From Pigs to Horned Hel...

“I grew up on a farm. Whenever I could, I’d sneak off and sing to the pigs. They were a great audience – never criticized or complained – they just stood there, eating and grunting. Singing to them gave me the freedom to sing out and express myself, and to practice...

A Joyous Frame of Mind:...

Music Beat Music events filling the holiday season By Peter Jacobi H-T Columnist There’s a pause in the music for Thanksgiving, save for an event with a look-ahead purpose: the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Holly Days Christmas,” a cheery affair devoted to put us in a...

Impressive Debut: HT Re...

CONCERT REVIEWS: BLOOMINGTON SYMPHONY AND MORE Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s new conductor makes impressive debut By Peter Jacobi H-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com Good news. The new music director and conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra made his local debut...

Herald Times Preview of...

Music Beat by Peter Jacobi, H-T Columnist Sunday, September 25, 2016 photo courtesy of Adam Schwartz, WFIU How about a Bloomington Symphony Orchestra concert with a new and intriguing conductor on the podium and music from the opera as content? How about the first concert in the new...

Music Beat: Get ready f...

By Peter Jacobi H-T Columnist Aug 28, 2016 It begins. After a very sleepy month of August, the Bloomington musical events series for 2016-17 gets under way. We will have music! As usual, the season calendar contains gifts for everyone., whether you like early music or contemporary,...

HT Review: Poetic Licen...

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, local poets create a celebration Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016 12:00 am By Peter Jacobi H-T Reviewer | The concert was labeled “Poetic License — A Marriage of Music and Poetry.” It involved the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, artistic...

WFIU’s Arts &...

WFIU’s Yael Ksander recently attended a rehearsal for Poetic License, taking notes, interviewing poets and musicians, and getting a fantastic story about the concert. You can see and hear her insights on their website. The feature will air on WFIU this Friday, February 12th. Hope to...

Delightful Holiday Fare...

MUSIC REVIEW: ‘HOLLY DAYS’ Bloomington Symphony Orchestra provides delightful holiday fare Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 12:00 am By Peter Jacobi H-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com | Holiday programs are celebrations. They exist to make folks happy. They’re not...