Tchaikovsky and SF Ballet deliver an irresistible Swan Lake

I know some of you, my dear readers, are classical music fans but not ballet fans. Likewise, some among you are just as happy—maybe you even prefer—to see contemporary ballet works set to jazz, soul, even electronica. Then there are others among my readers who simply don’t attend live performances, be it the ballet or … Read more

OTHER STAGES, and when Amazon ruins your launch day

First things first… Today, January 25th, Book 4 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles, Other Stages, has launched!  Woo hoo! From the author of Outside the Limelight—named a Kirkus Best Book of 2017—comes a story about parenting, the performing arts, surviving high school and fighting back, in this gripping finale to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles. “An accomplished interweaving … Read more

The pure, true beauty of “O Holy Night”

  Confession: I stopped writing this essay on “O Holy Night,” soured by something I couldn’t name, bogged down by the online research. I set it aside, but the urge returned and I started it up again several days later. Then it happened again, an edgy, almost negative feeling as I read article after article … Read more

Announcing Book 4 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles

Other Stages is available NOW! Click HERE It is with great pleasure — always one of my favorite posts — that I announce the imminent arrival of my next novel, Other Stages, the fourth and final book of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles. Together now… WOO HOO!!!   They thought the professional ballet world was tough. Then they … Read more

We love you, Michael Tilson Thomas

Last week I called the San Francisco Symphony box office to switch dates for a subscription ticket with a conflict: Sunday’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. There was Saturday night availability, but as life has been busy of late, I weighed the pros and cons of deferring to a … Read more