For contemporary composer John Adams, it was three notes that launched his latest opera: the sound of a pick axe “chipping away at stone.” Premiering at the San Francisco Opera, "Girls of the Golden West," a collaboration with director Peter…
By Jeffrey Brown
A new HBO miniseries based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning biography by David McCullough aims to present an authentic portrayal of the life and times of America's second president, John Adams. McCullough and actor Paul Giamatti, who plays Adams in the…
Marin Alsop was recently appointed to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the first woman head of a major American orchaestra, as traditionally defined by budget size and other factors. Jeffrey Brown profiles Alsop's work in music.
President Bush has seen his public approval ratings drop steadily over the past year as he confronts problems on a number of fronts. Presidential historians reflect upon the present situation through the prism of the past.
David McCullough discusses his biography, "John Adams," the story of the nation's second president who died on July 4, 1826.
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