Tomorrow (March 1) from 3 to 5pm, I'll slip off the manacles binding me to my desk at the Time Out New York compound and head across town to St. Peter's Church (619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St.), where I'll be participating in an event presented by Chamber Music America as part of its regular "First Tuesdays" series. For a program titled "Meet the Music Press," I'll be teaming up with fellow New York Times contributor Nate Chinen to answer questions about the most effective ways that musicians and organizations can get their information to the press folks who need it—not always an easy thing, but hardly an insurmountable challenge.
At this event I'll be wearing my classical-music hat and Nate will be the jazz guy. But we both cover a lot more ground than those categories suggest, as do an ever-increasing number of artists. Since the gray area between genres, styles and practices is a major preoccupation of mine, I'd expect that it will be a component of the conversation to some extent.
Over at Sequenza 21, where Jerry Bowles generously posted news of this event last week (kindly boosted on Twitter by Christian Carey yesterday), composer Chris Becker has weighed in with some provocative food for thought in the comments field. Most arts organizations are now using social-media tools to reach audiences directly. But can social-media platforms replace mass media outright? The pros and cons of that particular issue are worth mulling even if you don't plan to attend tomorrow's seminar.
CMA members who can't attend tomorrow's event will be able to request audio recordings of the whole shebang, free of charge.
Gian Carlo Menotti - The Saint of Bleecker Street - Gabrielle Ruggiero, Gloria Lane, David Poleri, Leon Lishner, Catherine Akos, Maria Di Gerlando, chorus and orchestra/Thomas Schippers (Heristal)
Philip Glass - String Quartets Nos. 1-5; Suite from Bent - Brooklyn Rider (Orange Mountain Music)
Marillion - Friends (Racket)
Hector Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique; La Mort de Cléopâtre - Anna Caterina Antonacci, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Bis)
Florent Schmitt - La tragédie de Salomé; César Franck - Symphony in D minor - Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal/Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Atma Classique)
Jean Sibelius - Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7; Tapiola - Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä (Bis)
Marillion - Family (Racket)
Franz Schubert - String Quartets in D minor (D. 810, "Death and the Maiden") and A minor (D. 804, "Rosamunde") - Takács Quartet (Hyperion)
Peanut Butter Wolf - 666 Mix (Stones Throw)
Walter Piston - Symphony No. 2 - Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz (Naxos)
Walter Piston - Violin Concerto No. 1 - James Oliver Buswell, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine/Theodor Kuchar (Naxos)
Walter Piston - Symphony No. 4 - Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz (Naxos)
Moritz von Oswald Trio - Horizontal Structures (Honest Jon's)
Joseph Haydn - The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross - Lisa Milne, Ruxandra Donose, Andrew Kennedy, Christopher Maltman, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir/Vladimir Jurowski (LPO)