A Choral Fantasia for GLBTQ Families

A Choral Fantasia for GLBTQ Families

“It was so moving to work on this the same year the Supreme Court ruling came out,” says Clearfield, who wrote much of the composition at BMC.

National Anthem: Arise! Arise!

National Anthem: Arise! Arise!

Jean Rohe’s alternative national anthem “Arise! Arise!” has now been performed by choirs and artists across the country and was published in the popular songbook Rise Up Singing.

Voice and Hammer: Harry Belafonte's Unfinished Fight

Voice and Hammer: Harry Belafonte’s Unfinished Fight

Belafonte was first. First black man to win a Tony; one of the first to star in an all-black Hollywood hit (Carmen Jones, 1954); first to turn down starring roles (To Sir, With Love ; Lilies of the Field ; Porgy and Bess ; Shaft) because, he said, he’d play no part that put a black man on his knees or made of him a cartoon. We’re here in this screening room to watch a forgotten hour of television for which he won the first Emmy awarded to a black man for production, for being in charge.

Some Places Are Forever: New Music Inspired by Richard Hugo’s Poems

Some Places Are Forever: New Music Inspired by Richard Hugo’s Poems

Composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz, a repeat resident and father of former BMC staffer Nica Horvitz, has just released Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo), a suite of instrumental interpretations of poems by poet Richard Hugo.  Wayne and Nica researched the project on a two-week trip through Montana to visit places mentioned in Hugo’s work.  Nica chronicled the journey in a photo blog.  Wayne gathered musician colleagues from the groups Sweeter Than the Day and The Gravitas Quartet to record the work.

If Not For You

If Not For You

Bob Dylan’s autobiography Chronicles offers a good demonstration of the old saw that great artists steal — though in fact, I wish we’d get rid of the theft image here. Let us say instead that great artists are commoners. They enter and live in that vast inheritance, the cultural commons.

Would it be possible to map Dylan’s own debts to that heritage? He himself tells us a lot about where to look.

Labor Troubadour Tackles Climate Change 1

Labor Troubadour Tackles Climate Change

Joe Uehlein, a former AFL-CIO official who now is President of the Labor Network for Sustainability, kicked off the final session of this year’s Just Giving conference—a summit of sorts bringing forward-looking foundations and activists under one roof to explore winning strategies for a green, equitable economy.