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Congratulations to our good friend, composer Michael Daugherty, on his big win(s) at the 2017 Grammy Awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his Tales of Hemingway, Best Classical Compendium for the album of the same name, with Zuill Bailey also winning Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his performance on it. Well deserved! Read more here.

A major passing in the classical music world came on February 4 with the death of English clarinetist and conductor, Gervase de Peyer, at the age of 90. Here is an appreciation from the London Symphony Orchestra, for which de Peyer served as Principal Clarinet for 17 years and also a nice vintage educational film on Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, breaking down the various elements of the work, following by a complete performance, with de Peyer on clarinet.

And a great passing in the literary world has come with the death on February 5 of beloved poet and teacher, Thomas Lux, whose utterly unique vision made him one of America’s finest and most compelling literary voices—and whom I myself was fortunate to count as a teacher. Here are appreciations from the Poetry Foundation, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Atlantic Monthly and The Boston Globe. Thomas Lux was a wonderful reader of his poetry as well. Here he is, reading two of my favorite of his poems: "Refigerator, 1957"  and "I Love You Sweatheart" and, for those that would like a more generous helping, here are links to videos of full readings of his in New Jersey and another right here in Grand Rapids at Aquinas College in the school’s Contemporary Writers Series (in fact I just noticed I can be seen slipping into to my seat just as the introduction is beginning!).

Some thoughts from the always insightful, incisive and interesting Alex Ross, of The New Yorker,  on Making Art in a time of Rage.

Oprah Winfrey has sold a famed Gustav Klimt Portrait for $150 Million (with the sale revealing Winfrey to have been the owner of the iconic work). You can read the story here.

Finally, legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau has died at the age of 76. Here are tributes from The New York Times, Ebony and Los Angeles Times.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” –Pablo Picasso

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