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  • In light of our ongoing national crisis with law enforcement…

    Posted on July 14th, 2016 | 3

    In light of our ongoing national crisis with law enforcement, it is ironic that two weeks ago Chicago native and police officer, Tony Parker, agreed to fly to New York and drive, as the second driver to Boss Murphy, back to Chicago and the Ravinia Festival. Boss and I were going to hear the U.S. premiere of my Violin Concerto for the great Nicky Benedetti and the venerated Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tony did us a solid.   Keep reading »

  • In Memoriam: Joe Temperley

    Posted on May 12th, 2016

    It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Staff, Board of Directors, and Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, say goodbye to our beloved Orchestra member, saxophonist Joe Temperley.   Keep reading »

  • Spaces focuses on the definitive traits of 10 animals

    Posted on April 2nd, 2016 | 4

    Throughout history we have lived close to animals and have been reliant on them in so many ways. In this densely populated metropolis, our way of life does not include meaningful contact with any undomesticated animals larger than squirrels. But the animal kingdom remains a foundation of our mythology, personality and understanding of our space in the world.   Keep reading »

  • The great Maestro Kurt Masur once said, “Let’s face the new year with a new brain”

    Posted on January 1st, 2016 | 4

    I offer this prayer and the ensuing section of the yet unreleased Abyssinian Mass today to thank and express gratitude to everyone involved with our music on any level of participation. The great Maestro Kurt Masur once said, “Let’s face the new year with a new brain.” We all laughed, but he had an excellent point because all of us are struggling with something. Some form of dues always winds up on our plates (even if it wasn’t on the menu), and it always costs more than we have.    Keep reading »