New York Philharmonic Visit Shows Unexpected Effect — North Korean Media Calls for Vigiliance Against Jazz

Rodong Sinmun, the main mouthpiece in North Korea, carries an editorial calling for greater vigiliance in the musical realm, with ample reference to how exposure to rock and jazz music helped to speed the collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe: Those who were corrupted first by the wind of renovation and reform in the former socialist countries were the young. They led the way … Continue reading New York Philharmonic Visit Shows Unexpected Effect — North Korean Media Calls for Vigiliance Against Jazz

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On the cusp of a new season covering the New York Philharmonic, music critic Anthony Tommasini describes his excitement over the appointment of American conductor Alan Gilbert as music director:  “Mr. Gilbert has the potential to bring back some Bernsteinian vitality while avoiding Boulezian agendas.” I think all of our work could use a little more Bernsteinian vitality, but buttressed with the structures (and the … Continue reading Sentence of the Day