Author Archives: Izzy Yellen

Meditations on Music: LSO’s Symphonic Dances

The Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra, conduected by Mark Dupere. Photo by Marieke De Koker. It is not often I go to the large ensemble concerts, but seeing that Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” as well as Rachmaninoff (who I had never really heard—somehow—but only knew from Frank O’Hara’s poems) were on the program convinced

Meditations on Music: Esperanza Spalding’s “Exposure”

Songwriter/bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding has yet again shown how energetic a creator she is. With her sixth album, she has taken a wildly different approach from those she had taken with her previous releases—and wildly different from any other artist, for that matter. Even with 2016’s “Emily’s D+Evolution,” a stark contrast to her jazz roots based

Meditations on Music: Work Friends and The Burstein Boys

While on break, two entirely different music groups near and dear to my heart released two entirely different EPs. The day after Thanksgiving, jazz rock quintet Work Friends debuted with their eponymous recording. On Christmas Eve, The Burstein Boys, a unique and comical boy band, made available their second recording, “A Very Merry Burstein Boys

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