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Beatles 2K11: Paul on Pointe

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In what seems like an annual ritual, The Beatles have invaded pop-culture conversations, thanks to a new George Harrison documentary, a John Lennon biography and Paul McCartney’s collaboration with New York City Ballet. In the first of a three-part series, we start with a review of “Ocean’s Kingdom,” McCartney’s first ballet score. We’re joined by Jennifer Homans, dance critic for The New Republic and author of the ballet history “Apollo’s Angels.”

Guests:

Jennifer Homans

Comments [4]

Ken from Baltimore ,Md.

I have always thought as most people that Lennon and McCartney were true masters of the three minute pop song and took pop music in places no one could have imagined.However long musical pieces have been their cup of tee.So this doesn't surprise me.I guess Paul will just have to live with being one of the most influential artist of the last one hundred years.

Oct. 04 2011 10:31 AM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D from Brooklyn

Jennifer Homans is the kind of critic that we need more of. She tells it straight, especially about icons like McCartney and Martins who rarely have their work questioned. Please more opera interviews and commentary. For example the tremendous Engish National Opera production of Phillip Glass's Satygraha is coming back to the Met in November. Gelb's tenure is a mixed bag so far, but a very interesting one. For example he decides not to do Adams' scheduled "Ghosts of Versailles" in 2010 and MSM has picked it up for next April. Keep up the great work at Soundcheck, along with The World the 2 must hear daily Public Radio Shows.

Sep. 28 2011 02:49 PM
Evan

Pamela, agreed. John, stop trying to explain away Sir Paul's failure. He's good at what he does and he apparently tried and failed here. It's no big deal.

Sep. 28 2011 02:37 PM
Pamela from Brooklyn

Is the NYC Ballet really trying to bring in a younger audience by recruiting Sir Paul McCartney as a composer? Is "young" a relative term?

Sep. 28 2011 02:34 PM

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