Monthly Archives: May 2009

Finishing Touches

There was a moment in Disney Hall last night that I will not soon forget. Christoph Eschenbach was playing Schubert’s last Piano Sonata – the B flat, No. 960 in the Deutsch chronological catalog. The slow movement came to its end, a sequence of harmonic magic that seemed to hold the very expanse of the […]

Ever on Sunday

WELCOME: John Adams has been in town these past weeks, as good company as company can get. He came with some of his own music, which was wonderful enough. What’s more, at a Green Umbrella concert, the last of the season, he introduced two new, promising young composers, and surrounded their arrival with an excellent […]

As Good as It Gets

Any notion of the season winding down –with Esa-Pekka departed and nothing to sing about except another creaky old Traviata across the street – needs a couple of weeks’ postponement, as it happens. Two of our best homegrown series ended their seasons last week in respective blazes of glory, and meanwhile, over at Disney, there […]

Kid Stuff

THEY’RE STILL OUT THERE The following, which the good people at Jacaranda received recently and have allowed me to send along, might be worthy of comment. At least I hope so. Subject: Pretentious Bullshit I just received your advertising card for The OM Century Final Concert. Lots of “premiere” performances.  There’s a reason they are […]