This morning, I was deeply gratified to learn that Feast of Music received a kind mention in Alex Ross' long-running music blog, The Rest Is Noise. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Alex has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996, and has a book coming out this fall entitled The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, which he describes as, "a voyage into the labyrinth of modern music." Among his many outstanding essays and reviews, he wrote the most articulate and passionate defense of classical music I've ever encountered, "Listen To This" (2004), which places chamber and symphonic music in their proper context, indistinguishable in their impact on the listener from rock, jazz, hip-hop, or any other form of genuine music. His writing and advocacy are a major inspiration for me, and I am grateful for his support of this new venture.
Also, just a reminder that the Brooklyn Next Fest kicks back in high gear tonight. Highlights include: Opera on Tap at Barbes (7p) Alan Licht at Issue Project Room (9p), and Arturo O'Farril in two late night sets at Puppet's Jazz Bar.