Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

Books

A review of Handel’s Messiah

John Newton called hearing the Messiah "one of the highest and noblest gratifications of which we are capable." Combining history, biography, music theory and theology, retired music professor Stapert gives a comprehensive account of the origins and legacy of Handel's masterpiece.

Film

Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Director Darren Aronof­sky performs a psychological pas de deux with composer Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky in Black Swan, a fractured, fascinating study of the high-pressure world of big-time New York ballet.