Magazine May 28, 2012, Issue

His Own Drum

Michael Hersch (Richard Anderson)

The story of Michael Hersch is one of the most amazing you’ll ever hear — in music or out. He is an American composer, born in 1971. He is one of the most honored and lauded composers before the public today. He deserves this recognition too (say I, as a critic who has covered him for years). Why is his story so amazing? First, there is his extraordinary talent. Second, there is the fact that he started in music at a late age — and rapidly soared to something like the top.

Here in Cleveland, he is premiering two works. To

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