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Portraits of the Blues

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Uniting African-American spirituals, folk songs, work songs, simple ballads, and call-and-response, the blues burst onto the musical scene in the United States in the first decades of the twentieth century. The popular success of W.C. Handy’s hit Memphis Blues (1914) soon earned him the title of “Father of the Blues,” and inspired many African-American musicians […]

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The Baroque Delight in Virtuosity

3 days ago

Winter is my favorite season. Though undoubtedly each of the four seasons has its highlights, the frosty snow and icy north winds of winter are the most captivating to my ears. I am referring, of course, to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, one of the most perfect examples of program music, or music that is composed […]

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Mimesis and Meaning

2 weeks ago

In the Republic, Plato famously (or infamously) argues against the practice of imitative arts by those who will guard and rule the just city. Plato claims that those who engage in imitation lack knowledge of the things that they imitate. According to Plato, those who engage in these arts run the risk of taking on […]

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Careful the things you say…

4 weeks ago

Without doubt, Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist in the history of the American Musical Theatre. He has made his career by repeatedly reinventing the traditions of the genre into something entirely new. Sondheim was essentially raised by Oscar Hammerstein (composer of South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel, and The King and I, to name but […]

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Norton Center Salutes: DecoArt

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From the 115,000 square foot facility located in the rolling hills of Kentucky, DecoArt manufactures one of the broadest lines of acrylic paints and finishes in the world – paints and finishes that are widely known throughout the Craft, Fine Art and Do-It-Yourself markets. The journey began in 1985 as a division of Ceramichrome,  a manufacturer […]

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