What inspires you to compose/perform music that has political overtones?

Leonard LehrmanPhoto by Helene Williams Making the Political Personal What does one ever hope to achieve by composing/performing any music? To change the world, transform it, or at least leave it a bit better than one found it, perhaps. In a certain sense, all artistic expression has political overtones. When told she would be allowed […]

View From Even Further East: The Importance of Being Europe

Daniel Felsenfeld Waiting in the Iberia terminal of New York’s JFK airport, I am more nervous than usual. The flight, much delayed, will soon spirit me away to Madrid, Spain; after a few connections I will ultimately end up in Gijon, Asturias, a small city on the north coast. There, at the jejune-but-mighty Piano España […]

View From the West: Learning from All that is Right with Disney Hall

Alan Rich The red carpet has been rolled up, the hors d’oeuvres eaten, and the champagne stored until the next gala event—which, this being Los Angeles, is sure to happen soon. Last week the city breathed a collective sigh of relief and opened the grand glass doors to its latest cultural amenity, the Walt Disney […]