Comedy and Classical Music Collide

kStrahmFor the past two years, I’ve been sneaking around Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for the Arts Music Department filming the funny parts. Many people suppose that a university music department is a serious institution, and that the high-brow art comes from the tortured souls that know no laughter or humor. Wrong! Along with the tradition of audience behavior rules and 12-tone serialism that makes you question music expression that came about only a century or so ago, musicians and composers alike are some of the funniest people I know. So why not share the humanistic qualities that comes from the soul of composers, down through their pens onto paper, through the eyes and heart of performers to the…well, not to the audience. That would be low-brow.

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