Robert W. Duffy http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ralph Lowenbaum: He Led A Life Without Headlines But With Artistic Consequence http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ralph-lowenbaum-he-led-life-without-headlines-artistic-consequence <p>Ralph Lowenbaum didn’t get a news obituary either in the morning paper or here at St. Louis Public Radio. News editors, rightly, ask “What did he or she do?” and they’re not easily swayed by exaggerations or social or professional associations. The bar is high, and those who don’t clear it don’t make it.</p><p>By traditional measurements, reinforced by general perceptions of Mr. Lowenbaum’s 89½ years, the answer to “what did he do” would be “not much.” Turns out, that was wrong.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:40:12 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 38111 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ralph Lowenbaum: He Led A Life Without Headlines But With Artistic Consequence Reflections: Listen To The Serious, Radiant 'Dialogues Of The Carmelites' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflections-listen-serious-radiant-dialogues-carmelites <p>Thirty-one years ago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis pulled off a season that resounds in memory as an artistic volcano, a bonanza, an operatic gold mine, a tour de force. It followed the defining 1982 season, one crowned with Jonathan Miller’s “<em>Così</em><em> fan tutte,</em>” a show conducted by Calvin Simmons, who died the summer following his and Dr. Miller’s triumphant achievement.</p><p><strong>Power of Poulenc</strong></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:30:34 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 37342 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflections: Listen To The Serious, Radiant 'Dialogues Of The Carmelites' Reflection: In '27,' Opera Theatre Again Uses Powerful Art To Challenge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-27-opera-theatre-again-uses-powerful-art-challenge <p>When confronted with apparently transcendent genius, the predictable mere-mortal inclination is to concentrate attention and fascination on the person anointed with this luminous intellectual and artistic blessing and to ignore, or to try to explain away, character deficiencies – minor or monstrous. Sometimes the deficiency may be as much a part of the genius’ character as the super-human talent itself, and in some cases leaves the genius Caesar-like with the good interred with his bones.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:32:33 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 37181 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: In '27,' Opera Theatre Again Uses Powerful Art To Challenge Reflection: The Show Goes On In Fine Form At Circus Flora http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-show-goes-fine-form-circus-flora <p>There is a big-man-size hole in the heart of St. Louis’ Circus Flora, a vacancy left by <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/david-balding-founder-circus-flora-lived-life-under-big-top" target="_blank">the death of Ivor David Balding last month at 75</a>. Balding was the founder, the sustenance and the animating spirit of the company. But this breach is masked by the magical, ephemeral costumery of the circus, and apparently, with the greatest of ease, the show indeed is going on.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:55:20 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 36826 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: The Show Goes On In Fine Form At Circus Flora Reflection: Mizrahi Makes This 'Magic Flute' A Bit Too Much Fun http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-mizrahi-makes-magic-flute-bit-too-much-fun <p>Mozart’s Songspiel “The Magic Flute” functions at the summit of human achievement as one of the most affecting and popular works in the history of this medium we call opera – Italian for “work” -- which of course that great aesthetic synthesizer is, and which each individual production is as well. Opera is very hard work.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 20:14:18 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 36443 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Mizrahi Makes This 'Magic Flute' A Bit Too Much Fun Reflection: Robertson's Contract Reinforces The Infrastructure Of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-robertsons-contract-reinforces-infrastructure-st-louis <p>In writing about the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary American cities, the word infrastructure frequently issues forth from the keyboard. Sometimes it is paired with the words “challenges” or “failures.” In a more neutral context, it often is a corollary to nitty-gritty utility systems that keep the metropolis heated, moving, cooled and lighted, or on another scale, buildings that provide shelter for commerce and living. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:13:08 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 34168 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Robertson's Contract Reinforces The Infrastructure Of St. Louis Reflection: Maryville Exhibit Showcases Mid-Century Modern Pioneers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-maryville-exhibit-showcases-mid-century-modern-pioneers <p>It’s not as if everyone were oblivious to the architecture of the middle of the 20<sup>th</sup> century in St. Louis before current interest in it took hold. Prominent mid-century landmarks that are, or were, part of our regional consciousness: the Saarinen Arch, certainly; Samuel Marx’s Clayton Famous-Barr building on Forsyth Boulevard; the Teamster’s complex on Grand Boulevard, with the space-agey former Phillips 66 station enjoying new life as a Starbucks and Chipotle restaurant, and until recently, Edward Durell Stone’s mid-1960s Busch Stadium.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:53:59 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 33641 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Maryville Exhibit Showcases Mid-Century Modern Pioneers Bassoon Brigade To Honor The Memory Of One Young Player And, Perhaps, Inspire Another http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bassoon-brigade-honor-memory-one-young-player-and-perhaps-inspire-another <p>A St. Louis bassoon brigade is heading from Grand Center to Marissa, Ill., on Tuesday. Well, it was heading there on Feb. 4, but a forecast of snow and freezing rain put the planned trip off until Feb. 18.</p><p>Once in Marissa, the brigade will address a musical situation that began playing out in November following a St. Louis Symphony rehearsal of Benjamin Britten’s opera, “Peter Grimes.”</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:46:48 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 33375 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bassoon Brigade To Honor The Memory Of One Young Player And, Perhaps, Inspire Another Reflection: Look Back At Media Hall Of Famers Fox, Graczak, Weil And Defty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-look-back-media-hall-famers-fox-graczak-weil-and-defty <p><em>When word came that four former Post-Dispatch people were being inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, we asked our own Robert W. Duffy to reflect on those he had worked with.</em></p><p>I finally plowed my way into the newsroom of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1972 not as a registered, pedigreed member “Of the Post-Dispatch Staff” but as what’s called a stringer in the business, otherwise known as a free-lancer or correspondent.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 32980 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Look Back At Media Hall Of Famers Fox, Graczak, Weil And Defty In New Book, Eugene Mackey III Honors His Father And Gives Glimpse Of Architectural Inspiration http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-book-eugene-mackey-iii-honors-his-father-and-gives-glimpse-architectural-inspiration <p>Eugene Mackey III was a college sophomore in 1958, pursuing a degree in English at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., when all of a sudden his architect father, the late Eugene J. Mackey Jr., asked him if he’d like to make a father-son six-weeks tour of Europe. The college boy said sure. Who wouldn’t?</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:15:55 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 32409 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In New Book, Eugene Mackey III Honors His Father And Gives Glimpse Of Architectural Inspiration