OPENING THE DOORS

PBS’s “Aida’s Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera” attempts to tell the complex history of black Americans and their struggles to enter the musical mainstream of opera. “Unfolding without benefit of narration, the documentary allows those who helped break the color barrier, and those who followed in their wake, to relate the story in their own fashion.” – New York Times

OBJECTION AUSTRIA

Washington DC’s Austrian Embassy is “essentially a concert hall with offices wrapped around it, a fitting architectural metaphor for a country whose primary exports in the past century have been intellectual and artistic.” Pianist Andras Schiff was supposed to have played a concert at the embassy last night, but canceled in protest over right-wing extremist Jörg Haider’s rise in the Austrian government. – Washington Post