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Redundant Space

The Artist as Set Designer By · Title Image © Catherine Ashmore · Date 07/14/2016 On June 19, I saw the English National Opera’s production of “Tristan und Isolde.” Besides the cast, the house advertised its collaboration with the British-Indian artist Anish Kappoor, who doubled as the production’s set designer. Employing a famous artist as […]

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Orientalism 2.0

Classical Music and Colonialism By · Cover-Photography THE SNAKE CHARMER; JEAN-LÉON GÉRÔME, CIRCA 1879 · Date 03/31/2016 I have met Daniel Barenboim twice. The first time was during his first visit to Beijing in 2008; we had a brief chat after a press conference. At that time I was impressed by his promoting peace in […]

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Classical Music Isn’t Cool

Hey, did you know that classical music is actually really, really cool? The composers were “insane rock stars” who behaved outrageously and had lots of sex! In fact, Franz Liszt was the world’s first rock star! …Or was it Beethoven? Maybe it was Mozart. In any case, their behavior definitely qualifies them as rock stars, […]