Everyone's a Critic

AMERICAN MAVERICKS NIGHT TWO, by James Leonard

The second night of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony play more or less modern more or less American music opened with what I’d call the worst piece of music I’ve ever heard if there were any real...

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AMERICAN MAVERICKS NIGHT ONE, by James Leonard

None of the pieces performed on the first night of the three “American Mavericks” concerts were much good, though the Copland was certainly the best and the Bates was probably the worst.Copland’s Variations for...

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TALKING ABOUT MY GENERATION, by James Leonard

I was standing around the third floor of City Hall, staring out the window, waiting for an interview with Mayor Hieftje when I heard two familiar voices behind me talking about rock music from the 70s, and playing records on a...

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U-M vs ND: BLASE NO MORE, by Craig Ross

Near the close of the third quarter in Michigan’s implausible victory over Notre Dame, a cadre of Fighting Irish fans chanted/taunted, “It-sucks, to-be, a Mich-i-gan Wolv-er-ine.” At the moment Notre Dame held...

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THE ARK CATCHES THE WAVE, by James M. Manheim

Kim Richey’s show at the Ark on Sunday, October 17, marked a small milestone for people who keep track of such things: it was notable for its thoroughgoing inclusion of electronic sounds, provided by a keyboardist. Richey...

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Dinner with the Coroner of Oz, by Eve Silberman

About fifteen years ago I attended, in Chicago, a meeting of the International Wizard of Oz Club. Similar to Star Trek gatherings, these conferences attract devotees of both the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz and the series...

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