At the close of each dispassionate experiment, each couple takes shelter in a coiled embrace. But not Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh, who twist themselves into spectacular knots as two unhappily married pianos bicker.
With 19 featured acts representing four foreign countries and American artists who grew up in states from Massachusetts to Alaska, the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival covered the gamut in many ways during three days of genre-bending music in August.
Working with such bright minds, McCormick knew he had to stay on his toes with classical musicians who double-check his work by suggesting when a note "should be a flat and not a sharp," he said with a laugh.
I caught up with San Fermin's leader Ellis Ludwig-Leone as he was driving north from Los Angeles to San Francisco to talk first tours, the goofy heroics of Victorian romance novels and embracing a stylistic wildness.
I decided to ease into my classical adventure with the U.S. premiere of Planetarium, a collaboration between Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, and Bryce Dessner, which was playing this past weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
I want to be the kind of person who awaits the end of the world like a little kid waits for Santa Claus. If you have that kind of hope, then the only thing funny about the apocalypse is the idea that anyone could predict when it might happen.
After endless months of being mired in gloom and doom, we now find ourselves just a few weeks away from Christmas, struggling to latch onto that spirit of joy, excitement, innocence, magic and hope we had as children.