Longform interview with Michael Avitabile, artistic director of Hub New Music

Hub New Music, from left: Mike Avitabile, flute; David Dziardziel, clarinet; Orin Alan Laursen, violin; Allison Drenkow, cello. This and all other pictures by Nile Scott Shots, courtesy HNM.

I first met Michael Avitabile at a house show hosted by his group, Hub New Music. It was a Friday night in Jamaica Plain and I was looking for a musical fix. You never know what you’ll find at these Groupmuse-type things, but Michael and his group played an ambitious program, including music by red-hot composer Mason Bates (The Life of Birds) alongside Bach’s The Art of Fugue.

Hub New Music are a collective specializing in exacting new-music performances and collaborations with living composers. As the orchestra job market tightens and audience numbers dwindle, groups like Hub New Music offer an enticing way forward. In short, Hub New Music is a group you should pay attention to.

You can read much more about Hub New Music here.

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Go from CDA novice to pro in four easy steps

Most people read Classical Dark Arts by subscribing to our twice-monthly newsletter. It’s messy, impassioned, and occasionally entertaining. It emanates from CDA headquarters (currently in Berlin) where dysfunction reigns supreme, where a beleaguered staff still manages, somehow, to drop CDA mailers in your inbox that land like a ton of bricks.

While you wait on the next mailer, here are a few posts to catch you up. These are a sort of “greatest hits” or as close as this site will get. After reading and listening to these items, you’ll be a certified CDA professional. Continue reading “Go from CDA novice to pro in four easy steps”

A healthy diet of classical links

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Elvera Voth’s unshakable faith in art


Elvera Voth is a storied conductor who made a name for herself in the choral music world of Anchorage, Alaska. Voth came up in a time when it was unusual for a woman to lead a chorus, but saw incredible success in spite of that fact. She founded the Anchorage Boys Choir, the University of Alaska Singers, and served as director of the Anchorage Lyric Opera, among many other activities. Continue reading “Elvera Voth’s unshakable faith in art”