Orchestrating a career
College president, conductor,
and writer: for Leon Botstein, work is a three-part harmony.
One wonders when Leon Botstein, AB’67, sleeps.
This fall he cotaught a first-year seminar, War and Peace,
examining such works as Plato’s Republic
and the Bible’s first and second books of Samuel.
At the American Symphony Orchestra, where he is musical
director and principal conductor, he led two concerts at
New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall: Strauss’s
opera The Egyptian Helen and an evening of American
composers. To top it all off, he’s president of Bard
College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and Simon’s
Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Barzel, PhB’25, was one of four grande dames of the
city’s arts scene participating in a Chicago Humanities
Festival panel discussion “My Life in the City.”
Barzel, senior editor of Dance Magazine, also volunteers
as dance archivist at the Newberry Library, which houses
her collection of films, photographs, magazines, books,
response to requests from city officials the University
instituted fire drills at Cobb Hall. Faculty members led
students out of the building while Chicago fire marshals
were “situated at the head of the stairs on each floor...to
urge on recalcitrant instructors and to inform them of certain
finer details of the evolutions.” The first drill,
on November 27, showed that the building could be evacuated
in three minutes.