Author: Ernest Sturdevant

May You Live In Interesting Times

The irony of the contemporary anonymous bromide, May you live in interesting times,  a curse masquerading as a blessing, has never been truer during my lifetime than now, November of 2016.   America’s former poet laureate Robert Haas has the eloquence and grace to offer a deeper context with Faint Music, especially this excerpt: “…When everything broken is broken, and everything dead is… Read more →

John Prindle Scott et al

American art & sacred song composer John Prindle Scott (1877-1932) began his performing career as a concert baritone, but incipient deafness turned him to composition. His sacred song, Come, Ye Blessed, a tuneful and vocally gracious setting of Matthew 25: 34-36, remains popular as it has made its way into contemporary sacred song anthologies. Many Thanks to pianist, Kate Sauer &… Read more →

Remembering Arleen Auger

With a nod to David Letterman’s entertaining bit, Brush with Greatness, I often recall my personal encounter with the lovely soprano, Arleen Auger, as a student at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City, at my part time job with The Friends of Chamber Music, the producing organization for her local concert appearance. As was typical for many of her American contemporaries, after… Read more →