A 2020 World Ballet Day?

The good news: there is so much ballet out there, recorded and streamed, for us to watch right now. There are segments of past World Ballet Days that we can re-watch to our heart’s content. The bad news: there is no official, Royal Ballet-sponsored World Ballet Day in 2020. Yeah, no real surprise, huh? How … Read more A 2020 World Ballet Day?

Revisiting “The Red Violin”

The lack of performing arts events during this time of shuttered concert halls has brought its own silver lining: the opportunity, indeed, the hunger, to revisit films that incorporate the classical music world and/or its instruments. And you know, reader, which instrument to which I am most partial, right? Step in François Girard’s 1998 The … Read more Revisiting “The Red Violin”

Cover reveal: Book 3 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

At long last, I’m so happy to reveal the cover for Book 3 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles! Ballet Orphans is a prequel to the series, same location (San Francisco), same company (West Coast Ballet Theatre), only it’s set twenty years before the other two books. I just loved creating this fascinating backstory. And I … Read more Cover reveal: Book 3 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

10 Somber Classical Tunes for a Pandemic

In my last blog I offered you, dear reader, 10 Happy Classical Tunes for a Pandemic. But what if you don’t feeling like listening to “happy” music right about now? You’re in too much pain. Understandable. Been there. It’s that weird state that commonly follows the death of a loved one, or something huge like … Read more 10 Somber Classical Tunes for a Pandemic

10 Happy Classical Tunes for a Pandemic

It’s a tall order these days to command oneself to be happy and productive. I myself have started and stopped this blog over a dozen times in the past few weeks. Something in me is frozen, distraught, in shock over the same thing everyone else is feeling discomfort and/or trauma over, and even though that … Read more 10 Happy Classical Tunes for a Pandemic