During the year about to end we posted over 125 times: quite a few reviews of CD’s but very little coverage of live performances, due to the devastating effects that Covid 19 has had on the arts.
We shared some good (and some not so good) news of interest to people who follow the performing arts and to those who practice them.
We posted a series of candid reports by friends in the arts who responded to our request to share with our readers their experiences during these days of the Pandemic. And we honored several artists who left us during 2020.
Throughout 2020 we stayed busy and in touch with a following that honored us with 12,225 visits from places far and wide, from Algeria to Zimbabwe.
To all our loyal followers and to friends long term and new from here and there we send heartfelt wishes for health, peace and enjoyment of the arts throughout the coming year.
Rafael de Acha has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts as a performer, stage director, producer, and educator. He was born and grew up in Cuba. At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to study Drama at the University of Minnesota, and later Languages at L.A. City College, Music at the Juilliard School of Music, at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he received the Master's degree. He has taught courses on the History of Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at Florida International University, and contributed writings and reviews to Seen and Heard International (www.seenandheard-international.com ) and to this blog. He co-founded the award-winning New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where he produced and staged twenty seasons of classical and contemporary theater, including fifty world premieres of plays that went on to have international and national productions on and off Broadway, including Ana in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2002 and Tony Nomination 2003.) In 2006 he was presented with a citation from The Dade County Cultural Affairs Council for “trailblazing contributions to the arts in South Florida.”
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