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 [...]
Happy Birthday Marilyn Horne
I could never choose just one Marilyn Horne recording or the memory of just one performance.
Among my favorite performances of Horne are:
- Orfeo at Tanglewood.
- The Verdi Requiem in Carnegie Hall.
- Carmen and Isabella,Â the lady from Algiers at the Met.
- A recital in Boston’s Symphony Hall when I was a kid.Â
- Rosina in The Barber of Seville.Â
- Copland’sÂ Old American Songs at Carnegie Hall with Bernstein — the first such to raise money to fight AIDS.
- A London performance ofÂ Messiah in Mozart’s orchestration is a favorite of mine.
Then there is when she told Johnnie Carson, “No fat cracks, please,” and threatened to give Tony Randall a fat lip on The Odd Couple
I’ve met Horne a few times. She was the guest quiz master on one of my last gigs with the lamented Metropolitan Opera Quiz.Â Her first words off-mike were “Call me Jackie.”
Today Marilyn Horne is a teacher and mentor. I’mÂ happy to know that at this writing she is being very good indeed, generous, supportive, maternal to a dear friend of mine who is battling cancer. “Miss Horne calls me every day.” I’m sure she’s helped many people in need-but you’ll never hear that from her. So hear it from me.
Happy birthday, gracious lady.