Kenneth Schermerhorn and I raised our glasses. "To Art," I began. "To Life," he replied. "To the collision of the two," I said. "Ah," he sighed, smiling, "now there is where the trouble begins." And, to that, we drank.
People who are enthusiastic about classical music should express themselves and allow others to do so. Those of us who care about it as a repertoire to be performed rather than a tradition to be admired should encourage more, not less, applause -- even if it comes at the "wrong" time.
An annual dream. The holiday season. Presents bought and wrapped, trees decorated, houses lit. What better time, then, for the Long Beach Ballet to perform a visionary Nutcracker, their 30th production of the holiday classic?