Hurricane Harvey

Yesterday I saw blue sky for the first time in days, and it was a moment of relief, but Harvey will be lingering in Houston for years to come. Among the many traumatic images and stories of suffering, my thoughts are with the Houston Theater District–Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, the Alley–that has experienced devastating flooding and loss. It’s a massive blow to our rich, artistic community.

NYC phone book note, circa 1966

From July 1966 to January 1967, John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded several conversations for radio at WBAI in New York City (happily published by MusikTexte in 1993). In a conversation in July, 1966, they ended up talking about looking names up in the phone book:

“I’m sure there’s only one John Cage in the telephone book, but there are quite a few Morton Feldmans in the New York book. Varèse once called me and said he’s just called another Morton Feldman. And he said to him, ‘Well, are you the composer?’ …and the man said, ‘No, I’m in lingerie.'”

Twilight in Houston

It’s finally here, the end of Houston Grand Opera’s epic Ring Cycle. Looking back, I have to say I’ve loved every minute of it–the wild fantasy of the production, the singers (Christine Goerke!), the fire and ice that met every turn. Indeed, it is a bittersweet ending to a four-year journey. Read my review at Houstonia Magazine.

(If you want to go back in time and reminisce with me, you can read my reviews of Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, and Siegfried too.)