Northwestern University’s black student organization protested the final performance of Julius Eastman’s residency. Many aspects of the 40-year-old composer’s budding career–which included a degree from the Curtis Institute, a position as Creative Associate at SUNY Buffalo, and prior work with Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Morton Feldman–were distilled in this performance. The openly gay,…

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Janáček, Grant Proposals, and Holiday Gatherings: Reflecting on December 3-31, 2018

Immediately following the Civic Fellows’ Purpose Over Pain project with Sara and Rex of the Irene Taylor Trust (read more here), we joined the rest of our Civic colleagues for an intense concert cycle with conductor Edward Gardner. The December 12 concert, titled “20th Century Innovators,” featured Janáček’s “Sinfonietta,” Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 4, and Ravel’s…

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