A Classical Rant in 4/4 Time

Conductor

This is part of a longer opinion piece published in Newsday on Wednesday, January 13, 2011.

Until five years ago, when he won top prize in a Mahler conducting competition in Germany, Gustavo Dudamel was unknown on the world stage. Today he is classical music’s rock star.
Long curls flying, the 29-year-old conducts not only with his baton but with his eyes, his mouth, his stance, with every body part it seems. Sometimes, it appears that the podium is not large enough to contain him.

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What is Gourmet?

gourmetchef

When I was young and married (and a poor graduate student), I gave a dinner party and served something called five-can casserole. This dish involved cream of mushroom soup, fried canned noodles and canned chicken. The result wasn’t very good. Today, the thought of “canned chicken” makes me cringe.

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Photo Therapy

kidsonthebeach

The other day in a cleaning frenzy of the kind that does not often consume me, I found a trove of forgotten photographs in the back of the linen closet behind a tangle of no-longer-used sheets. Plopping down to the floor with them, I held them, one by one in my hand – some for a long time – as I sat on the floor.

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Things I Would “Not” Like to See in the New Year

way

I’m old enough now to know better. I understand that in my life-time, I will not see a cure for cancer, a diet that enables folks to lose weight and keep it off, and a sure-fire way to get babies to sleep through the night. With no disrespect to John Lennon, I also don’t imagine world peace any time soon.

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