By Bruce DeSilva
Liam Mulligan is as old style as a newspaper guy will get. His beat is windfall, Rhode Island, and he understands each road and alley. He understands the monks and prostitutes, the law enforcement officials and road thugs. He is familiar with the mobsters and politicians—who are pretty well one and the same.
Someone is systematically burning down the local Mulligan grew up in, humans he understands and loves are perishing within the flames, and the general public is at the verge of panic. With the full urban of windfall on his again, Mulligan needs to weed via a wildly colourful array of characters to discover the reality.
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12 The Fiesta planners thus merged Greek mythology, references to popular opera, Shakespeare, and Native American exoticism into their celebration of the city’s Mexican-Spanish roots, all for the beneﬁt of Anglo tourists and potential new residents. (For the record, it is highly unlikely that Native Americans were much involved in this representation, since their numbers had dwindled sharply with the coming of ﬁrst the Spanish and later the Anglos. ) There was more, of course. A Grand Fiesta Concert was offered by the Music Committee at Hazard’s Pavilion, with the Grand Fiesta Chorus and Orchestra directed by Mr.
23 That act of healing between the old and the new never took place. In addition to paying its members, Stamm’s Philharmonic represented a new departure in the orchestral sound heard in Los Angeles. It was the ﬁrst group to abandon the old high pitch used in bands (and commonly employed by the brass and wind players when they joined the strings), thereby taking on a more truly symphonic sound and taking an innovative forward step: “Up to the advent of the Philharmonic Orchestra organized by A. J.
The Tribune’s numbers were 24 / Music for the “People” higher. It seems reasonable to guess that for the seven performances, the total audience numbered on the order of twenty thousand and may well have been more. The city’s total population (including the very young and the very old) would not reach ﬁfty thousand for another three years (or one hundred thousand if the surrounding towns are included). 18 At least half the town’s adult population was “elite” for the week, if the claims to such status for opera are to be taken seriously.