Merry Christmas!

A couple Christmas videos for you: One with my friend Avanti Nagral at Adams House's Winter Feast, the other attempting to play "Silent Night" on the organ.

A Christmas version of Hallelelujah at a Winter feast - let’s bring in the holiday spirit early ❤️ (FULL VERSION in bio) with @jaballest @onthegoldcoast - thank you to my beautiful roommate for taking this video! (Courtesy of Avanti Nagral)

Christmas pipes from Adams House! (Note that I don’t actually play organ. You’ve been warned. 😶)

State of American orchestras

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra reviewed the 2014-15 season in a wide range of American orchestras, and the stats are fascinating.  Highlights include:

  • the 10th most performed composer (Prokofiev) was performed about 3 times as many times as the most performed living composer (John Adams)
  • the average composition date for a piece is 1886, with pieces written since 2000 making up less than 10% of performances
  • over 98% of compositions performed are by men, but don't worry: men composed only 85% of pieces performed by living composers