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R.I.P. Juraj Filas (March 5, 1955-December 31, 2021)
A composer whose time will come

December 31, 2021

I've just learned from mutual friends, with great sadness, of the death of the Czech composer Juraj Filas, yet another victim of the continuing pandemic. To the best of my knowledge, this post will be the first to bring the news to the internet.

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The Amahl file
A lifetime with Menotti's Christmas miracle

December 23, 2021

1. Looking back: an introduction

I was a shepherd, I had a flock of sheep

But my mother sold them, sold them

Now there are no sheep left...

Four days shy of my fourth birthday, well past my bedtime, my parents plunked me down in front of the television set to watch Amahl and the Night Visitors, the inaugural presentation of the Hallmark Television Playhouse and a world premiere. That was on Christmas Eve, 1951. Tomorrow, Gian Carlo Menotti's shepherd boy turns 70. Yet in the popular imagination (not to mention my own), he hasn't aged a day.

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A banner year of armchair opera, three banner weeks with Michael Spyres
From Air Mail, a chronicle of musical adventures

December 20, 2021

When life as you've known it flies off the rails, it's time to impose new structure. In January, Laura Jacobs, my editor at Air Mail, came up with a project that has been keeping me on my toes all year. Yes, the lively arts were in lockdown. Yes, travel was all but impossible. Yet online, opera was making quite a comeback. Free streams nightly from the Met. Major new productions from Europe, beamed out from from empty auditoriums. Experimental novelties proliferating on Zoom. So, said Laura, how about a virtual Pick of the Week? Short takes, please! But each informed by a lifetime's impassioned engagement with the art.

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When's Boxing Day again?
A schedule correction; "One More Kiss"

December 4, 2021

In yesterday's post "The Sondheim file: A personal roundup," I garbled the information on my second on-air Stephen Sondheim tribute. The copy should have read:

For anyone who missed my Sondheim tribute on "Catch of the Day" last Sunday or is hungry for more, we've slotted in a second earful of Sondheim songs and stories on Boxing Day, Sunday, December 26 at noon, Hawaiian-Aleutian time. Barring technical mishaps, the segment will remain available on demand at through January 8, 2022.

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The Sondheim File
A personal roundup

December 3, 2021

Here today... On Thursday, Stephen Sondheim was celebrating Thanksgiving in the country with friends. Early Black Friday, he was gone. After a week of shock, reminiscence, and celebration, I'm still in the dark as to what happened.

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