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Music, Theatre & Art Reflections

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  • 22
    Jul

    2020

    Loneliness, Helping Hands, TRUTH: One hundred...

    Until December 2019, I was in Nanjing, some five hundred kilometres from Wuhan where the first cases of the new lung disease were then discovered. When things unfolded in January, I initially felt a sense...

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  • 13
    May

    2020

    Songs for a Sad Season

    Singer-songwriter John Prine fell ill with the Covid-19 virus in March and eventually succumbed to it on April 7. He was a balladeer of the common man, a poet of everyday life with a knack for folding...

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  • 11
    May

    2020

    Mozart, Epidemics and Hope

    I have always been fascinated by the imposing Pestsäule (Plague Column) in Vienna, erected by Emperor Leopold I soon after the plague epidemic of 1679 that killed as many as 75,000 people. Situated on...

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  • 11
    May

    2020

    In Light of Cancelled Creation, Haydn at Home

    “Bombardment of Vienna on the night of the 12th of May [1809],” from the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San José State University....

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