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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Singing Through the Wounds of War

August 13, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Rehearsal for Fallujah. From l-r: Willy Miles-Grenzberg as “Lalo,” Nickolas Meyer as “Rocks,” Christopher Mayell as “Taylor,” and Ken Lavigne as “Philip.” Photo by Chad Galloway / Opus 59 Films / City Opera Vancouver When U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret) Christian Ellis returned from the Iraq War, his struggle […]

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Random Acts of Culture™

Throughout the country, many performing groups have taken to public forums to display Random Acts of Culture™ (supported generously by the Knight Foundation) covering all art forms including music, dance, and theater. Just a few weeks ago, the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte captured this dance performance from their local airport: But there are […]

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Art Works Podcast: Marc Scorca

October 27, 2011 By Josephine Reed This week’s podcast celebrates opera in America and the 2011 NEA Opera Honorees who are receiving their award tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Washington DC’s Harmon Hall. (It’s going to be webcast live—click here to join us). The NEA’s partner in the awards ceremony is OPERA America, a not-for-profit […]

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When Opera Goes to Court

October 26, 2011 The 2010 Supreme Court luncheon. Bottom row (l-r): Eve Queler, David DiChiera, Martina Arroyo, Philip Glass. Top row (l-r): Justice Kagan, Justice Scalia, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Kennedy, NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shikegawa. Photo by Michael G. Stewart After months of preparation, the 2011 NEA Opera Honors are finally here. This afternoon, […]

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Art Talk with Katerina Souvorova

October 24, 2011 By Rebecca Gross Katerina Souvorova. Photo by Alexandre Souvorova With a career that has spanned from the Bolshoi Opera to the Baltimore Opera, Katerina Souvorova has become something of a Jill-of-all-trades for the opera world. She is a performing pianist, coaches vocal students at Catholic University, and has founded two community opera […]

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Art Works Podcast: Kerry Henderson

October 20, 2011 By Josephine Reed Map of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Image by Nancy Howell This week’s podcast: What does an opera singer living in a small New York town do when he learns the local playground needs new equipment? Well, if he’s Kerry Henderson, he proposes putting on a concert […]

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When Poetry and Opera Collide

October 19, 2011 By J.D. McClatchy J.D. McClatchy. Photo by Geoff Spear I’ve been writing poems for half a century now, and for nearly as long I’ve been teaching students—at Princeton and at Yale—how to write them as well, drilling them in the complexities of the craft and the ambitions of the art. Thomas Mann […]

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Art Works Podcast: John Conklin

October 13, 2011 By Josephine Reed Carmen, stage design by John Conklin. Photo by Jeffrey Dunn for Boston Lyric Opera, 2009 In this week’s podcast, the spotlight is on legendary stage designer and 2011 NEA Opera Honoree John Conklin. Conklin’s influence on set design is difficult to exaggerate. His set and costume designs have been […]

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