On auditions blind and un-blind; Eisenhower and the ‘military-industrial complex’; ‘cultural appropriation’; and more.
‘Wokeness’ is a threat to classical music, as to other pursuits. Horror stories pile up. Alarm becomes more justified.
On masks, gardens, slang, ‘stumbling stones,’ Gypsies, cows, and more.
On Mozart, pandemic protocol, a Holocaust survivor, patrons of the arts, and more.
Sadly, nobody in the classical-music world seems to have the nerve to say that there is no racism in it and hasn’t been for many decades.
Some reader mail on golf and music (separately!).