Philip Glass’s Uncle Harry, his mother and the cost of pretty much everything feature prominently in the composer’s plainspoken and charming new memoir.
How did three less-than-observant Broadway guys come up with the biggest Jewish musical ever? Eileen Reynolds explores the engaging story — and explains why it still matters.
After 9/11, ‘God Bless America’ became an ubiquitous tribute to our nation’s fallen. But history says Irving Berlin’s song was an unlikely choice for a national anthem.
From its creation in 1918 to its unofficial adoption as anthem for the fallen of 9/11, “God Bless America” has had quite a history. Here are some of the highlights.
Searching for the best in December holiday tunes, a music preservation group found few Hanukkah sing-a-longs. But Jews have created plenty of Christmas cheer.
To say that you’ll never think of Lot’s wife the same way after seeing Maya Beiser’s “Elsewhere,” a new “cello opera” that recently played at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, would be a gross understatement. In the Genesis story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s wife has no name — let alone speaking lines — and is primarily an example of the fate that awaits those who disobey divine instruction: “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
With Barbra Streisand making a homecoming to Brooklyn, we take a tour of her old haunts: from Choy’s Chinese Restaurant to the Yeshiva of Brooklyn.
Even without its clever premise, Jacob Garchik’s latest album would still make for great listening. This is the sort of music that makes you stop in your tracks and mutter, “What is that?” It’s not every day that one hears a trombone choir — let alone one augmented with sousaphone and slide trumpet — playing warm, enveloping tunes that sound like long-lost spirituals.
Can’t get enough of Philip Glass? Eileen Reynolds offers a minute-by minute account of ‘Einstein on the Beach,’ now onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
To celebrate Philip Glass’s 75th birthday, we’ve prepared a quiz on the ‘Einstein on the Beach’ composer’s achievements. Put your cultural thinking caps on!