Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:49pm
Classical Music Column

And that’s how you expand the genre. You give people something concrete and meaningful to grab onto. You give them a reason to want to listen.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:51pm

If music is to be — as its most strident champions assert — the universal language, it has to do better with speaking in a universal voice.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:02am

When it came time to finally prepare a definitive edition of “Porgy,” Shirley was approached about the task, a labor which he has described as one of his greatest states of happiness.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:42pm

Dissonance and cacophony turn to resonance and figuration. Menace and dread turn to grief and yearning.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 5:45pm

For all the technical wizardry, superb musicianship and stellar score, the most compelling aspect of the opera remains the story itself.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:17pm

Our whole disposable capitalist culture is obsessed with novelty and progress. Is a value system based on the newness of music really as countercultural as I think it is?

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:14pm

People have been going on pilgrimages for eons. Whether it’s to gaze upon the Shroud of Turin, visit the tomb of St. James or stand inside the vaulted nave of some distant cathedral, humans as a species have shown a remarkable capacity for uprooting themselves and their lives just for the chance to seek out meaning in some distant destination. In the Middle Ages, members of the faithful might travel for weeks on end to reach a holy site — some never arrived, and many never returned.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:57pm

Yes, this is the classical music column. Be patient.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:48pm

The final destination of all of Frank’s efforts remains to be seen, but the road to it runs through her roots. Her own unique compositional voice is essential to who she is today, a composer recognized internationally for her abilities and one of the leading voices for multiculturalism in music.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

It’s really not controversial to say that classical music has a PR problem.