Editorial
The Problem with Trump, Part VII: Enough is Enough

Nathan Gunn

Beth Morrison's '21C Liederabend. Op. LA' at Disney Hall was a good idea (but next time, rethink the presentation, please)

Beth Morrison's '21C Liederabend. Op. LA' at Disney Hall was a good idea (but next time, rethink the presentation, please)

All the world, iTunes tells us, is a song. But if one-size-fits-all digital platforms can't distinguish among a symphony, a raga and "Eleanor Rigby," the real world sometimes has the opposite problem.

Although song form lies at the heart of popular culture, art songs have become box-office horror. Singers still sing them and record them. Composers still write them. But the song recital is a barely viable thing, and institutions wonder what to do.

SongFest celebrates its 20th anniversary in June with a month-long training program and concerts at the Colburn School in hopes of inspiring young singers to protect and repopulate an endangered species.

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