• Podcasts galore! We’ve got Stephanie Evans talking to 20UNDER40 founder Edward Clapp (part I, part II); Rosetta Thurman interviewing a panel of young executive directors, including Springboard for the Arts’s Laura Zabel; NPR talking to Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette about trends in classical music; and Andrew Taylor talking to Bill Ivey.
  • Some philanthropy news: Blueprint R+D founder Lucy Bernholz and “superstar employee”  Tony Wang have teamed up for a conversation on “What Capital When?” On her own blog, Bernholz suggests copping an idea from the US Patent Office and having a peer-review process for nonprofit status applications. The Hewlett Foundation divulges the results of its Grantee Perception Report, while its President Paul Brest advocates for a more judicious use of general operating support. And an online giving drive in the state of Minnesota raised an astounding $14 million in 24 hours.
  • Ever been annoyed because you received telemarketing calls for charity? Well, you should be: in addition to the spam factor, the calls don’t benefit the recipients of your donation nearly as much as you may think. A report from the New York State Attorney General’s office found that charities received on average less than 40% of the funds collected as a result of telemarketing campaigns.
  • I enjoyed this article about how percussion is the new black in classical music concerts. Some of Jonathan Haas’s stories about the bad old days are truly astonishing. Thank goodness classical music is allowed to be fun again. (Sometimes.)
  • Umm, Shaq is now an art curator? What?
  • Well, this is one way to get to the top: the vanity book award.
  • Thank you so much for these great music resources and critiques. I especially enjoyed your gratitude toward classical music as a fun venue. As a piano teacher in nj, teaching classical music to children and ear training is an absolute joy. Thanks for your highlights about trends in classical music as well. As part of my piano lessons in nj, I encourage students to attend piano concerts and recitals to be exposed to professional musicians.

  • Will

    Thanks for the reference to the interesting article on percussion. The author missed the boat however on one of the earliest popular percussionist performing groups in this country, namely Ondekoza (the “demon drum group”), a group of young Japanese taiko drummers who toured the US to SRO crowds as far back as 1975.

    Their performances had wonderful showmanship, and were very physical, showing off a high degree of physical culture. In fact, in their Boston area debut, the entire group ran the Boston Marathon during the day, and gave a full performance that night!

    Ondekoza toured North America several times, appearing on TV as well as live, and became the progenitor of the Kodo drumming troupe, which our family saw perform during the 1980’s.