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Lara is a founding member of 2 Cents Sharp, a blog group dedicated to sparking discussions about the classical music business in the 21st century, as well as the diversity of music, people, and experiences it encompasses. Click here to go to the 2¢♯ directly, or read through Lara’s blogs below.

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UNCONVENTIONAL PERFORMANCE SPACES PART 2: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MUSIC IN A BARN

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By Lara Saldanha

I moved to the Pacific Northwest, known to be one of the quirkier regions in the United States, about a month ago. Having been thinking aboutunconventional performance experiences, I decided to embrace my new location and seek out classical music experiences off the beaten track. The concert I found, part of the Olympic Music Festival, was nothing like I’d ever seen before: Ray Chen and Julio Elizalde playing Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Ysaÿe, and de Falla in a barn. Continue Reading……. 

 

 

A STRING QUARTET IN A BAR? THOUGHTS ON PERFORMANCES IN UNCONVENTIONAL SPACES

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By Lara Saldanha

The summer after my freshman year of music school, I returned home to Geneva, Switzerland, fresh from piano juries. In the summer, Geneva comes alive with cafés and ice cream stands on the lakefront, paddleboats for rent, swimming in the lake, and stages set up for dancing in the evenings. What I hadn’t realized was that that year, Geneva had made an addition to its summer offerings—pianos in public spaces labeled “Jouez, je suis à vous” or “Play me, I’m yours.” Continue Reading…….. 

 

 

REFLECTIONS ON THE DUAL-DEGREE DILEMMA

By Lara Saldanha

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In junior year of high school, when I began researching music/liberal arts dual-degree programs, I ran into this article written by David Lane, the Director of Admissions at Peabody. It is the definitive explanation of the various types of musical/academic combination programs available to undergraduates. I also remember feeling distinctly uncomfortable reading his conclusions about the type of student that should pursue a dual-degree. Continue Reading…..