Monthly Archives: September 2008

Some Week!

Some week! The financial leaders in Washington formulate their notion of the end of the world, while the cultural leaders in gray, dismal Cleveland accomplish much the same for theirs. Surely you’ve seen the news. Don Rosenberg, music critic for lo these many years at Cleveland’s leading paper The Plain Dealer, is asked to turn […]

BRAVE SOULS

BRAVE SOULS: A good-sized crowd showed up at Zipper last Friday and were well rewarded; this was the preview concert of the Carlsbad Festival, which actually ends up in Carlsbad this weekend (Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday afternoon). I like the Festival; the music is interesting and the planning is actually about something: young composers, […]

San Francisco Weekend

A weekend in San Francisco involved delayed departures with 90-minute sojourns on airport tarmac in both directions, plus another hour on the return end as maintenance personnel were called in to –- honest! – change a light bulb. On the ground in San Francisco the pleasures were many: dinners at Zuni and the Hayes St. […]

The Fly Stinks Up the Chandler; Woody Allen and William Friedkin's Puccini Fares Better

The bad news from Paris, earlier this year, was fair warning; The Fly, which had first taken flight at the Châtelet Opera, is one big turkey. At the press conference in Mrs. Chandler’s Pavilion, a week or so ago, there was Plácido Domingo burbling about operatic masterpiece, composer Howard Shore affecting pride, director David Cronenberg […]

Swat!

POOR BRUNDLE-FLY The bad news from Paris, earlier this year, was fair warning; The Fly, which had first taken flight at the Châtelet Opera, is     one big turkey. At the press conference in Mrs. Chandler’s Pavilion, a week or so ago,  there was Plácido Domingo burbling about operatic masterpiece, composer Howard Shore affecting pride, […]

Different Training

THE LEAVING TRAINS OF THE WORLD: It has been a while since we’ve heard anything about the fate of KCSN, the radio outlet of Cal State Northridge once noted for its brave and enterprising programming including an enlightened attitude toward new music beyond that of any other local station. When last heard from KCSN was […]