WNIJ's Carl Nelson speaks with Mark Robinson, new owner of The House Cafe (January 11, 2017).
DeKalb’s live music scene has struggled in recent years. Popular venues have been boarded up or changed hands. The House Cafe is moving forward with plans to fill a void for music fans. WNIJ's Carl Nelson interviewed the Cafe's newest owner.
Classical composers have long had their patrons: Beethoven had Archduke Rudolph, John Cage had Betty Freeman. For contemporary opera composers, there's Beth Morrison. She and her production company have commissioned new works from some of the most innovative emerging composers today.
Ben Johnston doesn't follow the rules of music. Sure, he's got degrees from two colleges and a conservatory. But from an early age, Johnston heard music differently. When he was growing up in Georgia, he questioned the standard scales he was taught in school. "I played by ear and I invented my own chords," he says.