Byron Janis is a living legend of the classical music world.
One day in middle school, walking out of the lunchroom down a long, sunny hallway, I saw my father emerge from the band room where he taught instrumental music. He spotted me and pivoted, approaching with another music teacher alongside and holding a thick, green glass Coke bottle in his hand. It was half full.
Opening night concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Master musician Andre Rieu performs in front of the historic Hofburg Palace.
The other day I said to my family, “Let’s all give homemade gifts this year.” This suggestion sank like a stone on a wave of despair, since my kids are still young enough to dream of Lego sets, gadgets, and games. But for my part, I’m determined to do it.