Five questions with …John Hawks
When other 11-year-olds were out doing whatever 11-year-olds did in 1960, Bill Farlow could be found in the library in El Paso, Texas, head buried in an opera score, following along to the music as he listened to the recording. “I had watched old opera movies on television, and El Paso had a fine symphony and opera. I started learning about opera 50 years ago and it took,” says Farlow.
If ever there was a gnarly ethical trail to blaze, it’s the one that wends through modern biomedical science.
Chris Kleinhenz retired from the Department of French and Italian after nearly 40 years of leading students through Dante’s “Divine Comedy” — including Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise — and showing them why the medieval text matters.
James Smith, the newly appointed director of orchestras at the School of Music, did not begin his musical career with an eye on conducting.