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Our Son's Love of Music Shines Through His Severe Autism

David Royko | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
David Royko

A few years ago, Ben, our son with severe autism, got a chance to meet one of his favorite musicians -- or more accurately, meet the man responsible for creating some of his favorite music. We now know there's a big difference, and this "meeting" helped us understand our big guy a little better.

Fine Music in Ireland's Far West
Chamber Music, Charming Setting

Sharon Hoge | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Fortissimo or Pianissimo -- that's the dilemma of devoted concertgoers at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Should we holler out its praises to attract bigger audiences or keep it a secret to avoid encouraging crowds that would destroy its special intimate nature.

A Conversation With Sarah Shafer - Young Soprano Shines in 'La Ciociara' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.26.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Sarah Shafer is currently singing the role of "Rosetta" in the world premiere of La Ciociara (Two Women) at San Francisco Opera. A co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino, the score is by Marco Tutino as well as its libretto written in collaboration with Fabio Ceresa.

A Farewell to Bach

Pia de Jong | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Pia de Jong

Bach was 61 when his portrait was done. He is a stout man with a double chin and an unhealthily ruddy skin. He wears a white blouse with sleeves puffed at the wrists; over it is a black jacket with hard buttons.

Hard Choices: Dance Theatre of San Francisco Aims High

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Dance Theatre of San Francisco is the new kid on the block -- a precocious kid on a block crammed with nimble little dance companies that turn out adventurous new work on a shoestring. Like many precocious kids, it manifests admirable talent but also exhibits immaturity.

Impromptus: Sasha Waltz Flirts With Schubert

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The last time I saw a piece by Sasha Waltz, she set the stage on fire. Literally. The preoccupations of that piece were apocalyptic compared to those of the whimsical Impromptus, set to a selection of Schubert's heavenly impromptus and art songs.

Glenn Gould, Petula Clark, The Beatles and 'the noise you make while breaking rules'

Dana Sachs | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Dana Sachs

Which music do you consider superior? The Beatles or Petula Clark? And, along these same lines, do you have an opinion on the "polarity," as Gould would have it, between Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky?

Astoria Characters: The Memory Keeper

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.14.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Saving nearly a century and a half of family memorabilia is a remarkable feat. "I'm a keeper," 86-year-old Bea Frish says.

Who Is The Greatest Classical Composer Of All Time?

nytimes.com | ANTHONY TOMMASINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

YOU know that a new year has truly arrived when critics stop issuing all those lists of the best films, books, plays, recordings and whatever of the y...

Tin Pan Alley Comes to Los Angeles Sunday to Kick Off Vocal Music Series

Anthea Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthea Raymond

Los Angeles, of course, is known for its cultural diversity. And for decades, the city's live music programmers have worked hard to capture that at v...

Young D'Artagnan on Schubert, Chemistry & Grace

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

David Fray's newest CD is a provocative all Schubert affair which has caused ripples in the musical press for the breadth and flexibility of its vision. I called him in Paris to find out what the fuss is all about.

Plan ForYourArt May 7-12

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

There has never been more worldwide attention on the creative culture of Los Angeles. People from all over the world came to LA for the opening of the...

Lovely, Warm Evening

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

The temperature rose to 60 degrees late yesterday afternoon so on my way home I took an express bus to Belmont Harbor and had a five minute diversion ...

For Sale: Beethoven's Skull

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Keith Thomson

Skull collecting is a veritable subculture. One man's macabre relic is another man's Barry Bonds seventy-first home-run ball. In the course of my investigation of this realm, I learned that Ludwig van Beethoven's skull is for sale.

Wine, Music, and the Terroiriste Threat

Alex Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Alex Henry

Bordeaux/Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry, is an excellent short book by Jean-Robert Pitte, who says that terroir, that principle sacred to French winemakers, isn't everything.

Wake up and Smell the Tea

Alex Henry | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Henry

What might happen if the entire world tried switching from coffee to tea for, say, a week?