Marie Antoinette’s Head:

One of the final humiliations Marie Antoinette suffered, after languishing in a filthy prison cell, waiting for her execution, was to have her hair chopped off in order to offer a clean surface for the blade of the guillotine. Practical  ...

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) (2013)

For those of us who still believe that commercial art forms like the movies have the potential to be transformative—“The Great Beauty,” an Italian film by Paulo Sorrentino, is a gift.  A contemporary film with classical ideals—concerned with art, beauty,  ...

Athletic Aesthetic

In addition to raising funds, booking engagements, mothering dancers and generally running a ballet company, another of the important hats worn by Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker, the duo who run the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet wear, is that of  ...

Pianist/Blogger Jeremy Denk

The Pianist as Blogger (and Vice-Versa) Jeremy Denk, pianoJ.S. Bach's The Goldberg Variations (upcoming recording)Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467The Oberlin OrchestraCarnegie Hall, New YorkJan. 19, 2013(Other engagements by Denk on his website)  ...

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Mass.

A Trip to Jacob’s Pillow Jacbob's Pillow Dance Festival 2012Skybetter and Associates (July 26)Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company (July 25-29)Jessica Lang (July 25-29) There’s a happily revolving door at Jacob’s Pillow every summer, as dancers and  ...

Santa Fe Opera, Interviews with the Principals

Voices of a Summer Night Santa Fe Opera, in repertory through Aug. 25, 2012:"Arabella" by Richard Strauss"King Roger" by Karol Szymanowski"Maometto II" by Giaochino Rossini"The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet"Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini Interviewer's note: I had an opportunity  ...

Griselda, Santa Fe Opera

Isabel Leonard and Jason Abrams in Santa Fe Opera's "Griselda"Photos by Ken Howard 'Griselda' Opera by Antonio VivaldiText by Apostolo ZenoConducted by Grant GershonDirected by Peter SellarsScenic design by GronkCostume design by Dunya RamicovaLighting design by James F. IngallsSanta  ...

Daniel Okulitch, ‘The Last Savage,’ Santa Fe

Poster image from Santa Fe Opera's "The Last Savage"Photo from company website Singing Naked—And Not Just in the Shower “The Last Savage”Opera in three acts by Gian Carlo MenottiDirected by Ned CantyStarring Daniel Okulitch, Anna ChristyPresented by Santa  ...