Elizabeth Kahn

Elizabeth Kahn

Daughter of a New York music critic, Elizabeth Kahn led a charmed life growing up with any and all concerts free for the asking. She majored in voice and piano at Brandeis University and continued at Brandeis as a graduate student in musicology. She received her PhD from Harvard in Comparative Literature, creating a special niche in the relationship between music and poetry. Her dissertation on the legends of Orpheus in the Middle Ages and Renaissance was published in 1987. She is also an amateur oboist.

Elizabeth sees the critic's role as largely educational rather than judgmental. She believes that by explaining something about a program, both its content and performance, she can help readers sharpen their appreciation of music their own critical faculties. As in other areas, Elizabeth is a true musical liberal, believing that there is no such thing as a definitive performance. But that doesn't mean that performers can get away with just anything.

Articles by Elizabeth Kahn:

The Many Voices of Alberto Mizrahi

Vocal Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  December 7, 2008

Alas, Poor Hamlet

Orchestral Music, Theatre Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 15, 2008

Ensemble Vermillian's Early Baroque Jam Session

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  August 19, 2007

Cimarosa Requiem Resurrected

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 20, 2007

The Magic Fingers of Marc-André Hamelin

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 15, 2007

Carolina's B Minor Mass: A Triumphant Compromise

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 26, 2007

Peace/NCS Chamber Series: A Fresh Approach

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 23, 2007

Furman Strings Slam Dunk

Chamber Orchestra Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 18, 2007

Three Classics and One for the Birds

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 26, 2007

Pritchard Flies Solo

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 14, 2007

The Young Eight

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 22, 2006

Nemorino Scores

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 22, 2006

Cozying Up to the Piano

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 8, 2006

Ciompi Winds Up the Season

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 15, 2006

Davidson and Duke Symphony Pull Off Another Operatic Triumph

Opera, Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 6, 2006

An Oud in Exile

Chamber Music, World Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 29, 2006

Marlboro

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 12, 2006

In Your Face, Glenn Gould!

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 5, 2006

Duke Encounters Music on Really Original Instruments

Contemporary Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 24, 2006

Contemporary Music from the UK: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed

Orchestral Music Feature by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 3, 2006

UNC-CH Undergraduates Give their All for Composer/Coach

Contemporary Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 26, 2006

Duke Collegium Provides a Byrdseye View

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  November 12, 2005

Sacred Bridges: A Treat for the Soul and the Intellect

Early Music, Vocal Ensemble Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 25, 2005

Stunning Shostakovich 11 Touches NCS Crowd

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 14, 2005

Chanterelle Opens Sights & Sounds on Sundays Series

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  August 7, 2005

The Many Faces of the Grand Old Man of Modern Dance

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  July 21, 2005

The Grand Tour on a Summer Night

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  July 9, 2005

The Ciompi and the Kilburns

Chamber Music, Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 30, 2005

Murder She Did: Tosca at the OCNC

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 10, 2005

Some Good, Some Evil, Some Mixed

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 26, 2005

Clarinetist Fiterstein and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Sparkle

Chamber Orchestra Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 22, 2005

Dhrupad and the Origins of North Indian Classical Music

World Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 8, 2005

Two Takes on a Rake

Opera, Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 18, 2005

In Tempore Belli

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 11, 2005

Hautzig Performs Chopin in the Old Style

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 4, 2005

¡Viva Latina! - Mallarmé Salutes Venezuela

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 30, 2005

The Chairman Laureate Dances

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 7, 2005

Three Doctors and a Lawyer

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  November 14, 2004

Phantastic Manze and Company

Chamber Orchestra, Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 29, 2004

Llewellyn Takes the Baton

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 15, 2004

Bobby McFerrin: Pied Piper on the Yellow Brick Road

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 5, 2004

Ruggero Makes Rare Appearance with Kramer and Xi

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 27, 2004

Triangle Youth at Play

Youth Orchestra Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 4, 2004

Duke Orchestra Teams up with Pros for Semi-Staged Barber

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 8, 2004

Glennie's Grand Percussion Potpourri

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 1, 2004

Wynkoop's Town and Gown Choruses at Duke Chapel

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 6, 2004

Woman's Favorites

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 1, 2004

Pacifica Quartet Plays to Hardy Souls

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 25, 2004

Many-Faceted Solzhenitsyn Lives his Music

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  November 11, 2003

Raskin and NCS Turn a Morning of Tricks into Treats

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  November 1, 2003

Raspagliosi Gets the Stage to Herself

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 30, 2003

Classical Music from South America

Chamber Music, World Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 26, 2003

A Musical Dissertation

Early Music, Vocal Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 5, 2003

Sights & Sounds on Sundays Back on All Three Tracks Again

Chamber Music, Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 21, 2003

Iraqi Music for the Oud: Still a Living Tradition

World Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 16, 2003

New Opera Company Does a Test Drive

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  July 11, 2003

Good Music, Poor Sound

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 14, 2003

Music Camp for Grownups

Chamber Music Feature by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 6, 2003

Stoltzman and Ax: A New Duo

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 17, 2003

Brahms' Requiem Gets a Creditable Reading

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 13, 2003

Haydn and Cicero

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 4, 2003

All in the Family

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 27, 2003

Bringing Medieval Music to Life

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 4, 2003

Mechetti and Meyers Lead NCSO on a Wild Ride of Musical Mood Swings

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 21, 2003

Ciompi's Late Beethoven: A Mixed Bag

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 9, 2003

Samson and Delilah: A Triumph of Villainy

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 31, 2003

Featherweight Champion

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 29, 2003

Kitchen Plays Bach

Early Music, Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 26, 2003

Songs of the Diaspora

Choral Music, World Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  December 15, 2002

Giuseppe Verdi: Il trovatore

Opera Media Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  December 4, 2002

Rachmaninov Vespers Tests Mettle of Former ROS

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  November 15, 2002

A Musical Evening with the Country Gentry

Vocal Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  November 8, 2002

A Bach Family Festival

Chamber Orchestra Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 13, 2002

Persian Classical Tradition at Duke

World Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 11, 2002

RSO Chamber Players and Cary Vocal Artists Go New Age

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 29, 2002

Ciompi and Friends Earn a Gold Six-Pointed Star

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 22, 2002

3,026 Untimely Deaths

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 11, 2002

Brass Chestnuts

Brass Ensemble Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  July 28, 2002

Richard Rodgers Centennial Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 22, 2002

By George, They Haven't Got It Yet!

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  June 8, 2002

Ciompi's First Summer Gig: An Eclectic Mix

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 23, 2002

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  May 4, 2002

If Only Music Could Calm the Savage Breast

World Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 18, 2002

A Perfect Marriage

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 13, 2002

Duke's Don Giovanni: A Class Act

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 12, 2002

Starbird: How to Get Kids to Enjoy Opera

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  April 10, 2002

Chanticleer: A Well Oiled Machine

Vocal Ensemble Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 19, 2002

Waverly Consort: A Whirlwind Tour of el Siglo de Oro

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  March 17, 2002

The G. Norman Eddy Instrument Collection: Please Touch!

Early Music Feature by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 22, 2002

eighth blackbird Dishes Out Contemporary Music with Humor and Panache

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 9, 2002

Some Encounters Lead to Friendships - Some Don't

Contemporary Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  February 2, 2002

Meeting Great Expectations

Orchestral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  January 18, 2002

An Evening in a Palace Courtyard

World Music Feature by Elizabeth Kahn,  December 31, 2001

Music from Le Grand Siècle

Early Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  November 1, 2001

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Real McCoy

Operetta Media Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 31, 2001

All That-Baroque-Jazz

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 30, 2001

Sonorities from Sofia

Choral Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 18, 2001

"Great" Inflation

Recital Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  October 10, 2001

When Opera Really Hits Home

Opera Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 27, 2001

Spread the Word

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  September 23, 2001

Go for Baroque (Rasia)

Chamber Music Review by Elizabeth Kahn,  July 7, 2001