Author: Joshua Kosman

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Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1 Gets angry when Oakland team is taken in by dubious faith (3,1,3)  5 Honest union... [Read More]
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Montreal Symphony Classical Leonard Bernstein's final stage work, the three-act opera "A Quiet Place," has always struggled to make its way in the world. Largely... [Read More]
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It was only last year that the San Francisco International Piano Festival got off the ground, but you can already feel it moving into position... [Read More]
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Encounters with Debussy's lone completed opera, the murmuring symbolist epic "Pelléas and Mélisande," often take place in a shadowy realm of vagueness and insinuation. Motives... [Read More]
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The two bored aristocrats who occupy Luca Francesconi's 2011 opera "Quartett" are in an existential pickle. Alienated from the world around them, in thrall to... [Read More]
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Anyone who's ever been dragged from sleep by a persistent alarm will identify immediately with the comic predicament that opens the third act of Handel's... [Read More]
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The Marquise de Merteuil and the Viscount de Valmont - those sexy, beguilingly amoral seducers from Pierre Choderlos Laclos' wonderful 1782 novel - have seen... [Read More]
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JOSHUA KOSMAN'S CLASSICAL MUSIC PICK To... [Read More]
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All of Handel's operas and oratorios are packed full of melodic invention and psychological character. But few strike a balance between comedy and serious drama... [Read More]
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For many of us, Mata Hari isn't much more than a name, a tidy symbol of the nexus of sex and intrigue that constitutes our... [Read More]
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Nobody actually got up to dance in the aisles of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium over the course of the opening weekend of the Cabrillo... [Read More]
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James Tenney New Music The work of composer James Tenney, who died in 2006 at 72, remains one of the little-known (though influential) treasures of... [Read More]
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With his 1951 opera "The Rake's Progress," Stravinsky set a seal on what has come to be known as his neo-Classical period, the decades-long stretch... [Read More]
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It doesn't matter how many times you attend the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, there's no particularly solid way of knowing just what to expect.... [Read More]
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Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1  Cheerful brew pub to have food (6)  5 Belief in Edmonton athlete's comeback maintain... [Read More]
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Through the early decades of the 20th century, a handful of ethnographically minded composers roamed the Hungarian countryside, collecting the musical folk strains of their... [Read More]
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Detlev Olshausen, a violist whose stately but impassioned playing was an essential component of the San Francisco Symphony's sound for half a century, died Tuesday,... [Read More]
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Before composing "The Rake's Progress," his operatic parable based on the drawings of William Hogarth, Stravinsky asked his publisher for a care package of operatic... [Read More]
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Aside from various unfinished projects, Debussy's operatic legacy consists solely of "Pelléas and Mélisande," the moody, potentially static tale of two lovers moving through the... [Read More]
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JOSHUA KOSMAN'S CLASSICAL MUSIC PICK The sound... [Read More]
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