Arts & Culture

CD Review: ‘Shakespeare Songs’

(Warner Classics)
(Warner Classics)

Everybody knows William Shakespeare (1564–1616) the playwright, but how about Shakespeare the lyricist? Actually, the Bard of Avon penned song lyrics for a number of...


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    Theater Review: ‘Marie and Rosetta’

    NEW YORK—The rafters ring with song and some good old-fashioned common sense in George Brant’s “Marie & Rosetta.” The Atlantic Theater Company’s production of the... Read more

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    Theater Review: ‘Marie and Rosetta’

    NEW YORK—The rafters ring with song and some good old-fashioned common sense in George Brant’s “Marie & Rosetta.” The Atlantic Theater Company’s production of the... Read more

  • Hersey Felder as Leonard Bernstein, in “Maestro.” (Courtesy of  Hersey Felder Presents)

    Theater Review: ‘Maestro’

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  • (Deutsche Grammophon)

    CD Review: ‘Verismo’

    Anna Netrebko’s voice has darkened over the 20 years of her career, and she has been changing her roles to accommodate that change. She recently... Read more

  • Miyosa Takahashi, a Japanese radio host, expresses her admiration and praises for Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, on Sept. 15, 2016. (Hiroshi Nogami/Epoch Times)

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  • This undated photo provided by Lauren Paul shows an example of the Japanese flower-arranging tradition of ikebana. While Western floral design typically emphasizes flowers and color, ikebana is more focused on the sculptural lines, proportions and shape of the arrangement. Paul is president of Ikebana International's Detroit chapter. (Lauren Paul via AP)

    Ikebana: More Than Just Floral Design, It’s a Contemplative Art

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