Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774
… the baby being the Philadelphia Orchestra, of course
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f you don't expect too much from Philadelphia Maestros: Ormandy, Muti, Sawallisch , just out from Temple University Press, you can have a really wonderful time. The book's author, Phyllis White Rodriguez-Peralta, clearly loves the many hours she's spent over the years in the orchestra's company, basking in the glow its three dominant conductors have created. The author's affection and...
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Irving Berlin, whose long and active musical career began in the early years of the 20th century and lasted well in the 1970s, was one of the most successful songwriters in American history, noted for both the sheer number of pieces he wrote, as well as the amount of money he accumulated because of that abundance. He was a workaholic...
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William Lashner had always dreamed of a life in which he didn't have to go to an office every day, and could simply spend his time writing and telling stories. Now, after making a few proverbial leaps of faith, the 48-year-old Abington native and father of three is living that life; he's published six novels, including the forthcoming Marked Man,...
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The story behind the stories of a famed filmmaker
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Conversations With John Schlesinger is full of surprises. The first of them is that the work has appeared as a paperback without a bit of fanfare accompanying it, as if the publisher, Random House, had second thoughts. The work is by Ian Buruma, who's no slouch among contemporary scribblers, having produced such estimable works as The Wages of Guilt and...
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Since his death in 2004, it has only become clearer how extraordinary an artist Richard Avedon was, how completely he remade the art of photography through the force and purity of his vision. He was also one of the most unpredictable of American artists, especially considering the stature he’d attained by the 1960s. People who reach the heights he did...
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