Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Imagine that you are a prodigiously gifted pianist, born into a class of privilege and opportunity. The world is yours but for two problems: you are female in an era bound up by rigid gender codes, and you are blind. In an effort to restore your vision, your parents place you in the hands of countless medical professionals, who subject you to all manner of medical experiments and purported treatments. One of these episodes reaches the breaking point, a crisis that plunges you into despair, threatens your musical gift and shatters your innocence forever.
This is the story MichÃ¨le Halberstadt tells in her novel “The Pianist in the Dark.”
Alex Ross’s wonderful collection of essays, Listen to This is now in paperback.
Linda Esther Gray has written a splendid biography of her mentor, soprano Eva Turner (1892-1990). Dame Eva was the first British born soprano to have a huge international career-and she was quite the character on and off stage. Beautifully illustrated-its a book for anyone who loves music-in no way a “diva memoir.”
Walter Crane’s book of children’s verse “The Baby’s Opera” was an inspiration to composers of classical music. See its gorgeous first edition print in full-color splendor.
“James Levine: 40 Years at The Metropolitan Opera” is a coffee table book as lavishly appointed as the Met’s productions.
A book written by a musician is successful if it draws the reader towards music- especially if the music is new to many people. By that measure, Earl Wild’s memoir is a success!
Earl Wild’s long threatened memoirs have just been published…posthumously. You don’t have to be a music lover to enjoy this book. Earl will convert you, and you will laugh and marvel through the journey.
Eugene Ormandy is best remembered for his 42-year run as conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, but unless you are a musician you may not know of another aspect of Ormandy…the creative way in which he expressed himself verbally, not unlike baseball great Yogi Berra.
New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’s new collection of essays covers a broad landscape of old and new figures in music from Schubert to Bjork.
Those with even a passing interest in dance will be enthralled by Jennifer Homans “Apollo’s Angels, A History of Ballet”