• Thomas Ades and Friends at Carnegie Hall

    Warm up for The Exterminating Angel

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 16th, 2017

    Thomas Adès will be Artistic Partner to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the next three years, helping to fill their Maestro's wish for abundant new music. Adès' gifts as a composer were on display in Zankel Hall. Principals from the cast of his third opera, about to have its North American premier, sang. The music, his own, and that of Schubert, Britten and Purcell among others, could count as the music of his friends, from long ago and now. As a pianist, Adès has a special touch.

  • The Home Place at Irish Repertory Theatre

    Brian Friel's Play Directed by Charlotte Moore

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 14th, 2017

    The Last Rose of Summer and Minstrel Boy were written by Irish poet and lyricist Thomas Moore and are at the heart of the Irish soul. Satisfying direction by Charlotte Moore, undoubtedly a descendant, brings the poetry and music home in Brian Friel's "The Home Place."

  • The Odd Couple Warhol and Rockwell

    Populism as Commonality Explored at Rockwell Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 12th, 2017

    The artists Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol became rich and famous for giving the public what it wanted. It is this shared populism which is explored in an evocative exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Not surprisingly the exhibition has been mobbed with visitors.

  • American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Doing What's Right

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 13th, 2017

    A peculiar sense of existential dread hung over Wednesday night’s concert at Carnegie Hall, the first of the young season featuring the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its long time music director Leon Botstein. For this concert, titled “The Sounds of Democracy”, Botstein chose 20th century music by Leonard Bernstein, Roger Sessions and Aaron Copland, leading lights of American music in the last century but now largely ignored by the fast-food reality-television culture of the 21st.

  • Group Fundraises to Block Berkshire Museum Sale

    Save the Save

    By: Save the Art - Oct 13th, 2017

    “This is a classic case of confronting a well-organized, well-financed, misguided inside group, hoping to lead them to their better angels,” said Leslie Ferrin, founder of Save the Art. “That’s why we’re crowd-sourcing Save the Art’s legal action fund. We want to invite people to step up at whatever level they can, and say, “we support finding a better solution.”

  • Agostino Steffani's Vocal Duets Rediscovered

    Italian-born Composer Worked in Germany

    By: David Bonetti - Oct 12th, 2017

    Agostino Steffani (1653-1728) was important in his day, serving as a priest and diplomat as well as a composer, but he was forgotten after his death. The BEMF has devoted much of its attention to resuscitating his vocal works over the past 6 years. Its most recent research led to an enchanting concert of vocal duets, featuring local favorite Amanda Forsythe and colleagues from around the world.

  • The Crucible at Steppenwolf

    Miller's Witch Hunt All Too Relevant

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 12th, 2017

    Steppenwolf Theatre’s new production of Arthur Miller’s 1952 play, skillfully directed by Jonathan Berry, is a chilling allegory of the McCarthy era’s assault on freedom. Staged for the Steppenwolf for Young Adults series, the play pulls no punches in telling the story of guilt and accusation during the Salem witch trials.

  • The Sound of Music on National Tour

    Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical Stops in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 11th, 2017

    A new production of The Sound of Music dusts off the cobwebs from classic musical .A vibrant company performs Rodgers and Hammerstein classic in national tour. Award-winning director Jack O'Brien's new production allows us to rediscover a classic.

  • Morgan Bulkeley Retrospective at Berkshire Museum

    Last of the Mohicans

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 08th, 2017

    It was thrilling, poignant and terribly sad last night when many artists, friends and community packed the Berkshire Museum for a vernissage of the sprawling, eclectic, and dazzling retrospective Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash. It may be the last such project focused on a Berkshire based artist. As a part of its New Vision the museum is dumping 40 works of art and reconfiguring. Van Shields and the board refuse to discuss the fate of the remaining collection of 40,000 objects and the role if any of the fine arts in its plans.

  • Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton at Barrington Stage

    Illuminating Vintage Psychological Thriller

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 09th, 2017

    For community and school based fall programming Barrington Stage has revised the 1938 Patrick Hamilton play Gaslight. It's best know for its second of two film versions in 1944 which starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotton and the ingenue, Angela Lansberry as the frisky maid Nancy. The Barrington production, while well cast and crafted, given the zeitgeist and setting of the 1880s, is dark, somber and drab.

  • Musical Redemption: Huntington's Merrily We Roll Along

    Stephen Sondheim Musical Initially Considered a Flop.

    Merrily We Roll Along
    By: Mark Favermann - Oct 07th, 2017

    One of the more obscure of Sondheim's musical, the Huntington Theatre Company's terrific production underscore's its vitality and quality. Director Maria Friedman’s stunning London production of Merrily We Roll Along received universal rave reviews – the most five star reviews in West End history as well as the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Now she has recreated it for Boston audiences. Travelling backwards in time over 20 years in the entertainment business, this musical focuses on the relationships of close friends Franklin, Charley, and Mary, and features some of Sondheim’s most memorable songs, including “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” and “Not a Day Goes By." Seeing the show is like an old friend remembered.

  • The Song of the Nightingale

    Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette California

    By: Victor Cordell - Oct 10th, 2017

    The Song of the Nightingale is comprised of numerous clashes – the well being of the poor fishermen who must provide fish for the Emperor’s banquets versus the pleasure of Emperor; the needs of the Emperor’s sister who is the brains behind the administration versus the ego of the Emperor; and the young fisherman Xaio versus the girl that he loves, Mei, who aspires to higher goals and has been lifted from the fishing village to become a maid in the palace.

  • Crossing at BAM

    Whitman Focus of Composer Matthew Aucoin

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 08th, 2017

    Crossing premiered at ART in Cambridge, Mass. in 2015. Now it comes to BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival.

  • The Humans In Suburban Miami

    Tony Award-Winning Play at GableStage

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 09th, 2017

    One can't overstate The Humans relevance to modern times. Stephen Karam's play is humorous, heartbreaking and creepy. The cast offers multi-dimensional performances in a first-rate production.

  • Languedoc, A Land Of Diversity

    Quality Wines Exist In the Region

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 09th, 2017

    Languedoc ,in southern France, has gone from an over producer of bulk wine to a region thatcreates high quality wines with many blends that focus on grapes from the region.

  • Opera at the Apollo

    We Shall Not Be Moved Triumphs

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 09th, 2017

    We Shall Not Be Moved opened at the Apollo last weekend. Under the bright lights on the Apollo marquee on 125th Street in Harlem, the gathering crowd was dressed in high fashion, from tinsel and glitter to designer jeans and platform heels. Talk was all of the subject matter and the artists who had created this opera. Bill T. Jones is well-known, but the composer and librettist not so. People were going to see the work of their own community.

  • Boulez at the Park Avenue Armory

    Repons from IRCAM

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 06th, 2017

    The Park Avenue Armory is presenting one of Pierre Boulez’ signature compositions, the first one to use IRCAM with all its innovation. Relatively simple material can be made to acquire sophisticated layers without losing the sound of its origins. Repons is the first product of IRCAM’s 4X computer.

  • Berkshire Museum Stonewalls New Yorker

    Van and Buzz Clam Up to Fake News Requests

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 05th, 2017

    Relying primarily on published sources Felix Salmon in the New Yorker has reported on the deaccessioning and New Vision of the Berkshire Museum. As Solomon states “The story of the Berkshire Museum is more than one about a second-tier local institution selling off some art. It’s a story about how fragile museum-industry norms are, how unaccountable a museum director can be, and how much destruction can be wrought during a single secret trustee meeting. (The museum’s new P.R. representative, Carol Bosco Baumann, declined repeated requests to make anyone from the museum available for an interview.)” This is consistent with the museum's bunker mentality of playing hard ball with the media.

  • Barbara Takenaga at Williams College Museum of Art

    The Optics of Metaphysical Cosmology

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 07th, 2017

    The Williams College Museum of Art, through the end of January, is presenting “Barbara Takenaga” a stunning overview of 60 works of varying scale, that represent two decades of her oeuvre. The selection was made in collaboration with independent curator Debra Bricker Balken.

  • Carnegie Hall Opens with Philadelphia Orchestra

    Four-Armed is Fore-Warned

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Oct 06th, 2017

    the original plan was to have Rhapsody's piano part played by Lang Lang, the international piano sensation and one of the biggest stars of this new firmament of young classical artists. Then Lang suffered an arm injury and plans were changed. The program still featured Rhapsody, but in a version fortwo pianos. The second was manned by Chick Corea, a beloved figure from the world of jazz. And serving as Lang Lang's left hand, his pupil Maxim Lando. At 14 years old, Lando is a product of Lang's International Music Foundation.

  • Rome Neal as Thelonious Monk

    Laurence Holder's Play Captures the Jazz Icon

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Oct 07th, 2017

    Laurence Holder’s iconic one man show Monk brings the jazz legend life to the stage. Rome Neal, actor and director, becomes Thelonious Monk, and for 90 minutes we move through the defeats and triumph’s of the man’s work, life and artistic era.

  • On Your Feet! in Miami

    National Tour of Show About the Estefans

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 06th, 2017

    On Your Feet! opens in main characters' hometown of Miami. An energetic cast sizzles in first national tour of Broadway musical. The show's emotional core is not lost in vibrant dancing, dazzling choreography and spectacle.

  • Lincoln Center and NY Philharmonic Abandon Sound Plan

    Mostly Mozart Offers a Repair Model

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 05th, 2017

    The sound at David Geffen Hall during the fall and spring seasons is often awful. A six hundred million dollar plan, which would have brought the Hall to Lincoln Center Plaza level has been abandoned. Now there is talk of Mostly Mozart-ing the Hall.

  • Abbye de Valmagne: Languedoc's Homage To Wine

    Store Wine And Save A Monastery

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 06th, 2017

    Founded in 1138, the Abbye de Valmange, is still with us today, due to a miraculous idea. Save the monastery from destruction by using its large space for storing caskets of wine.

  • Wines of Chile: Pinot Noir On The Horizon

    Only 3% Of Chilean Wines Are Pinot Noir

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 05th, 2017

    Pinot Noir is a tough grape to grow. Rot and disease are enemies of this clone. Only cool climates, like Oregon, Washington and France, specifically Burgundy, have success with Pinot Noir. Now, cool climate Chile, mainly in the Casablanca region is tackling this grape with initial success.

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