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When A Composer Loves Another Composer

Daron Hagen | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Daron Hagen

Marc Blitzstein's musical DNA -- strict adherence to economy of means, a passion for combining words and music, the belief that music can promote social justice, an abhorrence of pretension -- are woven inextricably into the music I compose.

Some People Tweet; Some People Peep

Freddie Gershon | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Freddie Gershon

On May 7, 2012, a brass plaque will be dedicated - In Honor Of Roger Englander whose visionary "peep hole" (created in 1960) opened the eyes of children and music lovers worldwide to the magic behind the music.

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.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

David Finkle | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.

A Sour Note at Carnegie Hall Few Heard, Coming From Above

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The Carnegie Studios made it possible for artists to live as true bohemians: to enjoy the freedom of being deliciously different and quirky. I suppose it was simply too good to last.

Have Baton, Will Travel: Classical Music Combine in New Orleans

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

The League of American Orchestra's biennial conductors' preview showcase is designed like the talent evaluation combine that pro football teams hold every year.

The Bike Lane Battle of the Bulge

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Epstein

Change, like this diet I am on, is hard. But if you want to make over the city for the better, you need to break up the pavement sometimes and envision the possibilities.

Capturing Bernstein: Behind The Lens Of Steve J. Sherman

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Allan M. Jalon

Steve Sherman's photos offer Lenny, glowing celebrity, lunging into space behind his baton, accepting yet another award. Look again, though, and these pictures start to haunt you.

What Is Wrong With the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The arts are in a parlous state, but contrary to popular belief, it isn't the fault of unions or the absence of arts education in our schools. The arts are in trouble because there is simply not enough excellent art being created.

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

No president, apart from John F. Kennedy, cited accomplishment in the arts as one of the highest aspirations of a nation. We must return to being a country that truly relishes the arts at their highest level of accomplishment.

Remembering Paul Bowles

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Regina Weinreich

In our age of instant fame, it is useful to think about an artist who was famous for not being in the limelight. In Bowles' time, the cult of personality was taking hold.

This Is Your Brain on Crosswords

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

"_____ comes but once a year. Var." Can you solve this devilish holiday-season crossword puzzle clue? Hint: The correct nine-letter answer starts with a "C" and ends with an "s" -- and it's not "Christmas".

ARTS LUST: Leonard Bernstein Boycotts the Koch

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Allan M. Jalon

Top: Poster for "A Quiet Place." Bottom: Facade of the David H. Koch Theater Photos by Allan M. Jalon       I heard his deepl...

Revisiting West Side Story (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Although I did not see the original production of West Side Story, I've been lucky to see several others.

Candide Travels the World and Arrives at Hollywood Bowl

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

Victimized by bitter circumstance? Not on a bet. Bernstein's Candide showed up at the Hollywood Bowl in concert, courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Yes, it was almost the best of all possible worlds.

Broadway Miracle Sighted on PBS -- South Pacific Permitted Full Use of Real Instruments

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

South Pacific, based on a collection of stories by James Michener, is a multifaceted piece. The plot is the thing in this play, although it is loaded with the requisite number of hit tunes.

Dudamel Opens a New View at Hollywood Bowl

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

Of course it would take a dunderhead to ignore the magnetism our L.A. Philharmonic music director exudes and not let the hordes in on his irresistible way with the players and the music.

Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Unite the Americas

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

He's back. After months of tending to his prior duties with other orchestras, Gustavo Dudamel has returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a festival of American music, or, better said, music of the Americas.

Gustav Mahler's Life-Changing Music

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

You'll be hearing a lot about Mahler in the coming weeks and months. July 7, 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth in Kaliste, a small town in Bohemia -- now in the Czech Republic.

Leonard Bernstein: "Charismatic, Pompous -- and a Great Father'

Ginny Dougary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ginny Dougary

It's hard for a child, of whatever age, to see his or her parent through the eyes of the world and it becomes clear that Nina Bernstein has pretty conflicted views of her father.

Vanity Fair's Coverage of the White House State Dinner: A Namedropping Guide

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The author was obviously trying to put the 2009 dinner in context with how previous years' affairs went. But he may have gotten a bit carried away in including quite so many characters, even as afterthoughts.

Music Videos Can Save Broadway

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

As traditional marketing methods prove incapable of creating enough buzz to sell out a new Broadway musical, now is the time for producers and marketing executives to get creative. Whether it's big budget reality shows or viral music videos, there are options for any budget.

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano: Viewing "This Thing Called Love" From a Cabaret Stand-Point

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

The husband-wife team of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano are currently doing the living-room honors in Manhattan's Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel through the first week of March.

Dog Ears Music: Holiday Shopping List

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

In this holiday edition of Dog Ears, we bring you music by George Jones, Neil Young, Leonard Bernstein, Moby, The Band, Frank Sinatra and much more.

Elaine Stritch -- An Evening of Fire and Wisdom

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Adam Hanft

You go to cabaret for an impossible alchemy of exposed emotion, phrasing, the occasional clink of a champagne flute, an evening of enriched uranium. You go to cabaret for Elaine Stritch.