Levine and the Ring Take a Bow at Carnegie Hall

(simonbutler)For more than 40 years, we have been fans of James Levine and of his way with Wagner, especially the Ring of the Nibelungen. We have seen four Ring cycles with him (more than 20 hours of music in four operas each time) and have witnessed his growth into perhaps the most eminent Wagner conductor…

Mozart and Mahler at Carnegie Hall–A Different Viewpoint

Hi Everyone, My guest blogger this week is my son, Simon, whose film criticism can be seen at curnblog.com and whose blog can be viewed at Skip and Setter’s Cinema Blogishkeit cinemablogishkeit.com and whose opinions have always been and will always be inimitably his own. He also took some really great pix. Thank you, Simon!…

Nosebleed Seats at Carnegie Hall and Mahler

No, you don’t have to sit in these seats to hear Mahler but for $21, we thought we’d go for it.And it proved to be the hottest ticket in town–many many people begged us for a ticket, but we just strode through the mass of hungry music-lovers into the crowded hall. The pluses of these…

Top Ten of Everything

As 2014 approaches, we encounter endless countdowns for 2013, both best and worst, so I thought I’d list my own. #10. The Affordable Care Act. I completely understand the frustration of everyone including me who has had to run the gauntlet of healthcare.gov, medical insurance and of course, Medicare. Nevertheless, bungled rollout or not, once…