The Center Cannot Hold

The Center Cannot Hold, a chamber opera in two acts, with music composed by psychiatrist Kenneth B. Wells and libretto by Wells and law professor Elyn Saks, may be the first opera devoted to telling the story of psychiatric illness. Based on Saks’ memoir of the same name describing her experience with schizophrenia, the opera premiered in July 2016 at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience … Continue reading The Center Cannot Hold

The Nile Project: Musical group advocates for ecological sustainability

The Nile Project is a group of musicians from Egypt, Uganda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia and other countries.  They are coming to Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts tonight at 8PM. From their website, they “inspire, inform, and connect Nile citizens to help them collaborate on cultivating the sustainability of their river.” Hope to see you there. Continue reading The Nile Project: Musical group advocates for ecological sustainability

Through music, Berklee students help foreign-language speakers

During his Wednesday Berklee School of Music class, 24-year-old grad student Kevin Leong helped teach students the song “Jingle Bells” — not how to play the musical notes, but how to sing the English words. The students were guests at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women and the first women’s shelter in the U.S. Many women who come to Rosie’s Place are … Continue reading Through music, Berklee students help foreign-language speakers

Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, the “Spanish Mozart”

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga was a Basque composer who died in 1826 at the age of 19. He was nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart” after he died, because, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he was both a child prodigy and an accomplished composer who died young. He died in Paris of a “galloping consumption,” likely, tuberculosis. Like Mozart, he was buried in a public burial ground. Arriaga’s Symphony in D Major is one … Continue reading Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, the “Spanish Mozart”