Sergei Rachmaninoff: Champion of the Romantic Era

It appears as a foreign language to those who can’t read a score. It’d be a shame to dismiss so quickly, because there’s one thing we all share that unlocks it and allows us to ‘read’ its notes, and that’s our heart. Sergei Rachmaninoff {1873–1943} was a champion of expression and grandiose melodies, considered by some, … Continue reading

Safe House {Notes on a Former Refuge}

It was strong, sequestered, secure. It had great bones! It was a place the artist went to compose, conceptualize, create, rest and later, revise. It was a former piano factory in the heart of downtown in a community of the creative class. It was luxurious in its renewed spirit, newly opulent since its heyday. Where … Continue reading

The Exquisite Concert Grand Piano

It’s a thing of beauty… the sheer grandeur of a full size concert grand! Have you viewed one up–close? For a pianist, it’s a thrill to take command of such an exacting and powerful instrument. It takes years of arduous study for a pianist to master the instrument in live performance. Even still, a large … Continue reading

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso

Mercy! Now, there’s a name to live up to. Imagine having to do that in your lifetime! It appears, that’s exactly what Pablo Picasso was able to accomplish on earth. He was a renegade of sorts. As a pioneer of a fledgling movement known as Cubism, along with its co–founder, Georges Braque, Picasso was considered … Continue reading

Berlin Wall Art Installations, 1961 and Why Art Matters

I was born in 1961. At about 10 weeks shy of my birth, the Berlin Wall was under construction in Germany. Whoa! It’s a connection by heritage for me, considering I’m part German. I’ve never been, although I’ve heard for years how inspiring and vibrant Berlin is for artists and culture. My friend Finbarr has … Continue reading