Raphael Mostel


'Requiem for the 20th Century' at Carnegie Hall

By Raphael Mostel

'Requiem for the 20th Century' at Carnegie Hall
Any music-lover in the New York area should run, not walk, to Carnegie Hall on December 10. Why? Only the New York premiere of one of the most influential and iconic compositions of the late 20th century: “Requiem” by holocaust survivor György Ligeti, scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano, double chorus and large orchestra.Read More


7 Best Classical Concerts of 2013

By Raphael Mostel

7 Best Classical Concerts of 2013
Of the many great classical music events this year in New York, seven with some Jewish content particularly stood out:Read More


The Big Schnoz Returns to the Met

By Raphael Mostel

The Big Schnoz Returns to the Met
James Levine is not the only major return at the Metropolitan Opera this week. Coming back for just seven performances between September 28 and October 26 is one of the Met’s most artistically acclaimed productions in recent years, Shostakovich early, wildly inventive, over-the-top adaptation of Gogol’s classic story, “The Nose.”Read More


Banned Musical Remains Relevant as Ever

By Raphael Mostel

Banned Musical Remains Relevant as Ever
If the performance of Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock” by the “Encores! Off-Center” series, which just ended its all-too-brief five-performance run July 13 at New York City Center, is not recorded for posterity, it will be a major loss. To call it revelatory is an understatement. This searing, hilarious and deeply affecting production resurrected a show that had been regarded as a famous but historical agitprop curio from the depths of the Depression.Read More


Beate Sirota Gordon Dies at 89

By Raphael Mostel

Beate Sirota Gordon Dies at 89
Beate Sirota Gordon, who enshrined equal rights for women in Japan’s post-World War II constitution and championed Asian arts programs, died at 89.Read More



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