Robert Greenberg

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Bright Sheng (born 1955)

Dr. Bob Prescribes The Music of Bright Sheng

December 7th, 2021

My Music History Monday post for November 29 focused on the composer Bright Sheng (born 1955), who made the unforgivable mistake of playing Laurence Olivier’s movie of Shakespeare’s Othello to an undergraduate class at the University of Michigan without first offering up a prophylactic explanation/apologia for Oliver’s makeup (the character of Othello being a dark-skinned North African Moor).  Bright Sheng was born 66 years ago yesterday, on December 6, 1955, in Shanghai, China.  He began…

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