Stuart Isacoff


Gary Graffman's Journey From Jewish Piano Virtuoso to Civil Rights Pioneer

By Stuart Isacoff

Gary Graffman's Journey From Jewish Piano Virtuoso to Civil Rights Pioneer
Concert pianist Gary Graffman stood up for civil rights in the 1960s and paid a steep price. But it was nothing more than his Jewish grandparents would have expected of him.Read More


Broadway ‘Porgy and Bess’ Rests on Lead Roles

By Stuart Isacoff

Broadway ‘Porgy and Bess’ Rests on Lead Roles
The avowed intention of director Diane Paulus and writer Suzan-Lori Parks in “reimagining” “Porgy and Bess” was to invest the opera with a sensibility that would reach modern audiences and “fully realize the characters.” That is, they hoped to achieve a theatrical authenticity they believed was missing in the original.Read More


How Authentic Is ‘Porgy and Bess’?

By Stuart Isacoff

How Authentic Is ‘Porgy and Bess’?
Critics have long feuded over the authenticity of George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess.’ But the original opera is as far from a cheerful minstrel work as it could be, writes Stuart Isacoff.Read More






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