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Fiddler in Yiddish

  “A fidler afn dakh, arop fun zinen, ha?” That’s Yiddish for “A fiddler on the roof—sounds crazy, no?” It’s the opening line of the 1964 musical, Fiddler on the Roof, based on stories by Sholem Aleichem  about Tevye the Dairyman … Continue reading

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Leonard Bernstein at 100

On our way to a performance of Junk,  Ayad Akhtar’s new play about the 1980’s financial world where junk bonds captured investor (and federal investigator) attention, we stopped at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ exhibit about … Continue reading

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Handel & Hendrix Slept Here

While holiday window browsing, listening to carols heralding shoppers, humming along, I happened to come across, hidden behind a couple large stores, the Handel House, at 25 Brook Street, in London’s Mayfair district. I had time before my dinner reservation, so … Continue reading

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Time to Investigate Trump & Putin

Growing up in the early 1960’s I heard about the Russians. I heard about the space race and Sputnik, and remember seeing Khrushchev on television. I remember hearing how we were supposed to be afraid of the Russians, though I … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out: Goodbye Cello, Sax & Oboe

“Do you think you’ll want your cello?” I asked my son many months ago. Apartment living, graduate school, working and four small children didn’t allow much space or time for music. The local high school happily accepted my donation. I … Continue reading

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High School Musicals: Remembering the Lyrics

This week I visited my parents in CT and attended my niece Dasha’s high school musical performance of Cinderella, where she played the Fairy Godmother. Seeing my brother earlier in the day, I asked him if he was excited and … Continue reading

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An Afternoon at the Opera… in HD

When my mother drove my siblings and me to our various lessons and appointments after school, she’d have the car radio tuned to the classical station. (There was only one.) Often, we’d listen to opera, and she would sing along. … Continue reading

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