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2009 Stories by Michael Downes

Archives: 2010 | 2009
  • 'Carmen'

    published December 29, 2009

    Not since Cleopatra has there been a femme fatale so complex and compelling as Carmen, the promiscuous gypsy with an unconquerable will. Bizet's... More >>

  • 'Bargemusic Christmas Eve'

    published December 22, 2009

    When asked if he believed in God, Dr. Kevorkian replied, "I have my own: Johann Sebastian Bach." Ever since Glenn Gould restored Bach to ... More >>

  • New York City Gay Men's Chorus

    published December 15, 2009

    The New York City Gay Men's Chorus's annual Christmas concert is a family event, unless you're someone who staunchly insists hetero marriage is a... More >>

  • 'Handel’s Messiah'

    published December 8, 2009

    Don't be alarmed by the crowds of turtlenecked Puritans at Messiah, Handel's immortal take on Christ's birth, death, and posthumous... More >>

  • Angelika Kirchschlager

    published November 24, 2009

    Strictly speaking, only glass-shattering full sopranos are supposed to be divas in the opera world, which is why the great mezzo-soprano Angelika... More >>

  • 'Star Wars in Concert'

    published November 17, 2009

    The music really was the best part of the Star Wars franchise. John Williams delivered a space opera that was brilliantly intricate and yet... More >>

  • 'The Butterfly Dream'

    published November 10, 2009

    This Kunqu opera draws on the legend of Chuang Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher who dreamt that he was a butterfly and then awoke convinced... More >>

  • Empire Viols

    published November 3, 2009

    Empire Viols' elegant interpretations of pre-Bach works expose the vivacity of Baroque music, a pious era now often relegated to anthropology.... More >>

  • Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

    published October 27, 2009

    Full-size Chinese orchestras started popping up during the Cultural Revolution; after Mao banned pop and Western classical, a professional... More >>

  • Mason Jennings

    published October 6, 2009

    Here's a guy whose idea of going electric is plugging in a hollow-bodied Gibson, who touts "I Love You and Buddha Too" as a protest song, who was... More >>

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra

    published September 29, 2009

    Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala is more than just another date in the East-Egg bourgeois social calendar; it marks both the New York premiere... More >>

  • Introducing Antibalas Offspring Fu-Arkist-Ra

    published July 22, 2009

    In this glitchy, twitchy era of blurred micro-genres, it takes some real hoodoo to keep a crowd gyrating to the same groove for three and a... More >>

  • Chuck Mangione

    published July 8, 2009

    With the possible exception of Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain, Mangione's Feels So Good did more for the flugelhorn than any other... More >>

  • 'Summertime Classics: Born on the Fourth of July'

    published June 24, 2009

    It's said that during George Gershwin's first rehearsal with the notoriously Eurocentric New York Philharmonic, the orchestra squawked through... More >>

Archives: 2010 | 2009