Links to Published Writing

Update on February 18, 2023: It would appear that all the links for these notes are dead or broken, unfortunately. I haven’t lost the pieces (I still have everything on my various drives and backups), but I need to figure out the best way to archive these annotations. At any rate, please consider this page Under Construction, and please don’t expect any of the links to work. If you are a prospective client and would like to review any of these notes in the meantime, for possible reprint purposes, send me an email at, and I’ll send you a pdf. If you like, we can discuss rates. 

For the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

On Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 (October 23 & 24). Beginning on p. 26.

On Wagner’s Parsifal and Beethoven’s Ninth (Oct. 9-11). Beginning on p. 25.

On Richard Strauss (September 25 & 26, 2015). Beginning on p. 26.

On Elgar, Glanert, Brahms (April 25 & 26, 2015). Beginning on p. 26

On Fauré, Wagner, and Bruckner (March 6 & 7, 2015). Beginning on p. 26

Click to access sls-march15-insert1-3-final.pdf

Unusual All-Beethoven Program (January 23 & January 24). Beginning on p. 26.

Click to access sls-jan15-insert2-4-final.pdf

On Brahms/Glanert and Brahms (October 4 & 5, 2014). Beginning on p. 26.

Click to access sls-oct14-insert1-4-final.pdf

On Brahms, Vaughan Williams, and Nielsen (September 12 & 13, 2014). Beginning on p. 26.

On Brahms, Wagner, and Schoenberg (March 28 & 29, 2014). Beginning on p. 26.

On Mendelssohn and Brahms (February 7-9, 2014). Beginning on p. 26.

On S. Berg, Nielsen, and Beethoven (January 10 and 11, 2014). Beginning on p. 26.

On Smetana, Sibelius, Dvorák, and Rautavaara (Joshua Bell Returns: November 29, November 30, and December 1, 2013/2014). Beginning on p. 26.

Click to access 3922.pdf

On Rossini, Paganini, and Berlioz (April 12-14, 2013). Beginning on p. 22.

On Sibelius, Prokofiev, and Sibelius (February 1-2, 2013). Beginning on p. 26.

For the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

On Adam Schoenberg, Copland, Mahler, and Respighi (June 1, 2014)

Click to access 4305.pdf

On Wagner, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky (March 23, 2014)

On Buxtehude/Chávez, Pärt, Britten, and Dvórak (November 24, 2013).

On Kabalevsky, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Shostakovich

On Bizet, Marshall, Brahms (March 10, 2013). Beginning on p. 31.

On Schubert, Glière, Rachmaninoff (May 20, 2012)

On Mozart, Stravinsky, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov (March  9, 2012).

For the Dallas Symphony

On Piazzolla and Schumann (Remix concert) (March 7 & 8, 2014)

On the music of the Cotton Club (November 8-10, 2013)

On the music of Hitchcock (October 25 & 26, 2013)  

For PlaybillArts (classical music site)

On the premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony by the SLSO (February 2008)

A Passion for Piston (January 2007)

Interview with SLSO concertmaster David Halen on Glazunov’s Violin Concerto (April 2006).

Miscellaneous Writing

On Emily Hahn (guest post on St. Louis Public Library Scribbler)

On the death of Vic Chesnutt (guest post on Boogie Woogie Flu)

On spending Christmas as a fille au pair (for the Illinois Times)

On Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine

Many, many music reviews for the Illinois Times (2004-2008)

Many, many music articles, reviews, and features for Riverfront Times and sister papers (1998-2003)

A couple of short record reviews for The Boston Phoenixé-spencer-saller/

Award-Winning Music Essays

Association of Alternative Weeklies, 2005 MUSIC CRITICISM Circulation < 50,000 First Place: Sound Patrol: Reviews of Ike Turner’s “His Woman, Her Man”; Wilco’s “A Ghost Is Born,” and Eminem’s “Encore.”

Interview regarding AAN award:

Other AAN awards:  


2 thoughts on “Links to Published Writing

  1. I knew your writing career has been impressive. But – I did not know how extensive. You are so insightful and deep into the meaning of your subjects, be they people, literature, music, or everyday life events. So much consideration! I am impressed!


    • Aw, thank you so much, Lecil. That is very kind of you to say. I’m glad you enjoyed dipping into it. I plan to start posting more of my Dallas annotations soon; the vast majority of my program notes aren’t online, only published in the printed programs.


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