THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™-Weekly Spanish Composer-Francisco Barbiere

THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ This Week’s Spanish Composer: FRANCISCO ASENJO BARBIERE (1823-1894) by Elena Greco July 28, 2015 Francisco Barbieri was a composer, opera singer, conductor and musicologist who was born and died in Madrid. Barbieri entered the Madrid Conservatory at age 14, where, in addition to piano, voice and clarinet, he studied composition under Ramon Carnicer. Early in his life he…

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Intention—Our Portal to Creation

Intention—Our Portal to Creation by Elena Greco The beginning of the year is the time when people are talking about their New Year’s Resolutions. The word “resolution” has the root “resolve,” so we might think that resolutions would be strong predictors of the future. Unfortunately, we would be wrong. What most people mean by “New Year’s Resolution” is more wishful…

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THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™-Weekly Spanish Composer-Fernando Obradors

THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ This Week’s Spanish Composer: FERNANDO OBRADORS by Elena Greco July 28, 2015 Born in Barcelona, Fernando (Ferran) Jaumandreu Obradors (1897-1945) was largely self-taught in composition; he studied piano with his mother. He was a brilliant arranger of Spanish folk music, with inventive, virtuosic piano accompaniments that bring the original melodies to life without sacrificing their original…

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THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™-Weekly Spanish Composer-Eduard Toldrà

THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ This Week’s Spanish Composer: EDUARD TOLDRÀ by Elena Greco July 21, 2015 Eduard Toldrà Soler (1895-1962), born in Villanova y la Geltrú (near Barcelona), was a Spanish Catalan composer, violinist and conductor. He founded the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and greatly furthered the cause of Catalan culture. His composition students included Xavier Montsalvatge. He wrote symphonic music,…

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THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™-Weekly Spanish Composer-Jordi Sabatés

THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ This Week’s Spanish Composer: JORDI SABATÉS by Elena Greco July 14, 2015 Multi-genre pianist, composer and arranger Jordi Sabatés was born in Barcelona on October 23, 1948. He studied at the Swiss School, the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Liceo de Barcelona, and at the Faculty of Physical Sciences. Sabatés has composed film scores and theater…

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Review: “Homeland” Concert

Review:  “Homeland” Concert by Elena Greco “Homeland” Opera America, New York City Stefanos Koroneos, Baritone Thor Arbjornsson, Tenor Areti Giovanou, Piano December 2, 2015 I will probably never get respect as a music reviewer.  That’s because I could never say snarky things about singers’ performances.  Well, maybe not never, but it would be rare.  That’s because I know how hard…

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Gratitude: Why Bother?

Gratitude: Why Bother? by Elena Greco We hear a lot about gratitude. It seems like something we should be having, or aspiring to have. But what is it and how do we get some? And why bother, really? When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. ~ Willie Nelson At times our own light goes out and…

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Free and Easy Marketing: Mutual Promotion

Free and Easy Marketing: Mutual Promotion by Elena Greco November 9, 2015 Promotion in the arts is radically different than it was a few years ago.  There are many great ways to promote, some of which are expensive and some of which are not.  But there’s one way that doesn’t cost a cent:  mutual promotion. One way we can use mutual promotion…

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The Psychology of Performance

The Psychology of Performance by Elena Greco Published in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rethinking-mental-health/201511/the-psychology-performance Also published in CLASSICAL SINGER as “Overcoming Performance Anxiety” https://www.csmusic.net/content/articles/overcoming-performance-anxiety November 9, 2015 Like many performers, I started off my singing career with severe stage fright.  I never let it stop me – the inner drive to perform and make music was too strong – but it did…

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THE MUSIC SALON™-2015 December

THE MUSIC SALON™ Next meeting: Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. Upper West Side, New York City Accompanist:  Lucas Barkley Cost: $20* Bring a friend and you both attend half price! To reserve your place, contact Elena Greco at the Salon form (preferred) OR you can write to Elena at egreco@elenagreco.com by 2:00 pm Sunday, November 29. Come join us for a…

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