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Barbara Cook

Taking Note

George Heymont | Posted 02.08.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While Shirley Jones did none of the scooping some performers rely on late in their careers, her hit-and-miss approach to many phrases was the aural equivalent of watching a pilot try to land a plane in strong crosswinds. No skid marks, but many moments of alarm and uncertainty.

Nothing Could Be Finer Than an Evening With Barbara Cook

George Heymont | Posted 11.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Today, many singers who are a fraction of Barbara Cook's age wish they could sing with the wisdom, phrasing, and musical intuition of an artist whose voice has maintained its sweetness and purity for so many years

The Inspirational Barbara Cook

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

It is so clear that every day artists inspire children and adults. It is why arts education is so important to me. It is why I believe it is critical to make the arts accessible to every child.

Mike Wallace Memorial: New York City Embraces The Great Journalist One Last Time

Liz Smith | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Liz Smith

How I wish that every person in the world who loved, admired, hated, decried my onetime boss, Mike, could have seen what happened in Rose Hall just as I experienced it.

Hillary Clinton Hosts The Nation's Top Artists

AP | By BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.03.2012 | Home

By BRETT ZONGKER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama in lauding the actors, musicians and others receiving Kennedy Center Ho...

President To Host Neil Diamond, Meryl Streep And Other Kennedy Center Honorees

AP | Posted 12.04.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hosts the five recipients of the 34th Kennedy Center Honors at a White House reception Sunday before attending th...

To Preserve and Protect

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Many professional musicians who give of their time to conduct master classes for young opera singers have a vested interest in passing on the knowledge they have acquired in the course of their own performing careers.

New York Celebrity Assistants Organization Celebrates 15th Year Anniversary

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Let me set the scene for you. It's the summer of 1999 and I'm sitting in the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, freaking out. Why? Because ...

Twelve Months Til Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For most people, the holiday season is over and done with. Christmas decorations have been put back into storage and the tree has been disposed of. But for arts entrepreneurs the situation is quite different.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine "Passion" Gives Passion a Bad Name

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Passion is a depiction of romantic obsession and the subtly destructive ends to which romantic obsession can lead -- all of it outfitted with somber, totally humorless Sondheim songs.

My Visit to Venice

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

La Fenice in Venice has been one of the most important opera houses for over two centuries. Verdi alone wrote "Attila," "Rigoletto," "La Traviata" and "Simon Boccanegra" for La Fenice!

Stage Door: Sondheim on Sondheim, Collected Stories

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

In a 1994 New York magazine article, the cover line asks: "Is Stephen Sondheim God?" If you see Sondheim on Sondheim at Studio 54, the answer is yes.

Actors, Singers, Dancers, Christians and a Republican: The 2010 Tony Awards Show Roasted

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

It was a poor decision to hand out the Tony awards on the day of the Gay Pride Parade and Festival in West Hollywood, thereby losing its entire West Coast audience.