Joseph Wambaugh is a rarity in the publishing world. The Los Angeles detective-turned-best-selling author no longer accepts an advance for his books. It’s a matter of principle.
Classical violinist Joshua Bell is, much like his treasured instrument, one of a kind. Not only is he an esteemed performer in all classical circles, but something of a pop culture phenomenon. In his new record, Bell recreates the magic of performing with a room full of talented friends by producing a string of duets as diverse but uniform as the colors of the evening sky.
The last time I experienced acoustics as perfect as those of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House was in the summer of 1969, when I saw a performance of the play “Antigone” in the 15,000 seat outdoor theater in Epidaurus, Greece, one of the most acoustically perfect spots on the planet.