Meanwhile, in Britain . . .
On the British Musicians Union proposed ban on Israeli musicians.
. . . and in France
On Chirac's CNN appearance.
The diversity con game
On the affirmative action debate at the University of Michigan.
New York chronicle
by Jay Nordlinger
Jay Nordlinger gives a holiday-season wrap-up of Handel's Messiah by the New York Philharmonic, a New Year’s Eve all-Gershwin concert at Avery Fisher, Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites at the Met, Leon Botstein's Bruckner at the Bard Graduate Center, and a reevaluation of the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.