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Guns, Tanks, Man Utd, and 'Star Wars'

Tony Woodcock | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

We have all come across the terms hard power and soft power as generic descriptions of various government policies and behaviors around the world. Hard Power is probably the one we are most familiar with, as it seems to manifest itself in news headlines most days.

Truth to Power

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The other night I heard a work that I had not come across for many years. It was a big symphonic piece that lasts about 30 minutes by the German comp...

Zuill Bailey Triumphs in New Recording of Benjamin Britten's Cello Symphony and Sonata

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Composer Benjamin Britten's 2013 centenary sparked performances of his many-varied works around the globe. His catalogue of operas, orchestral and chamber works, song cycles and more were programmed everywhere, some of the material being tagged as rare or seldom performed.

Île de Saint-Louis: An Homage for Henri Dutilleux (1916--2013)

Tony Woodcock | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

It was the First Symphony (1951) of Henri Dutilleux, a composer who was entirely new to me then. I came to know the work well and it started me along a road of discovery of one of the finest composers of the 20th Century.