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by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 16, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas
Replies: 3
Views: 1082

Very interesting, Paul! I didn't know that. But I still remain skeptical that Mr. Balsam could read any form of Korean!
by Donald Isler
Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas
Replies: 3
Views: 1082

One Pianist Copes With the Two Koreas

Artur Balsam spoke quite a few languages, all of them with a lisp and a strong Polish accent. He was fluent in Polish, Russian, German, English, and, I think, a few others. One Korean student told me she wrote notes in Korean in her scores on what he told her in coachings. Afterwards she saw him stu...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Another New York Story
Replies: 12
Views: 2240

Frank,

We have deer in Irvington, too. I try to avoid them (especially when driving!).

Mr. Ax appears to be in good shape so I guess his workouts at the gym were effective.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 11, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Part of American History We Shouldn't Forget
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Another Part of American History We Shouldn't Forget

News 06/11/2005 15:14:58 EST ROGELIO SOLIS/AP Photo Mississippians Wary of Civil-Rights Trial By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - Hicks. Rednecks. Racists. People who live in this town of 7,300 have heard the epithets slung their way for decades. And many - black an...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Another New York Story
Replies: 12
Views: 2240

Another New York Story

As Lance plans his radio programs according to the birthdays of the musicians he features I do a monthly music appreciation/theory/ performance class for my piano students, and usually begin the class by playing for them CD's of composers and/or pianists who have birthdays that month. Tomorrow I wil...
by Donald Isler
Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: obscure Hindemith work
Replies: 11
Views: 2575

Speaking of truly obscure Hindemith works: A deceased cousin by marriage said her grandparents helped and encouraged Hindemith at the very beginning of his career, and he wrote a short work in honor of the wedding of her parents, around 1912. But they were killed in the Holocaust and that work (I th...
by Donald Isler
Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: June 4: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 642

Lance,

You may want to check the dates of Martin Krause. The date you gave for his birth may be his death date. No idea when he was born.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 6577

I think the whole country was hanging onto every relevation at the time of Watergate. This was a unique crisis the country was put through, and only near the end did we know how it would turn out.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I Need Your Perspective on Watergate
Replies: 62
Views: 6577

It was a really scary time when we realized just how corrupt the president had been. The tapes he was forced to turn over proved that he had been obstructing justice (by preventing the FBI from finding that out). When this evidence came out ALL his supporters in Congress, who had hoped to save his p...
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Sometimes the French Get It Right
Replies: 2
Views: 811

We also don't have Europe's history. I think different laws can be appropriate in different countries. I certainly don't mind, for example, that certain pronunciations in favor of anti-semitism are illegal in Germany.
by Donald Isler
Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Sometimes the French Get It Right
Replies: 2
Views: 811

Sometimes the French Get It Right

Last update - 18:40 04/06/2005 Le Monde editor found guilty of defamation against Jews, Israel By Haaretz Service A French court has found the editor-in-chief of the influential daily newspaper Le Monde and the authors of an opinion piece in the paper guilty of "racial defamation" against Israel and...
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: June 2: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Just noticed Franz Strauss' death listed here. Of course I could be mistaken but according to Slonimsky (Baker's Biographical Dictionary of musicians) he died on May 31st.
by Donald Isler
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 31: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 1
Views: 667

Also on this date, in 1905, Franz Strauss (born Feb. 26, 1822), composer, French horn player and father of Richard, died. I remember this because on the very day he died a cousin of ours was born and HE just celebrated a VERY big birthday! (I'd list him here, but he's not a musician, "just" a music ...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 31, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Isler Recital Program
Replies: 3
Views: 1045

Thanks for your interest, Karl and Ralph. It went quite well indeed!
by Donald Isler
Tue May 31, 2005 11:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Favorite Greasy Spoons
Replies: 18
Views: 3457

When I lived in on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, back in the 70's and 80's I ate every night at Tom's Restaurant in the Columbia University area. It later became famous as the exterior of the coffee shop where Jerry and his friends ate regularly on Seinfeld. It's about as far as you can get from...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 10:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

I think you are looking at it from an American viewpoint, Ralph, and I am looking at it from a Jewish viewpoint. Although we're obviously both loyal Americans of Jewish background. This doesn't mean I'm anti-Palestinian, or that I support everything Sharon has done. I'd like to see a successful two-...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 10:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Article About Women's Rights and Daughter of Famous Pianist
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Article About Women's Rights and Daughter of Famous Pianist

Beate Sirota Gordon was the daughter of Leo Sirota, whose wonderful Chopin recordings one should hear. The New York Times By JAMES BROOKE Published: May 28, 2005 TOKYO In the back of a theater here, two gray-haired women perched on the edge of their seats, nodding their heads, clapping their hands s...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 28, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

An Interesting Approach to Anti-Zionism

The Jewish Week (New York) Saturday, May 28, 2005 / 19 Iyyar 5765 Condemn Anti-Zionism As Racism by Judea Pearl In the past two months I have visited four “troubled” campuses — Duke, York (Canada), Columbia and the University of California Irvine — where tensions between Jewish and anti-Zionist stud...
by Donald Isler
Fri May 27, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ruth Laredo Dies
Replies: 18
Views: 3238

Ruth Laredo Dies

Ruth Laredo, Pianist Who Recorded Rachmaninoff, Dies at 67 By DANIEL J. WAKIN Published: May 27, 2005 Ruth Laredo, a pianist equally at home in chamber music and solo works who was known for landmark recordings of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, died on Wednesday at her apartment in New York. She was 67....
by Donald Isler
Thu May 26, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

Apparently when anti-semites lose it's "anti-democratic!" Last update - 17:57 26/05/2005 British group cancels boycott of two Israeli universities By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent LONDON - The British Association of University Teachers (AUT) decided Thursday to cancel its controversial deci...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 25, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 22: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Lance, Thanks for your interest in the recital (and also for including my grandfather in the 5/24 listings). It went very well despite a lousy cold which I still have, and which caused me not to be able to attend my cousin's 100th birthday party the day before. (Didn't want to give him the cold.) Pr...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 25, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 25: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Corlyss may think otherwise, but I'm not sure that is where Buckley is heading anyway!
by Donald Isler
Wed May 25, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: May 22: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Lance,

Is this perhaps supposed to be May 22nd?
by Donald Isler
Tue May 24, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Heroic Part of Jewish History Told By A Participant
Replies: 2
Views: 804

A Heroic Part of Jewish History Told By A Participant

This is a new translation into English just made by my cousin in Kfar Saba, who commanded a ship which smuggled Jewish Holocaust survivors into Palestine in 1946. For those who may not know this history: There was not yet a State of Israel, and at this point the enemy was the British, who ruled the ...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 24, 2005 4:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Kurt Sanderling, a great conductor
Replies: 13
Views: 2433

An interesting thread about a conductor whose name I've heard, but whose music-making I haven't. Makes me want to listen to some of his recordings. As for the ever provocative Mr. Lebrecht: We will have to see if his writing is still at ITS peak in his old age, when he gets there. As for his comment...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 24, 2005 4:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

Last update - 10:16 24/05/2005 Twenty-one Nobel Prize laureates urge end to British academic boycott By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent Twenty-one Nobel Prize laureates will send a letter to the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) urging it to cancel the decision to impose an aca...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 21, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

Last update - 07:34 22/05/2005 Palestinian university president denounces UK boycott of Israeli academia By Tamara Traubman and Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent Prof. Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem, last Thursday joined Prof. Menachem Magidor, president of Hebr...
by Donald Isler
Fri May 20, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The "Moderate" PLO?
Replies: 43
Views: 5462

Yasser forwarded:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4565301.stm

This is certainly good news, if it is true.
by Donald Isler
Fri May 20, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Old Radio Signature Themes
Replies: 15
Views: 4642

Also, Mendelssohn's Spinning Song, played, I think, by Rachmaninoff, on Joe Patrych and Bruce Posner's old program Concert Grand, a mainstay of WFUV in New York, before that station got rid of classical music (and my listenership!).
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 11:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Old Radio Signature Themes
Replies: 15
Views: 4642

On WQXR (New York): Horowitz playing Schumann's Arabesque as the theme for Piano Personalities, a show that ran for years and years on weekday mornings. Several times a day's program featured both Robert Goldsand and Bruce Hungeford, and I (quite selfishly) decided it was in my honor since I think I...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: About That Troop Drawdown in Iraq in '06
Replies: 40
Views: 6816

I also don't think op-ed people should have to identify their politics. That would only be necessary for people who are too lazy to pay attention. For example, despite it's generally liberal tendencies the NY Times always has at least one Republican-leaning op-ed writer. Also, Friedman is quite un-o...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Filibusterus delendus est
Replies: 53
Views: 7421

JackC wrote: "Well, that has been the line against Republicans as long as I can remember. Yet in the last generation we have seen an amazing power shift away from Democrats and towards Republicans. No doubt that power will shift back at some point, but if what you say is true, why haven't Americans ...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 9:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Filibusterus delendus est
Replies: 53
Views: 7421

True, the Republicans are currently riding high, but this too will only last so long. Making the Middle East a more democratic region is their one good idea, and we can only hope it ultimately turns out well. Otherwise, their political and economic policies are cheap, selfish, nasty, divisive, and n...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 19, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: My classical reviews site.
Replies: 4
Views: 1154

I haven't heard any of the performances you describe, so don't know if I would agree with your evaluations but find your writing very thoughtful, knowledgeable and intelligent. Keep up the good work! The more you do the better you will get at it! I would also suggest you change the name of the blogs...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 17, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5149

I believe the name of the country has not yet been changed to Medinat HaLikud, but remains Medinat Yisrael. There are a lot of people there who are not die-hard Likudniks, even if you happen not to like them, and a big part of Sharon's problems is that he's gone against the wishes of many of his sup...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 17, 2005 10:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5149

Pizza, You're very out of date as far as understanding the Bronx! New York City (and that includes the Bronx) has reduced its murder rate by about 2/3rds, all the way back to the low levels of 40 years ago. Chicago should be so lucky! Second, as I said, Israelis are very much divided on the issues w...
by Donald Isler
Tue May 17, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5149

Every American Jew thinks he knows what to do about the conflict better than anyone else. Whether they're right-leaning or left-leaning I tend to take them all with a grain of salt because they yap at a safe distance, and the consequences are to be suffered not by us in Chicago and New York but by o...
by Donald Isler
Mon May 16, 2005 11:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state
Replies: 36
Views: 5149

There are some nasty people on both sides, without doubt. And there will have to be a resolution to this situation, which will be difficult. I do respect Rabbis For Human Rights, though not all the other organizations, some of which are strongly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. But don't say the Is...
by Donald Isler
Mon May 16, 2005 8:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: What do you think of this user: MACHINA weapon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3174

Machina,

I agree that getting professional help would probably do you a lot of good, and also some medication prescribed by a doctor could improve your mood. As for your profession, maybe you could rethink what you want to do. You write well. Maybe you could get into music criticism?

Good luck!

Don
by Donald Isler
Sun May 15, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Hello I'm Bonamici...
Replies: 15
Views: 2504

Welcome, Bonamici! Hope you enjoy your time here on the boards!

Don
by Donald Isler
Sun May 15, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

I don't think I'm any more uninformed than you are, Pizza. I've seen them do that in New York, too. I know perfectly well the rationale behind their action. But I don't like to see Jews taking part in anti-Israel demonstrations together with Palestinians, which is what I saw.
by Donald Isler
Sun May 15, 2005 6:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

You can make whatever silly excuses you want. If they're demonstrating with the Palestinians against Israel as far as I'm concerned they are, in this matter, pro-Palestinian.
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

Last update - 00:54 15/05/2005 Opposition to U.K. boycott of Israeli universities increasing By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent At least three British universities will oppose the boycott imposed by the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) on Bar-Ilan and Haifa universities in Apr...
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Not a Pluss for Fairleigh Dickinson University
Replies: 9
Views: 2248

They're not exactly the same thing. No Jew who cares about Israel likes to hear it defamed but, as is obvious, we have differences on how the conflict in the region should be settled, where borders should be, etc.

Questioning if the Holocaust happened is totally out of bounds.
by Donald Isler
Sat May 14, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Not a Pluss for Fairleigh Dickinson University
Replies: 9
Views: 2248

I think the Columbia situation was more about Middle East politics, not the Holocaust. This kind of stuff is beyond the pale.
by Donald Isler
Fri May 13, 2005 10:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Grieg have a dinner party.
Replies: 11
Views: 2462

A very nice story which I'm happy to hear again. I remember Ruth Laredo told it once some years ago at a lecture recital she gave at the Metropolitan Museum.
by Donald Isler
Thu May 12, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

Ralph, London ain't New York. And our fellow Jews just don't have the numbers or impact we have here. In the summer of 2003 I was in London, just after a trip to Israel, and suddenly came upon a loud pro-Palestinian demonstration. I asked what it was about, and why it was taking place there. I was t...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 12, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

Last update - 20:24 12/05/2005 Bar-Ilan University opens Web site to fight British boycott By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent Bar-Ilan University has created a new Web site to enlist academics to oppose the boycott that Britain's Association of University Teachers has declared against it and ...
by Donald Isler
Wed May 11, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Isler Recital Program
Replies: 3
Views: 1045

Isler Recital Program

I'll be playing a piano recital at a church in Yonkers, New York on Sunday, May 22nd. The program will include the Fourth English Suite of Bach, the 31st Sonata of Beethoven, Op. 110, and the C Minor Sonata of Schubert, D. 958. If anyone is interested in attending please send me a personal message, ...
by Donald Isler
Thu May 05, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A virulent intolerance from British academia
Replies: 95
Views: 16074

Haaretz Last update - 20:06 05/05/2005 British lecturers call special meeting to reconsider boycott By Tamara Traubman, Haaretz Correspondent The Association of University Teachers (AUT) in the United Kingdom has decided to call a special meeting to reconsider its boycott of two Israeli universities...