Stephen Mager: Composer -- Conductor

Monthly Archives: June 2012

In defense of fine arts – I

5 May, 2012. The following remarks were prompted by a discussion I had recently about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his critical stance on the National Endowment for the Arts. As someone whose work (and yes, musicians really do work!) is a contribution to American cultural life, I would like to further address a [...]

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In defense of fine arts – II

6 May, 2012. The following is a continuation of my discussion of the National Endowment for the Arts and the issue of public support for the performing arts. Some will point to our accelerating national deficit as an area of grave concern. Yes, of course, this is a valid concern. But compared to excessive defense [...]

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In defense of fine arts – III

9 May, 2012. The third and final installment in a discussion of the value and significance of public funding for the arts. In advocating the elimination of national support of the arts, some people are arguing economics. I suggest we look beyond that, and  consider our fundamental values, because the money we spend is an [...]

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