Author Archives: Michael

Coming Up: Carmen

JoAnn’s next performance will be in West Bay Opera’s production of Carmen, where she will sing in the chorus. Sarah Barber sings the title role. I have not heard her before, but the chorus is saying great things about her. … Continue reading

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ISMIR 2008 Wrapup

Last week’s ISMIR 2008 conference on music information retrieval was another grand success. It was great to meet several people who I had only corresponded with before on the MusicXML developer mailing list, including Geoff Chirgwin, Joachim Ganseman, and Phil … Continue reading

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Coming Up: ISMIR 2008

Next week is the annual International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, known as ISMIR for short. It started out 8 years ago as a symposium in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Since then it has grown into a full-fledged conference, but the ISMIR … Continue reading

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MusicXML – The Next Generation

Recordare completed our September product launches yesterday. In the past two weeks we have released: Dolet 4 for Sibelius, our plug-in for saving MusicXML files from Sibelius. This version works with Sibelius 5, saves MusicXML 2.0 files, and has a … Continue reading

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Lazy XML Design

A lot of the success of the MusicXML format has come from its iterative development, driven by the increasingly sophisticated needs of our customers and their applications. MusicXML 1.0 started out by representing musical semantics with some formatting data. This … Continue reading

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The Demon Barber of Fremont

So reads the headline of Janos Gerberen’s rave review of Fremont Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at San Francisco Classical Voice. He did not mention the chorus other than to say that we were not large, but there were only … Continue reading

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Coming Up: The Barber of Seville

Next weekend I will be singing in the chorus of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Fremont Opera. Jonathon Field is stage director and David Sloss is conductor. This is the same artistic team that I have performed with in … Continue reading

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Cabrillo Festival 2008 – Riffs and Refrains

Cabrillo came up with another winner in last night’s concert, featuring works by Matthew Cmiel, Mark Anthony Turnage, John Corigliano, and John Adams. I was particularly taken with the Turnage and Adams works. Turnage’s concerto Riffs and Refrains featured spectacular … Continue reading

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