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The New Israel Opera
From humble beginnings, opera in Israel is now on an international level
By Dr. Irving Spitz
The history of opera in Israel began in 1923 with a performance of La Traviata by a company founded by the Russian conductor, Mordechai Golinkin....READ MORE

The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra
One of the country's finest cultural assets
By Dr. Irving Spitz
In the mid 1930's, the famous Polish born violinist, Bronislaw Huberman, sensing the looming danger facing Jews in Europe, conceived the idea of recruiting musicians willing to immigrate to Palestine to found an orchestra....READ MORE

Afro-Latin Dance ‘Tour of Schools’ Thrills Students
By Judith Aquino
It was 10 a.m. at a school assembly and teen girls screamed his name as he swiveled his hips and winked at the audience....READ MORE

JUNE 2009

The Arts in Education
Exclusive Interview with Yoko Ono
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Education Update (EU): In your poignant introduction to the John Lennon Anthology, you mention the great love that you and John shared. In what way do you think your talent in the arts helped him?
Yoko Ono (YO): Just the fact that we were there together, made us realize things we would otherwise not realize....READ MORE

Jacques d’Amboise, Preeminent Dancer and Founder, National Dance Institute
By Lisa K. Winkler
“I don’t have to do anything but enjoy,” National Dance Institute (NDI) founder and ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise says. But d’Amboise has done plenty....READ MORE

An Interview with the Juilliard String Quartet
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Making its first appearance with its new member Nick Eanet (Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) recently, The Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ) was led in animated conversation by noted lecturer, writer and broadcast commentator Nancy Shear....READ MORE

Making Room for the Arts
By Richard Kessler
Is the state law that created mayoral control of New York City public schools is set to expire in June, state policymakers, parents, and everyone in between is discussing what governance structure is most appropriate for New York City’s education system and its over one million students....READ MORE

Paula Nadelstern:
Unique Quilter Exhibit at American Folk Art Museum

Paula Nadelstern’s exhibit is not to be missed....READ MORE


A Force for British Style Band Music at King’s Point
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Captain Kenneth R. Force, Director of Music and leader for 37 years of the Regimental Band of the United States Merchant Marine Academy is a force of human nature....MORE

Building Custom Guitars
Your students know what an electric guitar is—some probably play them—but do they know how a guitar is made?...MORE


Profile: Richard Kessler
At the Center of The Center for Arts Education
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though the name of this nine-year young arts advocacy organization doesn’t yet win awards for recognition, its new 46-year old executive director, with his lively, down-home enthusiasm, seems ideally positioned to “trumpet” the mission of The Center for Arts Education...

Profile: Hollis Headrick
The Weill-Tempered Arts Initiative
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Amazing but inevitable, perhaps, and certainly understandable that Hollis Headrick, the director of the Weill Music Institute (WMI) at Carnegie Hall, named for benefactor Sanford I. Weill, is pursuing a career started at 16 when his music teacher at Central High in Cape Girardeau, Missouri gave him the go ahead to assemble musicians for an R & B and Rock band... READ MORE

The Time is Right for Arts in Education
By Scott Noppe-Brandon
Education has always been and will always be a hot-button issue. Questions regarding local, state, and federal influence or control will always be debated, as will the curriculum: what and how students should be taught. READ MORE


The Salzburg Festival: La Traviata Sets New Gold Standard
By Irving Spitz, Music Editor
Special from Salzberg: Verdi’s La Traviata is performed so often that it’s a challenge to present something new. Producer Willy Decker and director Wolfgang Gussmann achieved this in a dramatically coherent and visually compelling way. READ MORE


The Incredible Maxine Greene
By Scott Noppe-Brandon
Over 30 years ago, Lincoln Center Institute, through its founder Mark Schubart, began a critical re-examination of its performing arts program for young people. READ MORE

JULY 2005

The Berlin Philharmonic Back in Salzburg for Annual Festival
Masterful Music Making
By Irving Spitz
The Berlin Philharmonic made its annual appearance in Salzburg with an exciting program comprising three concerts and one opera. The emphasis this year was on the British composer, Benjamin Britten. His opera, Peter Grimes, is a gloomy saga about the proud, self-willed fisherman. READ MORE

jUNE 2005

“Dancing Through Barriers” at Dance Theater of Harlem: An Interview with Keith Saunders
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Saunders, who went to Harvard when he was 18, got interested in Afro-American and modern jazz dance, after taking just one course, and was eventually accepted at DTH, where he rose through the ranks. READ MORE

Executive Director of the Lincoln Center Institute Shares Insights
By Scott Noppe-Brandon
For this column, I thought I’d stray a litle bit from my usual concerns, namely the state of arts in education. Just a little bit, mind you: I want to talk about a favorite television program and, after all, being aware of the impact a powerful medium can have is part of my work.

MAY 2005

Folksbiene Presents World-Class Klezmer Group Brave Old World
At the heart of “Song of the Lodz Ghetto” (“Duz gezang fin geto Lodzh”) are rare songs performed in the streets of the Lodz Ghetto between 1940 and 1944, part of an oral legacy that was preserved by ethnomusicologist Gila Flam in the late 1980’s. READ MORE

Guarneri Quartet: Michael Tree Continues to Branch Out Performing and Teaching
By Joan Baum Ph.D
It’s relatively rare that famous musical artists credit their audiences and students for helping to educate them, but then Michael Tree seems to be an unusually humble and gracious musician. READ MORE

Theater Reviews
Bad Tots Plot: Schockheaded Peter
By Jan Aaron

In Shockheaded Peter at the Little Shubert badly behaved Victorian tots come to nasty ends. READ MORE

Wild Sendak Show at the Jewish Museum
By Jan Aaron
Original drawings, happy, sad and introspective are on display as are preliminary sketches, artwork for posters, theater and opera sets, and costumes created from Sendak designs. READ MORE

Violinist Forges New Paths in Music
By Joan Baum, Ph.D
The group will strive for “broad appeal and varied programming,” for example, and audiences will see and hear a standard chamber orchestra, in addition to fine instrumentalists playing solo and in quartet. READ MORE

MARCH 2005

Previewing the 2005-2006 Season at Carnegie Hall
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Addressing a packed house at Weill Recital Hall, one of Carnegie Hall’s three main stages, along with Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall, Klaus Jacobs, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Acting Executive Director... READ MORE

An Intrepid Group Plays the Mandolin
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
The New York Mandolin Orchestra (NYMO), now in its 80th year, and said to be the oldest known continuously performing Mandolin Orchestra in the country, has a long and well revered reputation that is being maintained by its newest concertmaster... READ MORE


The Making of a First Documentary
By Joe Charap & Josh Koplewicz
The small crowd, braving the cold winds of late October East Hampton, gazed at our industry passes then up at our young scruffy faces, their eyes glazed with a mix of envy and begrudged respect. We, two former New York City prep-schoolers (Friends and Dalton), had gotten our first film, a short-documentary entitled Pigeonmen, into the Hamptons International Film Festival this October.

The Salzburg Festival Part 2
Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt:

Let’s Hear This Forgotten Masterpiece More Often!
By Irving Spitz
One of the memorable highlights at the recent Salzburg summer Festival was a performance of Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City),
an opera composed by Eric Wolfgang Korngold.


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