My story on the Ojai Music Festival, to begin this evening, featuring the great Dawn Upshaw (here).
…when asked how it felt to be proclaimed a genius to the world, Upshaw,
speaking on the phone from her studio in New York, sounds
ever-so-slightly embarrassed, insisting that “only the media” call it
the genius grant, saying she was “totally shocked,” but laughingly
admitting that “sometimes it’s useful with my children. When they’re
not listening to me, I remind them that other people have called me a
genius, believe it or not!”