I have written on numerous topics and in various contexts. My goal with this collection of sample pieces is to give a sense of myself as a writer in the big picture, to provide examples of my style and my ability to find and express a narrative.
Music: look at me using my degree. These are program notes I wrote for Chamber Music Tulsa, for their “evening salon” concert series aimed at reaching new audiences and introducing unfamiliar listeners to classical music, and concert reviews I wrote as their “field agent” scouting interesting ensembles to book for upcoming seasons.
- Modigliani Quartet Nov. 2016 program notes – Mozart and Ravel in turbulent times.
- Calidore Quartet – program notes Sep. 2017 – these were fun to write, the underlying theme of the concert turned out to be music inspired by spoken language.
- Concert Review – Minetti Quartet Show Viennese Character, 3-31-16 Mendelssohn, Beethoven, beer, caffeine, Type-A friends in party dresses, and Kafka.
- Concert review – Chiara Quartet, Bartok By Heart, 8-31-16 – These lunatics played some of the most difficult works in the repertoire and made it look easy. With discourse on folk music and the limitations of Western musical notation.
- Verona Quartet at Carnegie Hall 2-7-17 – A young quartet just out of school, so good they made me start exasperatedly criticizing the limitations of the “academic” model that early-career classical musicians are often trapped in.
The romance of football: These are a small selection, and happen to be my favorites, of the articles I wrote for Italian Football Daily in 2014-15. We were mostly a news-oriented site but whenever possible I pitched longer-form player profiles and – especially – explorations of the history of the game and its great characters.
- “Gianfranco Zigoni: Jesus, Che Guevara and Myself.” One of the most bizarre figures of a bizarre era: an eccentric striker in Dolce Vita 1970s Italy.
- “Vittorio Pozzo: A General At War.” The Italian national team’s most successful coach and an important revolutionizer of the game’s tactics – and a favorite of Benito Mussolini.
- “Gigi Riva: The Roar of Thunder.” Orphaned poor boy from the north moves to Sardinia, becomes legend.
Personal essays and creative writing: Admit it, everybody does it. Here are a few blog pieces that I’m mildly proud of.