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I’m unclear – are those pieces of clarinet, or sheet music?

Important Note for Facebook Fans

This post is largely utilitarian in nature and addresses the following topics:

  1. It has come to my attention that Facebook recently changed their setting so that, even if you become a fan of a page or person, not all of their posts will show on your news feed (FB homepage). This means that if you rely on FB to alert you to new AB posts, you may be left in the dark, and your life doesn’t deserve that kind of tragedy. I urge you to head to the Ain’t Baroque Facebook page, like it if you haven’t already, and then – this is the important bit – hover over that same button you just “liked”; a drop down menu will appear. Now select “Show in News Feed”; for bonus points, you can also click “Get Notifications”, which I believe means FB will email you every time I post. Doesn’t that sound fun?

    If you need help, FB has a page on the topic, or you can comment here and I’ll walk you through it as best I can.

  2. I went to a Flogging Molly concert on Tuesday. Before the concert, I tweeted at them that I hope to hear my favorite song (“Another Bag of Bricks”; thank you for asking!). THEY OPENED WITH IT. I am taking the position that this had everything to do with my request and nothing whatsoever to do with coincidence. I will NOT be entertaining alternate theories, understood? Behold the power of social media!


Right then. Carry on!

Deserved revenge

The below was sent to me by my esteemed colleague Clift. Speaking for myself, I LOL’d.

Afterwards I LOL’d again, because there are 22 comments to this particular reddit and they all contain horrendous composer puns. I strongly encourage you to click the link and see them for yourself, but I must share my personal favorite: “Oh, yeah, I burned them like I burn my beets… in my beethoven.” AS WELL YOU SHOULD.

The terrible twos

Today Ain’t Baroque is two years old, and with age comes wisdom, yes? So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been pondering my mission.

As you may have read, this blog was begun as the cornerstone of my thesis for my arts management masters; at the time I was interning for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and I centered a large chunk of my content around the BSO. When the project ended, I found that I enjoyed having this forum, and so I carried on.

Sadly my official association with the BSO came to an end last year, and as such the my direction has had to evolve. I still mention the BSO quite a bit, but I have — out of necessity and desire both — shifted the focus. And I have wondered — what is AB for? *

To educate? No; I like to think that I dispense interesting factoids here and there, but I am not a professional musician, musicologist, or otherwise qualified for such a goal. To promote? Kind of, but I have found that the posts that prove most popular are the ones where I ramble on about my own opinions.

That is my answer, I think — I am here to think about classical music and how it has shaped my life, and in so doing, ask you to do the same. And because my approach is whimsical by nature, well, irreverence it shall be!

I hope you like it. I hope you’ll stay on, and encourage others to join the party. I hope you’ll ponder my queries and add your own stories. Because I love doing this, and I’d love to do more of it — but I can’t without you. I seem to recall saying this before, but I still believe it to be true: a blog cannot exist within a vacuum.

So subscribe! Tweet! Like AB on Facebook! Because one day AB is going to rule the world, and you want to get in good with me while you can, don’t you? šŸ˜€

Bee tee dubs, do you like the new layout? Hang tight, because I’ll be posting a State of the Blog address later today.

* Did you know that there’s actually no grammar rule that forbids ending a sentence with a preposition? Thank God, because sometimes the “proper” way sounds twisted and weird.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (with apologies to Cory Doctorow)

It’s time once again for the favorite of posts: my trip photo recap! Hotcha!

And this was a bit of a historic event, because it was my 10th lifetime trip to Walt Disney World (assuming you don’t count last January when I went to Downtown Disney for a few hours, which I don’t). Why Jenn, you say, aren’t you tired of it by now? To which I reply: WHY AM I NOT THERE RIGHT NOW?!?! I just collapsed over my keyboard sobbing. Way to go.

Let’s relive it through some of my musical WDW experiences while I attempt to stem this tide of bitter tears, shall we?

As always, I tweeted about the trip as I went along. The hashtag was #baroquewdw, but I won’t bother linking it because Twitter will deny you. I’m afraid you’ll have to dig back through my Twitter feed if you want to find them. Oh, and to see larger versions of the below photos and some bonus photos not included in this post, check out the latest AB Facebook album.

Lunch our first day was at the Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany pavilion. It is, as you might have guessed, an Oktoberfest-type joint, with a buffet that offers such Teutonic fare as schnitzel, spaetzel, Bavarian cheesecake, and ALL the sausage. And of course there’s beer.

Oops, that’s not musical; how did that get in there? (WHY AM I NOT IN EPCOT RIGHT NOW, DRINKING GERMAN BEER?!?!)

I’ll tell you what is musical: a traditional German oompah band! Yes!

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So’s your face!

Okay, so initially I planned to have this extensive beta testing period wherein I tried out various post times and types and added lots of pictures and video and garnered reactions, but I have decided after some thought that this is stupid — far better to throw it to the wolves and see what comes out alive. (Or something. This metaphor isn’t quite working but I’m not sure why so I’m just going to move on.) Therefore, I present to you in its infancy:


Excited? I thought so! Posts will go there, so if you’re not on Twitter or don’t follow it regularly or just lose posts in the shuffle, here’s another way to keep track of your favorite blog. It’s also that much easier to share with your friends and family, which I’m sure you do all the time, right? Right! And there will be exclusive content. There already is — check out the photo albums for Never Before Seen Pictures!

So yes. Go be an Ain’t Baroque fan. Or I will cry. You don’t want to make a girl cry, do you?

P. S. So’s your face always makes sense.

Midori! Get your discount Midori here!

Speaking of hooking you up, did you ever think you could get 40% tickets to hear and see friggin’ MIDORI play live with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra? No? I DIDN’T THINK SO. And that is why you have me – to inform you of these things. Read it and weep (tears of joy):

Special Offer: $25 Tickets

Share this event with your friends and instantly get a Promo Code for $25 Tickets to Midori with the BSO. All you have to do is click the share button.

Easy! Magical, even!

Never mind Midori, even; the program is killer by itself. You’ve got your Glinka, you’ve got your Shostakovich (!!!!!!), but most importantly, YOU HAVE STRAVINSKY’S PETROUCHKA. Ack ack ack ack ack! I LOVE Petrouchka. It’s all at once dark and whimsical, clever and comic and brooding. Very Russian, no?

Thursday, October 21 at 8 pm at Strathmore. Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 at 8 pm at the Meyerhoff. That’s three opportunities. Two locations. $25 tickets. No excuses.