Category Archives: Music

Stretch Your Fingers And Your Appreciation Of Music Under A Tinted-Glass Ceiling

Three more hours in Philadelphia until I had to leave for the airport. Do I squeeze in lunch at City Tavern and dessert at the Franklin Fountain? How about running through the just-opened Museum of the American Revolution? Or should … Continue reading

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Meet At The Eagle To Hear A Grand Organ Recital

He’s hefty, hails from Frankfort, Germany, and has 5,000 feathers. After flying in from being on view in the German arts and crafts exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, this 2,500-pound bronze eagle landed in the Grand Court of Wanamaker’s … Continue reading

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Anyone Visiting Tullie House Might Well Fancy They Have Dropped Into A Dream Of Fairyland

When William Morris saw thrushes stealing strawberries from his garden at Kelmscott Manor, he was inspired to create one of the most iconic designs of the Arts and Crafts Movement: “Strawberry Thief.” Morris created the pattern around 1883, and it was the … Continue reading

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Columbus Commemorated The 150th Anniversary Of Abraham Lincoln’s Death With Tolling Bells, Firing Cannons, Blooming Lilacs and Mourning Voices

Until June 1, the west portico of the Ohio Statehouse will have a distinctly somber appearance. The towering limestone pillars are wrapped in black bunting, just as they were on April 29, 1865, when 50,000 people passed between them to … Continue reading

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I Played “Carmen Ohio” on the Bells of Orton Hall

While the highlight of Commencement Week at The Ohio State University is receiving a diploma at Ohio Stadium, participating in a “Things You Never Got to See Tour” is a close second. This week, both the graduating and the curious … Continue reading

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Splendid Seasonal Music Filled Two Sacred Settings

“Let’s approach this Advent in a new and different way, folks,” wrote the Very Rev. Michael Lumpe, rector of Saint Joseph Cathedral, on the first Sunday of Advent. “Let’s all begin our lives of faith anew, in hopeful anticipation for … Continue reading

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Bach, Mendelssohn and the Gewandhaus Make Eastern Germany a Classical Destination

Johann Sebastian Bach may have brought me to eastern Germany, but after an afternoon at Felix Mendelssohn’s home and an evening of musical fireworks at the legendary Gewandhaus, I left realizing that the region is an incredible “Classical Destination.” In Bach’s … Continue reading

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