classical music

Phantom of the Orchestra
March 02, 2015

Mamoru Samuragochi’s story hit all the right notes: a deaf genius whose music inspired a nation. But the “Japanese Beethoven” wasn’t who he seemed.

In Praise of Beautiful Music
June 13, 2014

“Isn’t beautiful enough for you?” I’ve been struggling with this question for much of my life as a critic.

America's Orchestras are in Crisis
August 25, 2013

Quit trying to popularize classical music. It only undermines what makes orchestras great.