In 1914, Admiral George Dewey wrote this letter to a young Canadian boy who had been named for him in the wake of the Battle of Manila Bay.
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Why is it worth it to drive a long way just for a music lesson? My show this week on KWBU takes on that question.
“Teaching is a crucial if often overlooked part of the art world. In some ways it’s not unlike teaching history, or at least how I approach it. A music teacher isn’t just teaching technique in the same way that I’m not just teaching a list of names and dates. I tell my students—and basically anyone who’ll listen—that there’s so much history I can’t hope to teach but a fraction of it. What I want to do for my students is show them that history is worth caring about and involves a way of thinking that is continually enlightening and enriching. To show them that is something they can really get into, even love.”
My show on KWBU-FM this week looks at–and listens to–some of the work of American composer Charles Ives, in particular his amazing Second Symphony. It’s well worth a serious listen.
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Tomorrow (Wednesday the 6th), this 1969 David Hockney painting comes up for sale at Christie’s auction house in London. It’s one of Hockney’s best works and it portrays one of the most important figures in the art world in the second half of the 20th century.