Joseph Kahn

Joe Kahn

Joe Kahn escaped from Nazi Germany at age six and grew up on a chicken farm in what is now Israel. His life, nevertheless, has been steeped in classical music and listening to good music became an indispensable part of his life from childhood. With a good ear, avid interest and innumerable concerts, he acquired an eclectic musical knowledge – all of it self-taught.

Joe is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry from NCSU where he taught for 28 years. For ten years he hosted the classical music request program, first on WKNC and then on WCPE. He was classical music critic with his wife Elizabeth at the Independent Weekly for ten years. He and Elizabeth now write program notes for musical organizations around the country.

He believes that musical criticism should be geared to the interested lay person and aim to be both informative and accessible. Criticism should not only evaluate, but also explain and educate.

Articles by Joseph Kahn:

Massive Masses

Choral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 8, 2008

Orion Concert Offers Eastern European Theme

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 14, 2007

The Usual Sandwich

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 21, 2007

Milton Rubén Laufer: Presto Fortissimo

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 23, 2007

Mallarmé's Annual Thank You

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 25, 2007

Robert Ward Premiere: Quintet in Tempore Belli

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 18, 2007

Duke Symphony Highlights England's Borrowed Talent

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 14, 2007

Chamber Orchestra Brings a Russian Winter to Durham

Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 21, 2007

A Musical Dim Sum

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 21, 2007

A Fruitful Partnership

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 16, 2006

Transformed Masterpieces

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 30, 2006

Saint Stephen's Borromeo Coup

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 24, 2006

Rediscovering Performance Practices

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 14, 2006

A Handel Assembly

Choral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  May 6, 2006

History Revisited: Black Mountain at Chapel Hill

Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 1, 2006

Sarod Meets Minor Scale

World Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 24, 2006

The Odd Couple

Opera Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 17, 2006

The NCS's Virtuosity on Display

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 3, 2006

New Kids on the Block

Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 11, 2006

Mallarmé Celebrates a Happy Crosscultural Chinese New Year

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 8, 2006

Degas Quartet: Painting with Music

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 20, 2005

A Poised Performance

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 12, 2005

Puttin' on the Ritz

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 6, 2005

Duke Symphony Opener Stars Oboist Robinson

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 19, 2005

A First for Twelfth Night

Opera Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 6, 2005

An Anniversary Homecoming

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 24, 2005

A Bouquet of Cellos

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 20, 2005

The Big Bash - NCS's Annual Gala

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  May 12, 2005

Ambrosia Airs Seldom Played Works for String Trio Plus a Bonus

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  May 10, 2005

Juilliard Delivers Mixed Bag

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  May 1, 2005

Elegance and Fire at Fletcher

Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 20, 2005

Slatkin and the NSO: Visitors with Class & Classes

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 13, 2005

UNC Concerto Winners Framed by a Funeral March and an Orgy

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 1, 2005

A Masterpiece But Still a Puzzle

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 20, 2005

Peace Audience Gets a Bang Out of NCS Musicians

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 24, 2005

Double Challenge

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 16, 2005

Antares - Out of This World

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 21, 2004

Music in Primary Colors

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 19, 2004

Sunday Afternoon with the Mountain Chamber Players

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 7, 2004

The Indian Magic Flute

World Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 30, 2004

A Couple of Puccini Shorts

Opera Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 28, 2004

Uncommon Duo

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 24, 2004

Ciompi Opens with Friends

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 2, 2004

A Tempest in the Carolina Theater

Opera Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 30, 2004

Thron, Family and Friend Open Smedes Parlor Season

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 21, 2004

Mixed Ensembles: A Ciompi/Borromeo Production

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  June 25, 2004

Emerging Israeli Artists Break Through the Chrysalis

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 27, 2004

Music in the French Renaissance Courts: A Glimpse of Past Revelry

Early Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 23, 2004

Ben Heppner: Return to Glory

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 10, 2004

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Serves French "Lite"

Chamber Orchestra Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 7, 2004

NCS String Soloists Shine: No Viola Jokes Here

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 23, 2004

Andrea Quinn Leads NCS with Well-Controlled Excitement

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 13, 2004

Pritchard Changes Partners in Brahms Violin Sonatas

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 8, 2004

From Russia, with Brio

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 10, 2004

Ciompi Presents a 20th Century Perspective

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 7, 2003

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot

Opera Media Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 4, 2003

Durham Symphony Focuses on Early Romantics

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 2, 2003

Gemini Trio: Music from a Functional Family

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 10, 2003

Conductor Alastair Willis Wears Tchaikovsky's Heart on His Sleeve

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 19, 2003

Ciompi Plus Borromeo Vary the Numbers

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  June 23, 2003

The Philharmonic Association: Youth Triumphant

Youth Orchestra Review by Joseph Kahn,  May 4, 2003

Music in Times of War

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 7, 2003

Zéphyros Blows into Raleigh

Chamber Music, Wind Ensemble Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 30, 2003

N.C. Master Chorale Gets a Workout in Israel in Egypt

Choral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 16, 2003

Llewellyn, O'Riley and Schultz with the North Carolina Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 7, 2003

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata

Opera Media Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 27, 2003

Odd Combo Brews Up a Chamber Recital

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 18, 2003

The Creation: Timely Irony

Choral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 14, 2003

Mallarmé East

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 2, 2003

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces

Contemporary Music, Dance Media Review by Joseph Kahn,  December 4, 2002

Beilman & Miller Tackle Seldom Heard Cello Repertory

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 18, 2002

A Lovely Contradiction

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 13, 2002

A Different Style

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 5, 2002

Mozart on Tap

Chamber Music, Dance Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 7, 2002

Turkish Delight

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  June 9, 2002

Duke Summer Festival II: The Italian Connection

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  May 30, 2002

Chamber Music for Organ and Friends

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  May 20, 2002

A Premiere and a Grand Finale

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 26, 2002

Traviata Triumphs

Opera Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 5, 2002

J. S. Bach: The Sonatas for Flute and Fortepiano

Early Music, Recital Media Review by Joseph Kahn,  April 2, 2002

Back by Popular Demand: The Tokyo String Quartet

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 30, 2002

Mallarmé: Another Eclectic Bag

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 24, 2002

Chirusca: Music from Three Nations and One Extra

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  March 18, 2002

Cantatas and Concertos of Bach

Early Music Media Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 28, 2002

Saint Paul's Mixed Media

Chamber Orchestra Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 27, 2002

Best of the Best

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 24, 2002

Music from Down Under

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 16, 2002

Sharon Puts in Uneven Performance

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 12, 2002

A Modest Composer and His Energetic Music

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 3, 2002

Mahler Triumphs

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  February 1, 2002

A Clamorous Ovation for a Quiet Artist

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 29, 2002

The Essential Canon of Classical Music

Music Media Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 21, 2002

Too Many Notes, Too Little Rehearsal

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  January 13, 2002

Poor Use of Great Talent

Orchestral Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 16, 2001

One Size Doesn't Fit All

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 11, 2001

A Romantic 20th Century

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  November 4, 2001

Arcadi Volodos: Liszt Would Have Approved

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 26, 2001

Three Graces

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 14, 2001

Fine Playing: Only Just a Little Overboard on Creative Expression

Chamber Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  October 8, 2001

"Composers in Context" - A Unique Series at Risk

Contemporary Music Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 30, 2001

When Thematic Programming Goes Awry

Recital Media Review by Joseph Kahn,  September 10, 2001

All You Ever Wanted to Know about Baroque Trumpets - but Didn't Know What to Ask

Instrumental Ensemble Review by Joseph Kahn,  August 12, 2001

The Odd Couple (Ryoanji Duo)

Recital Review by Joseph Kahn,  July 8, 2001