Special Coverage http://kajx.org en Robert McDuffie http://kajx.org/post/robert-mcduffie <p>Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Symphonies, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, and all of the major orchestras of Australia.</p><p>He gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons” a work written for Robert McDuffie with the Toronto Symphony. During the 2010–2011 season, McDuffie completed a 30-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He has also played the Glass with the National Symphony of Mexico, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Hamburg Ballet, the Nashville, Louisiana, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, and Colorado Symphonies, the Poznan Philharmonic of Poland, the Prague Philharmonia at the Prague Spring Festival, with the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Holland and Belgium, at the Belgrade Music Festival, and, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle.</p><p>Robert McDuffie is the founder of the&nbsp;<a href="http://romechamberfestival.org/" target="_blank">Rome Chamber Music Festival</a>. He was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, in recognition of his contribution to the city’s cultural life. He served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City where he was chairman of the artistic and education committee. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Robert McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg.”<br /><br />Robert McDuffie Official Website:<a href="http://www.robertmcduffie.com/"> http://www.robertmcduffie.com/</a></p><p>Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University: <a href="http://departments.mercer.edu/mcduffie/">http://departments.mercer.edu/mcduffie/</a><br /><br /> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 15528 at http://kajx.org Robert McDuffie First Draft - Dani Shapiro http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-dani-shapiro <p>Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs <em>Devotion</em> and <em>Slow Motion</em>, and five novels including <em>Black &amp; White</em> and <em>Family History</em>. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her new book is called <a href="http://danishapiro.com/books/still-writing/"><em>Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life</em></a>.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 13752 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Dani Shapiro First Draft - James Salter http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-james-salter <p><strong>James Salter</strong> grew up in New York City and was a career officer and Air Force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel, <em>The Hunters</em> (1957), led to a fulltime writing career. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose has earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. His novel,&nbsp;<em>A Sport and a Pastime</em> (1967), was hailed by the <em>New York Times</em> as “nearly perfect as any American fiction.” His latest book,&nbsp;<em>All That Is,</em> was published to critical acclaim in 2013. He lives in New York and Aspen.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 10754 at http://kajx.org First Draft - James Salter First Draft - Adam Haslett http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-adam-haslett <p>Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here and the novel Union Atlantic. His story collection was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. His journalism and fiction have appeared in The Financial Times, Esquire, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope All-Story, Best American Short Stories, and The O'Henry Prize Stories. A graduate of Swarthmore College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Yale Law School, he has been a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University. <a href="http://www.adamhaslett.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.adamhaslett.net</a></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 7880 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Adam Haslett Audio Canvas - Fall at the Ranch http://kajx.org/post/audio-canvas-fall-ranch <p>From the first week of June to Labor Day, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is full of working artists, children's workshops, firing kilns, busy cafe kitchen staff, artist lectures, and a variety of other events on and off the campus (to touch on a few). Anderson Ranch's campus closes down for the first week of September, but the season doesn't stop there. Three more works of intensive workshops and artists-in-residence keep the autumn busy. Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of Anderson Ranch, sat down to explain what exactly happens when the busy weeks of summer come to a close.&nbsp;</p><p>More information on Anderson Ranch can be found <a href="http://www.andersonranch.org">here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:47:28 +0000 Cornelia Carpenter 6946 at http://kajx.org Audio Canvas - Fall at the Ranch