Nine lyricists including Al Dubin (Lullaby of Broadway) and Mitchell Parish (Stardust) tried their hand at gilding Dvorak’s “Humoresque” back in the day. I hooked them together to create a “Humoresque-athon” – medley of mirth. Who do you think best captured the spirit of the old Czech master?

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter – A Profile of the Artist

“In a way, a musician is like an athlete. We have that one chance. At eight o’clock, you bring everything forward – everything you’ve been thinking of, dreaming of and training yourself for.” [Click here to see my complete interview with Anne-Sophie Mutter on] Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the […]

Organist Jonathan Dimmock–On the Brahms Chorale Preludes, at Davies Hall, 2/19–21

During our recent interview, Jonathan discussed the function of the four chorale preludes he will play and their compatibility to both concert and religious venues. [Click here to see my full interview on] He also pointed out that these selections may be the first time any solo organ repertoire has been a part of […]

No Place for the Blues: “Quicksand” at The Stage Door Canteen

“Ethel Waters, the gleaming tower of regality who knows how to make a song stand on tip-toe.” Brooks Atkinson…
Ethels’ power to get a song up on its feet was never more evident than in her rendition of “Quicksand” written especially for her by the team of Al Dubin and James Monaco.

CD – Guy Sherman’s “Yule Hear What I Hear”

The best independently produced Christmas CD of 2014 is Guy Sherman’s Yule Hear What I Hear. The album is a true one man show and a spectacular ear-catching introduction to a most resourceful artist. [Click here to see my full interview with Guy Sherman on] Thirteen tracks include a selection of traditional carols and […]

In Conversation with Debby Boone

“The only place you have any control at all are your own actions and your own decisions,” said Debby Boone. Trying to control other people is not really what we’re called to do.” [Click here to see my complete interview on HuffingtonPost] I told Debby there was no way I could skirt-around the contentious political […]

CD – The Flatterer – Piano Music of Cécile Chaminade

“We’re not struggling to understand why she wrote what she wrote and why she titled it,” says pianist Joanne Polk. “It’s right there and it co-ordinates beautifully.” [Click here to see my full interview with Joanne Polk on] The cover image for the recording – Portrait du marquis d’Afflitto (1925) – sets the tone […]


The minute music publisher Fritz Simrok heard Anton Dvorak’s “Humoresque N7 in 1894 he knew he had a hit on his hands. Simrock wasted no time in having the piece arranged for just about every musical instrument under the sun – thus securing its place on the programs of student recitals and concert halls from Budapest to Baltimore.

“Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone”

When the studios needed a charismatic blonde to play a determined but desperate woman heading straight to the final curtain – Gladys George was the ideal choice. She is the doomed “Madame DuBarry” in MGM’s lavish Marie Antoinette (1939), the hard-boiled owner of a speakeasy in The Roaring Twenties (1932), the ultimately tragic heroine of […]

Author Steve Wilson on “The Making of Gone with the Wind”

Just when I thought I could answer any trivia question on the 1939 production of Gone with the Wind, comes a treasure of new material in Steve Wilson’s book, The Making of Gone with the Wind. It is the companion piece to an exhibit now at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas […]