New York’s Other Chinatown

On a cold but clear day, four of us set sail for Flushing on the #7 line. As we chatted non-stop the 45-minute ride went quickly and we surfaced into another world. The second-largest Chinese community outside China resides here–the first is in Manhattan but that may change soon. Largely ethnic Chinese but also Korean…

Shopping for a Quartet

We have recently come out of mourning for the retired Guarneri Quartet and are in the market for a new favorite. In support of our search, we attended a concert of the Hagen Quartet (three Hagens and a Schmidt)–not so new–they’ve been playing together for 30 years in Austria–but new to us. They were great…