A Life-Long Love Affair

It was the summer of 1985. I was their very first Intern, sitting around a kitchen table with Leila, Leon and Leyla (as in Leila and Leon Getz and Leyla Sacks), the trio that launched the Vancouver Recital Society (VRS), … Read more…

Can You Spare A Life Saver?

lifesaversLike the rainbow of flavors offered up in a single roll of Life Savers, kids are not all the same.

Some kids are not born athletes. They’re too small for sports, or too large, or just don’t fit in. Others have obstacles thrown in their way by adults who prey on the weak, shattering youthful confidence. For these children, the age-old ritual of choosing up teams itself can be humiliating for those always picked last.

But all kids want to be part of something bigger than themselves, to belong. All kids want to make a contribution, to believe they are good at something, to feel good about themselves, to not feel useless.

And every single child is inherently creative – it’s what makes us human, the divine spark that elevates and animates us.

If you will imagine for a second that a school is like a passenger liner proudly carrying its precious cargo into the future, then the children that can’t play competitive sports, the kids that don’t fit in, the kids that are bullied and ostracized, those wrestling with existential challenges, are like a passenger that has fallen overboard, drifting silently away, ever further into the night.

1179935_lifesaversFor the children falling further and further behind, left to navigate stormy seas on their own, the arts can act like life preservers, a path to something better, a way back to the light, and, to stretch this metaphor further, can serve as a lifeline back to the mother ship heading off oblivious without them into the future.

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Top Ten Tips To Mastering The Twitterverse And Social Media

How to Win Friends and Influence People!

1936 Edition of Carnegie's Classic Tome
1936 Edition of Carnegie’s Classic Tome

How is it, 76 years after Dale Carnegie taught us How to Win Friends and Influence People in the first best-selling self-help book ever published, that we’re more baffled today than ever?

Type “How do I get people to like me” into Google and you’ll get links to five billion listings, nearly one for every person on the planet! Typing “How do I get people to follow me on Twitter?” produces two billion results. Type “If You’re Not online …” and Google will finish the sentence for you by adding the words “you don’t exist…,” producing 300,000,000 links.

For musicians and performing artists, the question is more than a matter of solipsistic, existential philosophy though, it’s a matter of survival.

So if you’re a performing artist wondering how to get someone to like your Facebook page, or just one of the two billion people wondering how to get people to follow you on Twitter, here are our …

Top Ten Tips To Mastering The Twitterverse And Social Media

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Barbara Smith Conrad: Grace And Fire!

Barbara Smith Conrad‘s career would be remarkable enough, having sung so many of the major roles with legendary conductors in all of the great opera houses around the globe, her artistry honored by both Presidents and Popes. But it is … Read more…

Introducing BramwellTovey.com!

“He is the very model of a modern orchestral maestro… Not only is he a supremely gifted conductor and music director, a much published composer, a pianist (classical and jazz) and a dreamer of big projects, he is also the … Read more…

Vancouver Website System Used By Global, Grammy Award-winning Clientele!

A Vancouver team’s dynamic website system is used by an internationally-renowned, performing arts clientele that includes Grammy Award-winning artists like the Emerson String Quartet, Maestro Bramwell Tovey and Soprano Ana María Martínez; the official PR representatives of the Metropolitan Opera – Shuman … Read more…

The Big, Bad Bass-Baritone!

Internationally-acclaimed Bass-Baritone Eric Owens will be in Vancouver this week for a concert presented by the Vancouver Recital Society – next Sunday, Oct 21, at 3pm, in the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. The quote cited for his concert on the VRS website? “Because he … Read more…

Well-Tempered Bach

Last Friday night the Vancouver Recital Society presented Andras Schiff in a recital of Bach’s first Book of Preludes and Fugues at the Chan Centre at UBC. (Andras is managed today by Kirshbaum Demler Associates in New York.) It was a transcendent experience, the … Read more…

Culture Shock: The Ostrich And The Cuttlefish

“The trouble with change is that the new is not yet born while the old is not yet dead, and in the interregnum a variety of morbid symptoms begin to appear.” Antonio Gramsci, Marxist Revolutionary “The only constant is change.” … Read more…

My Titanic Daliance With Ricky Martin & Bo Xilai!

It’s amazing how The Titanic keeps coming up! In the news I mean. First there was Director James Cameron‘s death-defying plunge into the icy depths of the Mariana Trench; then the media craze over the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, … Read more…