Nachito Herrera in Kansas City

American Orchestras, Arts Funding, and International Musical Politics after the Election

What does the 2012 election mean for arts funding and the future of symphony orchestras in this country? In the wake of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba’s first U.S. tour, I look at different approaches to supporting the arts and speculate as to how our orchestras can thrive again. Continue reading American Orchestras, Arts Funding, and International Musical Politics after the Election

Romney/Ryan 2012 and the Nostalgia of Republican Campaign Music

Music has been used in Presidential campaigns since the days of Washington, and this year is no different. This post analyzes the music of the Romney/Ryan ticket, the unintentional controversies it has stirred up, and how it tries selling these candidates to voters through nostalgia. Continue reading Romney/Ryan 2012 and the Nostalgia of Republican Campaign Music