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Cliburn: Searching for Rough Among the Diamonds

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Can the world's preeminent piano competition anoint a truly original artist?

Every four years the Van Cliburn Foundation sends a panel of pianists and preeminent keyboard pedagogues to cities around the world. At each stop they spend days listening to brilliant conservatory students and early-career virtuosos in solo recital programs....

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Victory and Failure

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:41 PM

As many have noted, the result of a two-year campaign season in which billions of dollars were spent on messaging is this: no change. The benchmark sentiments in post-election America are relief and disappointment. Inspiration and hope are little heard.

If President Obama's victory is less spirited than the 2008...

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(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 1:33 PM

Mitt Romney revealed a McKinsey-like regard for women's issues in the second presidential debate when discussing his Binders Full of Women. Breakthrough investigative journalism has uncovered several more binders that inform and help define the Romney candidacy. Sources tell me that these collections represent campaign policy...

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Dazzling Third Candidate Emerges

(4) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Audience members and television viewers of the debate between vice-presidential candidates were stunned Thursday night when an uninvited third candidate interrupted the event. Outcry on the social networks demanded that the intruder be removed, but the unsanctioned participant remained and reappeared throughout the evening.

Pundits agree that the new...

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Obama's Presidential Failure

(81) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 8:52 AM

It wasn't just a bad performance. He wasn't like a Broadway lead who, exhausted by the relentless grind, turned in a clunker on a Wednesday matinee. This wasn't just another show during a long run; it was the premiere. And now the understudy is on the hook to salvage the...

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How Obama Was Clobbered

(418) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 8:42 AM

If you believe Barack Obama distinguished himself favorably in the first debate, you won't like the following rampage one bit. Those who judge debates on quality of information and truthfulness might have kept different score. But in the realm of making an impression, and in winning the lightning-quick emotional judgments...

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London Philharmonic (and Weather!) at Carnegie Hall

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 5:24 PM

A luminous program lit up the inside of Carnegie Hall this week while a cold and driving rain pounded 57th Street. The London Philharmonic might not have brought the U.K.-style weather with them, but they did provide a musical antidote.

The program's time frame ranged from 1775 to 1971, starting...

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Letterman After 9/11: Seeking Normal

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 3:05 PM

I was at home in Princeton, NJ on September 11, 2001. After spending most of the day watching TV coverage of the shocking devastation, I walked through town in the late afternoon as people left their offices, got into their cars, continued their lives. I marveled that there could be...

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Music Lockers vs. Subscriptions: Music Ownership in the Cloud Era

(7) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 12:27 PM

Reports say that Apple might introduce a cloud-based music storage and streaming service. It would compete with Amazon's "music locker" service, and beat Google to the market too.

Music lockers -- online storage of your music collection -- are not new. Michael Robertson, founder of,

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Google +1: What It Is and Isn't

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 1:28 PM

Google introduced its so-called +1 feature this week, widely portrayed in the blogosphere as an answer to the Facebook Like button. You probably don't see it in your Google results -- the feature is being rolled out incrementally, to a small sliver of Google users first. When you...

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The Literary Power of Page 56

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 5:12 PM

Tonight a Facebook status game appeared in my news feed. The rules: Open a book to page 56, find the fifth sentence, and post that sentence as your status update. Leave off the book title.

That's fun, but not as much fun as a bunch of friends posting all...

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Salonen Brings Hungarian Echoes to the NY Philharmonic

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 3:27 PM

There is a mini-festival trend afoot, and it's easy to see why: a themed series "productizes" an orchestra's long music season and give it bursts of definition. The NY Philharmonic's Hungarian Echoes set of four concerts also provided a showcase for Esa-Pekka Salonen to demonstrate his florid conducting style. Salonen...

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