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BERNSTEIN’S (AND VOLTAIRE’S) CANDIDE

I’M IN GOOD company asking whether Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is an opera, an operetta, or a musical comedy. No less than the composer himself asked the same question, with his … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING &

I WORKED 33 years at a magazine (R&T) carrying an ampersand, so I have an affinity with this symbol. And, guess what, it’s one of the things described in Keith … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

WHAT’S A “78,” GRANDPA?

HEARING ABOUT the Great 78 Project may fall on ear-bud-deadened senses. But, in fact, it’s an interesting project for anyone interested in recorded music. The Great 78 Project is a … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

HENRY IV 1,2 REDUX

“TOM HANKS, Rita Wilson to Star in Los Angeles Production of ‘Henry IV.’ ” So reads a February 13, 2018, headline in Variety. This play is a production of the … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

HUGH L. COURTNEY—CHARLATAN EXTRAORDINAIRE

THEY DON’T make charlatans like they used to. I’ve just learned about Hugh L. Courtney while reading “Cheats, Swindlers, and Ne’er-Do-Wells: A New York Family Album,” by Dan Barry in … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

CAMILLE PISSARRO—A ROOM WITH A VIEW

EXCELLENT EYESIGHT would seem to be an artist’s requisite. Yet many of Camille Pissarro’s finest paintings came after a persistent eye infection affected the way he worked, not only visually, … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

A THREE-ENGINE TRANSPORT—FROM BOEING

DO I MEAN the 1926 Fokker F.VII in its trimotor configuration? Or the 1926 Ford TriMotor? Them too, but Boeing introduced its Model 80, a three-engine transport in 1928. Yet, … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · 1 Comment