The Routes of Slavery

Politics is everywhere these days. Make one "false" step and you're tarred and feathered without getting even a nanosecond to defend yourself. Jordi Savall and company stepped into this corrosive environment like a breath of fresh air with their  ...

Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

What do we expect when we go to hear two repertory pieces played live, and is that expectation heightened when the musicians in Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are Israeli and Arab? Do their complex histories and conflicting narratives affect  ...

New Century Chamber Orchestra

We love to put people in boxes. She's progressive, he's conservative. This music is twelve-tone, that music is minimalist. But the final concert of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra showed how artificial these divisions are. Music is supposed to  ...

AIDS Quilt Songbook 25th Anniversary Concert

What does one say about a concert dedicated to the dead, dying and those living with HIV/AIDS? What does one say about gifted composers, singers and writers dying all too soon from AIDS? What does one say about their deaths  ...

Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem

Good opera singers come and go but great ones are rare, and the Met remembered one of its best by dedicating all of its four performances of the "Verdi Requiem" to the late great and much loved Siberian bass Dmitri  ...

Alex Katz at 90

Everyone wants to be loved but being hated has been a badge of honor for generations of modernist artists. If they love me I must be bad, and if they hate me I must be good which is the line  ...

Orchesta Filharmonica de Jalisco

President Trump proudly extolled the virtues of western civilization in a speech he gave in Warsaw, Poland, in 2017, but colonization, which is one of its biggest and sometimes most virulent by-products continues to drive it, as  ...