Author Archives: Michael

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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Finale 2014 File Format

On November 4, MakeMusic released Finale 2014, the latest update to our flagship music notation software. One of the most prominent features of Finale 2014 is its brand new file format which is now forward and backward compatible. Continue reading

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Music at MIT Oral History Collection

The Music at MIT Oral History Project has now grown into the Music at MIT Oral History Collection. This innovative, open access digital collection is one example of the research library transformation championed by Ann Wolpert, the late Director of Libraries at MIT. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Missa solemnis, Take 2

My final subscription concerts of the season with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus are happening this weekend. Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct us in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. It has been such a joy to come back to this piece and be able to take it to the next level. Continue reading

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A Musical April – Beethoven, Handel, Musikmesse

April is turning into a very musical month. First, a marvelous San Francisco Symphony program of Handel and Mozart. On Tuesday, the release of the first recording I’ve made with the Chorus: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The next day, Musikmesse begins in Frankfurt. Continue reading

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