Author: Elyn Zimmerman

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States

  This Showtime series starts at WWII, and with 10 episodes brings us almost up to today. It is sober and sobering. Rarely is there anything utterly surprising, with the one exception of episode 6, the Cuban missile crisis. The …Read More

National September 11 Memorial Museum

  This past Monday I had a special experience: a priority visit to the new National September 11 Memorial Museum. I had read Holland Cotter’s NYT review of it last week from the press opening and was incredulous: his praise just …Read More


Ravel and Beethoven… a contrast in every way. Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, 1902, and Daphnis et Chloe, 1912 are immersive, fluid, tone poems. Dense, rich textures and harmonies wash over you and it’s best to literally “go with …Read More

Ojai Music Festival

  At its inception in 1947, under the guidance of John Bauer and conductor Thor Johnson, the Festival featured a balance of classics and contemporary fare.  In 1954 the emphasis had shifted to new music, and Ojai soon became the …Read More

New York State of Mind

Billy Joel and a Vanderbilt student performing an impromptu duet. This is so delightful and spontaneous and one of my favorite “New York” songs.  I can’t imagine that situations like this happen often or result in the quality we see here. –elyn zimmerman

The Artful Recluse

To demonstrate loyalty in the face of the Ming defeat, some 17th-century Chinese artists chose to signal their resistance through paintings, which are now on display at Asia Society and reviewed by Holland Carter in the New York Times. I saw this exhibit at the …Read More

Michael Heizer: Levitated Mass

At the /Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Congratulations to Heizer and Michael Govan LACMA director.  The rock needed both of them to have found its place in LA — Heizer for his career’s consistent vision and Govan for taking …Read More

Les Troyens

By Berlioz, at the Met Opera.  It’s a smart production by Francesca Zambello with minimal structure but maximal effect. Costumes and lighting are fine, too.  There are many dance sequences that are generally well done and not a distraction. The …Read More


I’d like to recommend the Lionheart concert at the Cloisters on Dec. 23. Lionheart is a six-man a cappella ensemble. They perform medieval English carols and song cycles in a chapel in the Cloisters.  The stone floor and walls create a …Read More