Stunning Berlioz 震撼白遼士

by Michael Caruso   Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts this weekend in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Two stunning works by Hector Berlioz braced Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, performed by the brilliant young Canadian cellist, Stephane Tetreault. He gave the one-movement concerto a splendid reading, but it was Nezet-Seguin’s interpretation and the Philadelphians’ rendition of Berlioz’s “Symphonie … Continue reading Stunning Berlioz 震撼白遼士

Selected from “Love and Friendship and Other Early Works” 摘自《愛與友情及其他早期作品》

by Jane Austen 珍・奧斯汀   My Children begin now to claim all my attention in different Manner from that in which they have been used to receive it, as they are now arrived at that age when it is necessary for them in some measure to become conversant with the World, My Augusta is 17 and her sister scarcely a twelvemonth younger. I flatter myself … Continue reading Selected from “Love and Friendship and Other Early Works” 摘自《愛與友情及其他早期作品》

Selected from “Life On The Mississippi” 摘自《密西西比河上的生活》

by Mark Twain 馬克・吐溫   When I was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village on the west bank of the Mississippi River. That was, to be a steamboatman. We had transient ambitions of other sorts, but they were only transient. When a circus came and went, it left us all burning to become clowns; the first negro … Continue reading Selected from “Life On The Mississippi” 摘自《密西西比河上的生活》

Opera World’s Little Engine that Could 小而美的歌劇尖兵

by Michael Caruso   The Academy of Vocal Arts (“AVA”) opens its 2016-17 season with a host of performances this fall. First on the roster is AVA’s “New Artists” Recital Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in its own intimate Helen Corning Warden Theater at 1920 Spruce Street in Center City. Jose Menendez will accompany the singers new to America’s only … Continue reading Opera World’s Little Engine that Could 小而美的歌劇尖兵

Selected from “The Great Gatsby” 摘自《大亨小傳》

by Francis Scott Fitzgerald 法蘭西斯·史考特·費茲傑羅   Gatsby’s house was still empty when I left — the grass on his lawn had grown as long as mine. One of the taxi drivers in the village never took a fare past the entrance gate without stopping for a minute and pointing inside; perhaps it was he who drove Daisy and Gatsby over to East Egg the night … Continue reading Selected from “The Great Gatsby” 摘自《大亨小傳》

The Fly 蒼蠅

by William Blake 威廉・布萊克   Little Fly, 小蒼蠅呵, Thy summer’s play 這夏日的嬉遊 My thoughtless hand 怕被我隨意揮手 Has brushed away. 打斷了吧? Am not I 而我莫非 A fly like thee? 像你,是一隻蠅蟲? Or art not thou 而你莫非 A man like me? 似我,堂堂為人? For I dance, 我曼舞, And drink, and sing, 品酒,吟唱, Till some blind hand 直到那盲目的手 Shall brush my wing. 揮碎我的翅膀。 If thought is life 如果,思想即是生命, And strength … Continue reading The Fly 蒼蠅

Think Big 想像的空間

  by Deborah Kaplan   Emptiness.  Then, a series of spontaneous and then more casual decisions, as the form took shape and began to make itself. 如大虛空, 恆無起滅。然而,那思惟來時,卻像行雲流水一樣輕快,造型隨意的設計竟也就遂步呈現出來了。 There was never a moment from the beginning to the end of creating these pieces that I doubted they would come out in a way that seemed ‘right’ to me. Yet from the outset the only determined … Continue reading Think Big 想像的空間

‘Cruelty Has a Human Heart’ – Review on Han Kang’s The Vegetarian『殘忍,以人心為最』:評韓江《素食者》

  by 高博 Kao Bo   In a 1997 short story, South Korean author Han Kang first introduced the theme of transfiguration. The female protagonist turns into a plant, daily to be tended and watered by her husband. Han’s The Vegetarian, which she completed ten years later, revisits the theme in an even more extravagantly inventive way. 韓國作家韓江早在1997年就寫過人變形為植物的短篇小說, 小說中的女人成為一盆植物之後, 還天天被老公澆灌照料。但就在那篇小說發表後十年, 韓江寫出《素食者》內容手筆更是驚為天人。 The Vegetarian tells the … Continue reading ‘Cruelty Has a Human Heart’ – Review on Han Kang’s The Vegetarian『殘忍,以人心為最』:評韓江《素食者》

Caponata 西西里糖醋茄子

  by Patricia Manley   Having grown up on a farm in upstate New York, my connection to summer produce is nothing if not personal.   Recently, the juice of a warm, ripened tomato, freshly picked from the vine, awoke in me memories of childhood summer spent in the fields. Bright sunshine. Long, hot summer days with sisters and brother, helping harvest vegetables and fruits. … Continue reading Caponata 西西里糖醋茄子