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Charles Ives

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph By Jan Swafford

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Whether in his definitive biography of Ives, his meditation on Brahms or in this most recent offering, Swafford gets to the core of the man and deep inside the music.

My Ears Will Be So Grateful...

Joel Sucher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Joel Sucher

Ah, the arrival of autumn, and as I sit on the rustic porch of my 150-year-old-plus antique farmhouse in Southern Westchester anticipating the soon-to...

Ojai Music Festival 2013: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance!

Rodney Punt | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The undertow of somberness in the last two Ojai Music Festivals was banished for the 67th version of the venerable yet ever-renewing series on June 6 to 9. Credit for breaking the spell goes to exuberant dance maven Mark Morris.

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

On the corner of 57th and 7th Avenue sits the most famous concert hall in the world. No less a figure than when Tchaikovsky led the first performances in 1891.

Music for a Time of War Scores a Grammy Nod

Brian Horay | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

Instead of simplistic, romantic notions of war draped in patriotic glory, the listener encounters a more difficult and nuanced 20th-century musical landscape of existential questions, gruesome descriptions, defiant submissions and cold dissonance.

Founding Fathers: Washington and Ives

Albert Imperato | Posted 02.01.2012 | Books
Albert Imperato

In a strange twist of timing, I found myself reading Ron Chernow's new biography of George Washington at the same time that I just happened to be reading Jan Swafford's Charles Ives: A Life with Music.

Is Capitalism Moral? Wrong Question...

Pierre Whalon | Posted 09.21.2011 | Business
Pierre Whalon

As we contemplate the inability of the economy to lift itself out of the depression that has devastated our common life, there is a temptation to say that capitalism is all wrong, immoral.

Lucrezia Borgia In 3D: Mike Figgis On His Controversial New Opera

Kisa Lala | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Kisa Lala

By Kiša Lala Lucrezia Borgia Film, Credit Mike Figgis, Courtesy ENO I was late arriving at Groucho's and Mike Figgis was already anxious. It was t...

Zero Destruction

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Norman MacAfee

Perhaps someone who reads this will help me do the math on the environmental effects of pointless destruction. What are the effects on global warming of a policy of unthinking destruction?