You’d think communities of color, populaces historically dealing with discrimination would be the last to stigmatize or ostracize people simply because they are different. You’d be wrong. You’d similarly think white, gay folk, long targets of homophobia, would be beyond looking askance on gays of color. Again, you’d be wrong. Facts heightening the significance of Lisa Marie Brimmer’s A Tribe Called Queer: Can We Kick It?
The Minnesota Orchestra’s Shakespeare Winterfest is a wonderful piece of season programming. Using material connected to the works of William Shakespeare provides an often-missing focus to a stylistically disparate body of music, and lets listeners hear first-hand how different composers interpreted the same plays. The varying proportion of Shakespeare-related material in a given concert is a strength, as a whole month of nothing but this music might have grown tiresome – but sprinkled here and there and sometimes concentrated, it works quite well. Larsson’s A Winter’s Tale, for example, contrasts excellently with Dvořák’s more familiar New World Symphony, even though the latter having nothing whatsoever to do with the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. The New World Symphony would have been even better paired against Dvořák’s Romeo and Juliet overture, but since the latter work has been lost, it remains an impossible match. Continue Reading