On arrogance

Speaking with one of our Listers recently, we discussed a situation involving an incredibly arrogant performer who just wasn’t fitting in. Sometimes this happens, and sometimes there are reasons. After some careful discussion, it was clear that the behavior was a significant issue. But it also seemed clear to the teller that this performer believed … Read more

Music in another form

The arts have always interconnected and influenced one another, whether it’s a result of admiration or friendship (or rivalry) between purveyors of various art forms, or a sort of “contact high” that affects artists in the vicinity of one another. Film, however, has always particularly depended on music for help in telling its tale, from … Read more

Beauty beyond belief

There’s a whole lot of sacred music going on — although the World Festival of Sacred Music has ended its recent run, this week’s calendar is full of high-minded options, and rather than the usual, single Gem, we’ll mention several this time around. Historically, religion has been one of the most powerful driving forces behind … Read more

An opera with at least five morals

You remember Æsop. Most of us know him from the simplified life lessons told to children, ending with “the moral of the story…” He was a slave in 5th-century BCE Greece who devised animal-populated fables that entertain while cleverly offering life lessons in disguise. The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Tortoise and the Hare … Read more

The Don you can’t refuse

Don Giovanni isn’t just an opera character, nor is he just a legendary lover. He’s a force to be reckoned with. This powerful opera, long an audience favorite among Mozart’s works, centers on the overwhelming personality, charisma and… (ahem).. skills of an aristocratic cad who must eventually atone for his almost superhuman passions. The piece … Read more

Smaller-scale Brahms

One-on-one music is a peculiar, if not uncommon, dynamic in classical music: we are more likely to make music in packs. So when pianist Robert Thies announced this concert and its intimate premise, it was clear that he’d hit upon something very special. ‘The Intimate Side of Brahms’ is a concert made mostly of works … Read more

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