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Van! Van! Van!

Van! Van! Van!

Van Cliburn, the people’s pianist remembered When Van Cliburn won Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. celebrated the event as a political rather than a musical event. Those with little interest in classical music and without considered criteria to judge his playing rejoiced that an American had...
Liking Greatness

Liking Greatness

Preview thoughts on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Lincoln Center: A CityArts guide to the masterwork Once, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion came up in conversation with a cultured, educated friend of mine. She had never heard it, and her question floored me: “Would I like it?” I tried to imagine her reaction had I said...