Michael Levin

Michael Levin is a News Columnist at Grit Daily.

Legal Thriller Author Pamela Samuels Young — Sometimes The Subject Chooses You

Legal thrillers are usually thought of as escapist reading. A new novel by attorney Pamela Samuels Young offers that and more. Pamela Samuels Young is regarded as one of America’s top African-American authors of legal thrillers, having penned 14 books over a 20-year writing career. Her work has received numerous awards, most notably the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction for her thriller Anybody’s Daughter. In an interview about her new novel, Failure to Protect, released in October,...

For Pianist Richard Goode, Knowing What Not To Play Makes All The Difference

When pianist Richard Goode, one of the most acclaimed pianists of our time, is on the road, he gets in his practice time wherever he can. He was in San Francisco last week, and his venues for practice included backstage at the San Francisco Symphony, and, perhaps more surprisingly, a piano store. “They have really good pianos,” Goode laughs. “So I went in for a few hours to get some work done.” Boston shows Goode returns to Boston as part of the Celebrity Series on Saturday, November 9 at...

For Leipzig Week At Boston Symphony Hall, The Magic Word Is Gemütlichkeit

White wine and warm feelings flowed Monday afternoon as two great orchestras with a common music director got to know one another at a post-rehearsal dinner reception at Boston Symphony Hall. Gewandhaus The Gewandhausorchester of Leipzig, Germany has come to town for a week of performances, solo and joint, with their counterparts in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. “The power of music can bring two continents together,” said Andris Nelsons, music director of both ensembles, resplendent in a new...

For Boston Ballet, The Greatest Attraction Is Backstage… And That’s The Challenge

You’re Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, and you’ve got a problem. You’ve got the greatest choreographer in the world, William Forsythe, working with your company and practically nobody in Boston knows who he is. Who is William Forsythe? “William Forsythe,” Nissinen says, “is Tom Brady, David Ortiz, and Bobby Orr, all rolled into one.  But while these stars are known in North America, Forsythe is the number one in the entire world.  And everyone from Europe to Japan knows it...

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