On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall, I’ve assembled some of my writing on gay topics and figures, going back to the first piece I wrote for The New Yorker, in 1993. The photo is from my marriage to Jonathan in Toronto, June 2005.
Love on the March. Nov. 4, 2012.
Gay Berlin, Jan. 26, 2015.
Oscar Wilde, Aug. 9, 2011.
Willa Cather, Oct. 2, 2017.
Corigliano’s First Symphony, May 30, 2019.
Gay opera, July 27, 2017.
Women, gays, and classical music. Oct. 3, 2013.
Beyond the gay-marriage victory, March 25, 2013.
Gay-rights victories, Nov. 7, 2012.
Thomas Mann, March 11, 1996.
In memoriam River Phoenix, Washington Post, Nov. 7, 1993.
On Wayne Koestenbaum’s The Queen’s Throat, April 12, 1993.
G. Mahler, Symphony No. 9, Bamberger Symphoniker, H. Blomstedt
(released on June 21, 2019)
Accentus Music ACC-30477 | 83’28″Herbert Blomstedt, who will turn 92 next month, remains not only active but supremely accomplished on the podium. He now serves as Honorary Conductor for a number of ensembles, including the Bamberg Symphony, with whom he led this glowing live performance of Mahler’s Ninth
Devoted to “adoration of the melody”, trumpeter-cornetist Ruby Braff forged a timeless style, at once lyrical, fluent and personal. Geoffrey Smith highlights some classic recordings from his fifty-year career.
Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.