Author Archives: Michael

Five Years at MakeMusic

Today marks my fifth anniversary at MakeMusic. So how have things worked out since then? We have made great progress, and there is still much more work ahead of us. Continue reading

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Coming Up – Sousa’s El Capitan

I will be playing the role of Señor Amabile Pozzo in Lyric Theatre’s concert production of El Capitan by John Philip Sousa. Performances will be on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 pm at Fremont High School’s Shannon Theatre in Sunnyvale. Continue reading

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John Cage’s Renga at San Francisco Symphony

For one night only, there was an amazing all John Cage concert that was absolutely stunning. What really lifted it into genius was to perform Renga together with excerpts from the Lecture on Nothing, a key writing of John Cage’s musical philosophy included in his classic collection Silence. Continue reading

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Three Utopias

Next month I will be joining a rare class of musician: someone who has performed in three different productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s late masterwork Utopia, Limited. Continue reading

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The Magic Flute at West Bay Opera

As my summer break from music rehearsals comes to an end, I wanted to be sure to look back at our production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at West Bay Opera. Continue reading

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MakeMusic Universal File Format Comes to SmartMusic

Today, MakeMusic updated our SmartMusic applications for Windows, Mac, and iPad to open SmartMusic accompaniments in both the new file format (.smpx) and the old file format (.smp). Continue reading

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L’elisir d’amore at West Bay Opera

West By Opera’s production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore opened on Valentine’s Day and closed last Sunday. Four sold-out houses and many local critics enjoyed themselves immensely, but perhaps not quite as much as the cast and crew of this production. Continue reading

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Leland C. Smith: 1925 – 2013

The world of music notation software has lost one of our pioneers. Leland C. Smith, creator of the SCORE music printing system, died on December 17, 2013 at his home in Palo Alto, California. Continue reading

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