The Power of Music

I have written about this many times but never was it brought home to me so much as the other night. Rory was sleeping uncomfortably next to me, recovering from two slipped discs. Not a movie, not crummy TV, not a book could he concentrate on. I put on one of my favorite channels, Classic…

The Band’s Visit–the Music is Great

(mubi) As seems to be our fate, we completely missed the dates of Lincoln Center’s Rendezvous with French Cinema and everything was sold out, including the French films downtown. So we decided to go to the theater. We had been promising ourselves to see this anyway. (playbill.com) The score by David Yazbek consists of Arabic-Israeli…

MY FAIR LADY IS BACK and With a Great Henry Higgins

(lct) You will enjoy the current version of this wonderful show by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. True, the orchestra is largely under the stage a la Bayreuth and that’s too bad because the Robert Russell Bennet/Phil Lang orchestrations are so good. (timessquarechronicles) We saw the first preview…

A Glorious Night of Brahms Piano Trios–Ma, Ax, and Kavakos

As Carnegie Hall was sold out, we had the privilege of sitting with 119 other devotees on the stage, a wooden sounding box that once again proved the extraordinary Carnegie Hall acoustics. These three artists joined together for love of Brahms, as each of them could sell out CH any old time. I wondered why…

A Valentine to the Met Sung by Leontyne Price–The Opera House–Go Wednesday

(filmlinc.org)I’m writing this today so that those of you who are interested can still see this wonderful film and I’m going to start with the times and date you can still see it: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm & 6:30 pm and if you go to metopera.org/theoperahouse you can find the theaters showing…

A Terrible Thing Happened at the Met Tonight–Shelly and Rory Walked Out on Figaro

(operanews) Considering Figaro is our favorite opera and Mozart our favorite composer, this was quite a feat. In fact, we were both dazed as we walked out that this could be happening. But really, we couldn’t stay. We know every note of this piece and have listened to it for 50 years–what was so terrible…