Charles Shere is a composer and writer, the retired art and music critic of The Oakland Tribune, and the author of books about the composers Robert Erickson and Virgil Thomson. Learn more at www.shere.org. Articles By This Author Review Portland Opera Has a Mad Weekend With Mozart and Philip Glass Charles Shere - July 30, 2019 Glass’s In the Penal Colony and Mozart’s La finta giardiniera comment on the human condition from different perspectives. Review Santa Rosa Symphony Delivers a Frayed Valentine Charles Shere - February 12, 2019 Sara Davis Buechner stands out in Clara Wieck Schumann’s piano concerto. Review A Rarely Performed George Enescu Opera Languishes in Amsterdam Charles Shere - December 11, 2018 The Romanian composer’s intriguing music is stifled by the heavy production in the Dutch National Opera’s Œdipe.