We recently caught up with author (The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin) and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean to ask her thoughts on classical music. She happens to be a big fan! What is your favorite composer or piece of classical music and why? Handel’s Messiah. It’s gorgeous, stirring, classic, and majestic but human. It’s hard for me to hear it without feeling moved. Is there a piece of classical music you don’t like?