Egon Schiele and David Bowie

One of the most exciting things about writing my master’s thesis on the contemporary relevance of fin-de-siècle Viennese artist Egon Schiele’s portraits is scouting the works of artists, photographers, performers, and fashion designers today whose aesthetic reflects his influence. I love making those tangible connections between past and present. In the nascent stages of my research, […]

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Movie music

I was rifling through my iTunes library the other day and came across an old download of the Cold Mountain soundtrack with the religious chant “I’m Going Home” sung by the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church (fast-forward to about 0:45). Do you remember this scene from the movie, when Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and the […]

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More on kids and music

On its 100th anniversary in December 2011, the San Francisco Symphony posted on its Facebook page this photo of kids enjoying an early symphony concert at the War Memorial Opera House, juxtaposed with a more recent shot of kiddos attending a concert at Davies Symphony Hall. Immediately I thought of The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize–winning story […]

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Kids and the arts

Do you remember the first time you became aware of art and classical music? I think I was about 11 years old when I first begged my mom to buy me a calendar of Impressionist art and a 10-pack box of classical music CDs from Costco. It was probably because Anne Frank was my hero […]

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