The Secret To Great Old Violins’ Sound? Human Vowels

Extensive research by Taiwanese scientists – who tested singers and Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati violins with spectrometers – found that the old violins emit sets of frequencies that match those that form particular human vowel sounds. (The sound of Amatis matches the vowels of basses and baritones; Strads match tenors and altos…. [Read More...]

Protesters Disrupt Philadelphia Orchestra Concert In Brussels

“Pro-Palestinian protesters interrupted the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Thursday night performance in Brussels, urging the orchestra to cancel the upcoming Israel leg of its tour. The protesters broke into a performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with chants of ‘free, free, Palestine,’ and after about 30 seconds, … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.24.18

“Shaftsbury” Shafted; Church Besmirched: The Berkshire Museum’s Lose-Lose Auctions The Berkshire Museum’s deplorable disposals have not gone well. Even its board president, in a statement issued yesterday, conceded that the museum was “disappointed” with the results for the 13 works offered at … read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-05-24 Crazy delightful One … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.23.18

Gloom at the Top: Why Megabucks Auctions Are Broken (and how to fix them) The thrill is gone. For several of the highest-estimated properties in the recent series of Impressionist, modern and contemporary sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the “auction fever” of yesteryear has given way to single-bid … [Read More...]

Fluxus Artist Geoffrey Hendricks Dead At 86

“The Flux Divorce” – a famous public ceremony he staged with his wife, artist Nye Ffarrabas, to mark their split – “was just one of many adventurous artworks and art events he created or participated in during a career that also included teaching art at Rutgers University for 47 years. Mr. Hendricks literally … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.22.18

From the Q & A In March I participated in the Intersections Summit hosted by Milwaukee Repertory Theater. It was a gathering of community engagement practitioners from theaters (mostly) across the U.S. Prompted by the event, … read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-05-22 [Read More...]

Uh-Oh – There’s More Grey Gardens Footage On The Way

In 1972, three years before Albert and David Maysles made their now-famous documentary about “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin) and their rapidly decaying Long Island mansion, Lee Radziwill (Jackie’s sister) hired the Maysles brothers to visit the Beale homestead, where “they shot … [Read More...]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.21.18

Monday Recommendation: Get To Know Tom Talbert Demands on time and resources have sidetracked plans for a new Monday Recommendation. Hey, stuff happens. The Rifftides staff’s solution is to reach back to the earliest days of this blog, and … read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2018-05-21 Weekend Extra: Zeitlin, Williams and Wilson … [Read More...]

It Takes People Longer To Say Nouns Than Verbs

“A study published this week … found that nouns actually take longer to spit out than verbs do, presumably because they require more thought to produce. … Which is to say, the future word casts a shadow over the present one. And that shadow is measurable: the researchers found that, in all … [Read More...]