For those of us who need a reminder that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, I spoke with four composers about past crises they faced as artists and human beings: Sarah Kirkland Snider spoke on Hurricane Sandy, John Corigliano on the AIDS crisis, Vijay Iyer on 9/11 and Tania León on the upheaval of migration.
Author: Lara Pellegrinelli
Lara Pellegrinelli is an arts journalist and scholar. She produces on-air stories for National Public Radio, and her prose has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice. Columbia University’s Miller Theatre has commissioned her to create the program notes for its prestigious Composer Portrait series (2018-19, 2019-20). A graduate of Harvard University and a longtime resident of New York City, she currently teaches at The New School.
Our opportunities to reach audiences include those few moments before a show begins. Don’t put them to sleep with the same old program notes! I’ve developed a guide that has helped my own work and might just help yours.