Monthly Archives: August 2008

September Song

Forty years ago this week. at New York Magazine, Clay Felker  allowed me to get away with an entire music column in  rhyming doggerel. Bob Grossman supplied the artwork,  which I continue to use, in Bob’s color upgrade. He  asked me about the original text, so this is for him.  Rudi and Julius were the […]

Brundibar Again

BRUNDIBAR AGAIN. Five years ago the L.A. Opera’s Opera Camp project staged this endearing small  concentration-camp relic at a church in Santa Monica. Since then the work – by Hans Krasa, to a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, has had a career of its own. There’s a picture book by the eminent designer Maurice Sendak, which […]


IT WAS A FOREGONE CONCLUSION  that Mark. Swed and I would hear entirely different music at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, under the title of the Philip Glass Violin Concerto; we acknowledged as much in our pre-concert greeting. The important point is that we can remain friends over such matters. My life in this […]

Conductors A to Z

CONDUCTORS A TO Z: It has been a while since I’ve been to the Cabrillo Festival, at least the 17 years of Marin Alsop’s time since this was my first first encounter with her work there. Santa Cruz apparently loves her, a contrast to the protests she ran into at her appointment to the Baltimore […]

Questions and Answers

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM TODAY’S MAIL  Q.   Hello Alan, I’m a freelance writer (and former editor) with Symphony magazine, doing a story about the recent rounds of layoffs and cutbacks of classical music critics and other arts critics at print publications. It’s a kind of big-picture look at what this means for arts journalism now […]