Monthly Archives: October 2008


THE PAST IMPERFECT Who doesn’t remember Leon Levich? If there are three of you in a room, Leon tuned two of your pianos, and hocked you a chainick all afternoon about his own music and why it never gets played. Anyhow, he was at the latest “Chamber Music in Historic Sites” last Sunday, at the […]


TOO HOT TO HANDLE? My editors at Bloomberg News had suggested weeks ago that the following item would be worth my attention. I never asked why. I fulfilled my obligation last Tuesday with my usual celerity and dispatch. On Wednesday I was informed that my article – honorable though it was – was “totally off […]

End of the World?

A FURTHER NOTE ON THE UPCOMING WORLD’S END: URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A defendant had a hard time facing the music Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening […]

The Grim Weeper

THE GRIM WEEPER Joseph Kerman, whose “Opera as Drama” contains the immortal phrase “’Tosca,’ that shabby little shocker,” comes down somewhat more gentl y on  “Madama Butterfly.”  Taking careful note of the opera’s “coarseness of sensitivity,”he concedes brownie points to the one truly poignant scene, in Act Two, as the Consul Sharpless  vainly attempts to […]