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"Something Weird This Way Comes" Mar 4, 2010

Yesterday Brendan Kiley began trying to piece together Goebbels and what will be happening onstage this weekend:

This weekend at On the Boards, German composer/spectacle maker Heiner Goebbels will present his Songs of Wars I Have Seen, based on Gertrude Stein's memoir about being an American expatriate during WWII. I know next to nothing about Goebbels, but video clips of his other performances are deeply, magnetically odd and dreamy.

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Meet the conductor, Anu Tali Mar 3, 2010

Anu Tali is a world-class conductor (she's got cred)  who has been travelling the world to lead Songs of Wars I Have Seen and is in town right now with Heiner Goebbels helping put together the show for this weekend. A couple quick things to note about her: *By the age of 30 she founded an orchestra featuring the top musicians from around the world. *She conducts frequently in her homeland of Estonia, but makes international trips on special projects, such as this one.

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"It's like we live in a real city" Mar 3, 2010

Michael van Baker at the SunBreak posted a review of Icebreaker and a quick preview of Songs of Wars I Have Seen this weekend. How to sum it all up? How about this:

"It's exciting. It's like we live in a real city, where our artistic William Tells don't aim their arrows squarely at the middlebrow, but at the not-quite-attainable apple."

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Songs of Wars I Have Seen in rehearsal Mar 2, 2010

Our building is FULL of musicians and singers getting ready for the weekend. I can't think of a time that I've seen so many instruments and music stands out on the stage and know that a couple coworkers are thinking the same thing. Here's a snapshot of our Mainstage Theater  right now:

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The Aesthetics of Heiner Goebbels Mar 2, 2010

So you've read the beginner's guide to Heiner Goebbels. What next? A short essay on the aesthetics of this composer. Dr. Kersten Glandien delivered this paper at a School of Sound symposium in 2005 and then made it available online. In the opening Glandien says "[h]is approaches challenged our conventions of thinking and, believe me, we needed it."

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Songs about war - what's your favorite? Feb 24, 2010

There are plenty of love songs out there, but how about songs about war? An about.com posting lists the following as the top 10 songs related to war: 1. Eminem - Mosh - 2004 2. Paul Hardcastle - 19 - 1985 3. John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band - Give Peace a Chance - 1969 4. Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction - 1965 5. Metallica - One - 1989 6. Paper Lace - Billy, Don't Be a Hero - 1974 7. SSgt. Barry Sadler - The Ballad of the Green Berets - 1966 8.

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Looking back at the debut of Pacific Musicworks Feb 23, 2010

Almost a year ago, Pacific Musicworks (then known as Pacific Operaworks) made a splashy debut in a high profile production of Return of Ulyssses that included partnerships with William Kentridge and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company.

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