On Genius and Prodigies

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (that would be Los Angeles in 1961 to be exact,) I first heard Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings at one of the famed Heifetz-Piatagorsky Concerts given at the Pilgrimage Theater, now the John Anson Ford Theatre.(Jascha Haifetz and Gregor Piatagorsky with violist William Primrose and pianist…

Encores! A Night at City Center

Fans of this series of lovingly recreated revivals know its strengths: original scores brought to life again with a full live orchestra, wonderfully talented singers and dancers, fine choreography and, of course, great American musicals of the past. The shows are mounted in the 1923 Moorish landmark City Center, the Mecca Temple which belonged to…

Back to 1913 and Scandalous Art

If you have a chance before February 23 to get to the New York Historical Society to see the Armory Show, you should do it. This famous show that took place at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington and 25th and 26th Streets has been recreated. (Source: armory.nyhistory.org) Of the original 1350 works 100 paintings,…