Category Archives: Music

Merima and Ariadne at Exeter (Update!)

Merima and Ariadne have come and gone — what gorgeous artists, what wonderful people! Their concert Tuesday night absolutely blew the roof off the place. Jaw-dropping virtuosity (concert accordion and soprano voice), extraordinary emotional depth and range. Two very short, breathtaking audio clips … Continue reading

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Merima and Ariadne at Exeter

If the rapture is going to happen soon, I hope it can wait a couple of weeks — or else leave me behind — for this upcoming concert at Phillips Exeter: Ariadne Greif (soprano) and Merima Ključo (concert accordion), Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Sarajevo Remembers

On April 6, 1992, the horrific siege of Sarajevo began. Last week, to mark the twentieth anniversary, Sarajevo’s East West Theatre Company staged an extraordinary outdoor ceremony of remembrance, combining music, dance, and an installation of 11,541 empty red chairs, one for each person who … Continue reading

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For Martin Luther King: On Whiteness and the Struggle to Be Human

Last summer, I launched “Wayne Street Soul” to get in the habit of writing personal narrative, knowing that I was slated to offer a 20-minute autobiographical reflection to the Phillips Exeter community sometime this winter. Wednesday was judgment day. I quaked … Continue reading

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Teen Drama

Alex and I have been watching Friday Night Lights religiously this summer. From fiction’s safe distance, we can explore the torturous, thrilling lives of teens and the adults who love and fail them. We rage at their blindness, weep for their losses, and … Continue reading

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