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Frank LLoyd Wright@ the Guggenheim

In Arts & Theater & Music& Opera on May 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

For the Guggenheim’s 50th birthday how fitting to look at how it came to be. The museum is stuffed with FLW drawings and concepts and models and videos that are interspersed in such a way that you never tire of each format. The show is huge and will take a few visits to get through, but for the one time first time visitor it shows the great man’s vision for a better world through architecture. Some of the side galleries are dramatically lit to good advantage; and you wander in and back out to the Rotunda and never lose the thread of the show. The Ayne Randish super cities of the future in Bagdad and Asia are almost cute in the rear view mirror of what actually happened. Our boy Frank really deserves this show. The recent Hadid concepts, and all the Gehry buildings, and Koolhaus rebuilding China and don’t leave out the Piano  portfolio are a post script of Wright’s inspired view of what might happen in architechture and how it might save us from ourselves, not.


Gotterdammerung@ The Met

In Opera, Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

This was a fitting good bye to the Schenk production. Some great singing and acting by new to The Met, Christian Franz as Siegfried and Katarina Dalayman as Brunnhilde and pillars of past productions;John Tomlinson as Hagen, Richard Paul Fink in a terrific Albrerich. Wagner uses some of the Italian devices that he scorned, the chorus jumps to mind, maybe to come down to earth for us as the scenes come from under the river and in caves to the world that men live in complete with grass and sunshine .  The  story is why we call soap operas just that!

The Met Orchestra gets a giant, no pun, hand before each act, and after. They have become the peak to aspire to in The Ring performances. After all the hand wringing about this being a great production, and it is, twenty years is a long time . Let’s see the new Lapage sets before we think it’s the end of the world, no pun here either. New interpretation is what keeps Opera vital and alive as a contemporary art form. New people and new ideas and new audiences will keep The Ring going for another 150 years.