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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


The Return of Morton Feldman

By Raphael Mostel

The Return of Morton Feldman
Looking at Morton Feldman, one hardly would have guessed that this irrepressible, self-described “New York Jew” created some of the most mystical and subtle music ever composed. Yet since his death, in 1987, it has become ever more apparent that his late works are among the most individual, distinctive and influential of the second half of the 20th century — even if recognition and reverence for his achievements are still more widespread in Europe than in the United States.Read More






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