Monthly Archives: February 2009

A Star Is Born (Two Hundred Years Ago)

Two hundred years ago today, Felix Mendellsohn was born. Until Wagner’s successful anti-Semitic attack on Jewish composers, Mendellsohn was easily the world’s most popular composer. While I remember reading his biography, what I remember most was putting the Scottish Symphony … Continue reading

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'burgh's Big Ben more famous than London's?

My favorite ride at Kennywood Park was the Jack Rabbit. As a child, I thought that roller coaster was the most deliciously scary experience of the summer. Last night was another wild Pittsburgh ride, as only last minute heroics by … Continue reading

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