In the past two weeks, Valery Gergiev conducted the opera “Boris Godunov” at the Met in New York. Then he took his musicians, the Mariinsky Orchestra, to Detroit, Chicago and Chapel Hill. This week he’s doing five concerts at Carnegie Hall. Oh, and in the midst of all that, he performed at the Kennedy Center. Dick Gordon met the maestro in his dressing room, backstage at The University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall, for an intimate conversation. Also, another listener story about when politics became personal.
The voice of Virginia Rodrigues is often described as "celestial'. Yet despite her worldwide fame, she's never forgotten her roots: she grew up in a slum in Salvador, Brazil. She did odd jobs, including a stint as a manicurist.
For her high school drama class this spring, teacher Bonnie Dickinson had what she thought was a compelling idea: she'd have her students create a play about the war in Iraq. Barely two months into the project, her principal at Wilton High School in Connecticut told her that the play was biased and could not be produced. Bonnie admits she was ready to give in - but then the story drew national attention.
Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian - American Writer. He had planned to fly into Haiti on the day of the earthquake - but he did not. When the quake happened, Patrick was safe in the US. Later, he went to Haiti to help the people. He's made some sense of his own emotion through his contribution to the new book, Haiti Noir.