October 7, 2001 |
Serious times call for serious art, and classical music has responded. Beauty is balm, and the fervent beauty of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, for instance, has served us well in concert after concert as a national song of lamentation. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms nurse nervous uncertainty. Their wonderfully rational music, whether it seeks to represent spiritual grandeur or simple elegance, offers us respite from the anxiety of a chaotic world.
October 13, 1999 |
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that a former Palestinian guerrilla is immune from trial in Israel for the 1985 murder of an American aboard a hijacked cruise ship, officials said. Abul Abbas was sentenced in absentia by Italy to a life term for masterminding Palestinian guerrillas' seizure of the Achille Lauro, during which U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer, 69, was shot and killed. Abbas, who spent years in Baghdad, moved to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip last year.
August 12, 1997 |
The Palestine Liberation Organization has settled a 12-year-old case brought by the family of an American who was killed in his wheelchair and tossed into the sea during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship. The PLO reached settlements a week ago with the family of Leon Klinghoffer and with a cruise travel company, but all parties agreed to keep the terms confidential, said Rodney E. Gould, lawyer for Crown Travel Service. "It was amicably settled," said Lawrence W.
September 1, 1991 |
When Alice Goodman, poet and librettist in Cambridge, faxed the words of a Palestinian terrorist's aria to John Adams, composer in Berkeley, Goodman believed the lyrics were just "pretty nasty." But Adams showed them to his Jewish neighbors, who thought they were "anti-Semitic." "John didn't think they would 'heal anything,' " Goodman said, but she refused to tone them down.
March 21, 1991 |
Peter Sellars, the director of the Los Angeles Festival, has sprung up afresh in Europe with a new opera that seems destined to prove no less controversial politically than artistically. "The Death of Klinghoffer," which met a lukewarm response in its world premiere here Tuesday at the breathtakingly baroque Theatre de la Monnaie, is loosely based on the 1985 hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise ship by four Palestinian terrorists.
July 2, 1990 |
The face flashed across the screen--a Palestinian, somewhere in the Middle East, smiling faintly. Lisa Klinghoffer, six months pregnant, was in her Greenwich Village apartment watching television with her husband. She saw the face and went cold, stiffening as if someone had splashed ice water on her spine. "I was paralyzed," said Lisa, 38. Then came the heat. "I started shouting. There he was, five years later, Abul Abbas, in the news again," she said, her throaty voice pitched and angry.