Keeping Score

I helped develop a website for the PBS program Keeping Score, specifically for the second season. I did some editing on the sections about three compositions — Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Ives’ Holidays Symphony and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony — and worked a lot on a map feature that shows classical music milestones of various eras on…

Review of the Virtual Museum of Iraq

Now online is a review I wrote of the Virtual Museum of Iraq. It’s a really beautiful, well thought out site but I hate it for reasons that become apparent in the review. Here’s the first paragraph: The Virtual Museum of Iraq serves as an excellent multimedia introduction to the history and archaeology of Iraq,…

Article on Sumerian Music

The Journal of Near Eastern Studies has just published my article on Sumerian music (including singing and iconography). Here’s the citation and the first few hundred words: Jack Cheng, “A Review of Early Dynastic III Music: Man’s Animal Call,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies July 2009, Vol. 68, No. 3: 163-178. A review of the…

Uncling

After my nephew Harrison came to visit us, I wrote a short essay about being an uncle vs. being a father and it was published in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine yesterday. Here’s the link.

Museum Review

A review I wrote of “Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum” has been published in the latest issue of Near Eastern Archaeology (vol. 71 #4, cover dated December 2008). It’s too late to see the show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the review is not online, but it was…