Monthly Archives: July 2005

The Right Time and Place

Donkey’s Ears Every year around this time I start keeping a yellow pad close at hand, to jot down all the reasons why classical music at the Hollywood Bowl is a totally unworkable proposition. The list is long and sad; it should be familiar by now. Most of it dates back to Bernheimer days. Some […]


Ringlets They knew how to do things then. Opening night, 1938, at the Hollywood Bowl consisted of nothing less than Wagner’s Die Walküre, four hours plus, with Valkyries on horseback careening down the verdant nearby hills. The legendary Maria Jeritza was the Brünnhilde; Richard Hageman, better known for such salon tearjerkers as “Do Not Go, […]

Silence Prevails

Dorrance Stalvey, who single-handedly planned, directed and managed the Monday Evening Concerts at L.A. County Museum of Art since 1971, died Sunday at 75, after a yearlong illness, while the following words were being written. His passing, while not unexpected, takes from our midst a genuine musical hero we can ill afford to spare. It’s […]

Dirty Work Afoot

Britten as Written Considering that Henry James wrote The Turn of the Screw for Collier’s Weekly, a popular fiction magazine in 1898 as it was until its demise some 60 years later, his ghost story has borne the weight of considerable serious analysis and interpretation. There is reason to suggest that music – i.e., Benjamin […]