Cher Public

All right on the western front

Kevin PutsSilent Night is an anomaly for high-level “classical music” in our times: its style is listenable and unpretentious, its emotionalism unfettered and raw. The opera, which had its  west coast premiere of this opera in San José on Sunday, is in a sense a giant middle finger raised against the conventional wisdom that musical sophistication requires inscrutability.  (In fact, this opera  was an ideal antidote to my unsettling Friday, when I heard  Ted Hearne’s The Source in San Francisco.)  Read more »