6:30 p.m. Michael Riesman and Andrew Shapiro perform Phillip Glass’ score to Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula (in it’s entirety) at Le Poisson Rouge , 158 Bleeker Street. Performance is accompanied by a screening of Browning’s Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. At 158 Bleeker Street, admission is $15.
6:30 p.m. Aperture and the New York Public Library Read More
Eavesdropping on a rehearsal can tell you a lot about what gives a symphony orchestra its personality. The other afternoon, I sat in the second balcony of Avery Fisher Hall, in the front-row seat nearest the stage, and watched Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra in a run-through of Stravinsky’s The Firebird , Read More
During the recent Lincoln Center festival celebrating the music of Edward Elgar, I was reminded of a remark that Rudyard Kipling, the composer’s contemporary and kindred spirit, once made about a writer whose name I can’t remember: The fellow, Kipling said, was guilty of “compulsive vividness.” We were somewhere toward the end of a masterly Read More
For those of us who had the good fortune to grow up with classical music around the house-a not so unusual state of affairs before the disastrous schism between popular and “art” music occurred-attending a concert or opera is always, in some sense, a return to childhood. Hearing Murray Perahia in Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words Read More