• The Four Voices at Tanglewood

    Joan Baez Headlines Women Singers

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 16th, 2017

    The end of a ten city tour is the great stage at Tanglewood. On June 17th, this tour of women's voices fills the air for the last night of their tour on the beautiful grounds in Lenox, Massachusetts.

  • Ragtime at Barrington Stage Company

    Timely Revival of Issues Based Musical

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 30th, 2017

    Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield has a reputation for mounting an annual blockbuster revival of a vintage musical. It also has an an agenda to present message plays that inspire and inform audiences. In the era of Trump Barrington is presenting Ragtime which seemingly conflates the mandates for entertainment and education. It results in a long evening top heavy with big ideas, multiple characters and confusing subplots.

  • Boz Scaggs at Tanglewood

    Paired with Michael McDonald

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2017

    Last night rocker Boz Scaggs launched the 2017 popular artists series at Tanglewood. It was a soggy evening in Lenox with some hearty souls huddled under umbrellas on the lawn. The former lead singer of the Steve Miller Band performed a stunning and soulful set of old and new material including highlights with superhits "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle." Former Steely Dan pianist and vocalist, Michael McDonald, opened with a 90 minute set.

  • BEMF's Global Early Music Performers

    Performers from Italy and France to Slovakia and Mexico

    By: David Bonetti - Jul 03rd, 2017

    With its own produced concerts and 18 sponsored groups, the BEMF programs music from 9:30 a.m. to midnight, which only the most intrepid music lovers can attend. Your reporter made it to nine, including both operas, in seven days. With the theme of "carnival," there was a lot of outside-the-law music, including some salacious texts, to consider.

  • Natalie Merchant Collection at Tanglewood

    The Ten CD Set To Be Released On July 17th

    Photos courtesy of Hilary Scott
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 05th, 2017

    After leaving 10,000 Maniacs in 1993, her solo career debuted with her first album, Tigerlily, in 1995. Since then, Natalie Merchants hasn't turned back and is due to release a 10 record set on July 17th, a feat few artists achieve.

  • Guys and Dolls at Stratford Festival

    Actors Sing and Dance Up a Storm

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jul 07th, 2017

    It seems that almost everyone has a show-stopping song. And the action constantly moves to a change of place and tone and feeling. When, after we’ve been variously entertained by several couples, at least five major contenders for the star role, and much clowning, one of the big, oafish, slangy gangsters, stands up in church and sings a confessional song that brings the house down.

  • James Taylor's Fireworks At Tanglewood

    Packed House Cheers Bonnie Raitt

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 07th, 2017

    18,500 guests visit Tanglewood on July 4th to pay their yearly homage to the Berkshires' best known musician, James Taylor. Bonnie Raitt joined him during the holiday celebration.

  • Sylvia Stoner and Noah Palmer in Bennington

    Discussing Their Upcoming Gig

    By: Chris Buchanan - Jul 06th, 2017

    The Bennington Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp, presents soprano, Sylvia Stoner and pianist, Noah Palmer as the fourth concert guests in the summer music series, performing on Friday, July 14th.

  • Opening Night of Tanglewood Season

    Nelsons Conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 2

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 08th, 2017

    For Nelsons and the BSO the performance of Gustav Mahler's sublime, mystical, poetic and powerful Symphony No. 2 in C Minor proved to be physically and emotionally exhausting.

  • Carmen Clicks at Prelude to Performance

    Martina Arroyo Brings Emerging Talent on Stage

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 09th, 2017

    Martina Arroyo, spinto soprano supreme, has committed a foundation in her name to the production of operas in which young talent, on the cups of careers, are given a chance to perform. At the Danny Kaye Theater in New York, George Bizet's Carmen was as fresh and compelling as any recent performance of this delicious warhorse.

  • Wilco Headlines Solid Sound Festival

    Fifth Mega Event Sold Out at MoCA

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 30th, 2017

    Wilco headlined the fifth Solid Sound festival, a sell out, at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. The band played for two evenings and Jeff tweedy returned on Sunday to play with his son, Spencer, and special friends of the band.

  • Francisco Nunez and Young Concert Singers

    Bringing La Systema to Carnegie Hall

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 27th, 2017

    Building new audiences can be natural if you can get young people to sing, prepare them for concert performance and invite their families to attend. Francisco Nunes, the composer and conductor, does this with his Young People's Choir. They were joined by like groups from other cities to perform music created for them. The evening was a smash hit.

  • Angels in America Opera

    Composer Péter Eötvös Creates a Work for the Ages

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 15th, 2017

    Composer Péter Eötvös took a monumental American work, Angels in America, and abstracted its spirit as an opera for the ages. Hallucinatory and death-directed, the opera version mixes spoken and played note language to convey both the anguish and rage of the victims of AIDS.

  • LoftOpera at the Muse in Brooklyn

    Pergolesi's Beloved Stabat Mater

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 18th, 2017

    LoftOpera is committed to bringing opera to new, young audiences in welcoming performances which can be greeted with joy by both the artists and the audience. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, one of the world's most beloved musical settings of a 13th century Christian poem, was actualized in a Brooklyn warehouse. The audience was moved and entranced.

  • A Night with Janis Joplin

    On Stage in San Francisco

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 18th, 2017

    The spirit of the boozing and boisterous rocker is vibrantly on stage at American Conservatory Theatre in An Evening with Janis Joplin. In an incarnation by Kacee Clanton the blues rock belter from Port Arthur, Texas is back where it all started during the flower power hippie era of sweet and wild San Francisco. The touring company of the Broadway musical is playing to packed houses.

  • Alan Gilbert Leads Concerts in the Parks

    Exits in Fireworks

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jun 19th, 2017

    Alan Gilbert gave his final New York concerts as music director of the New York Philharmonic this week, leading the annual Concerts in the Parks series in four boroughs. Wednesday's concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park was blessed with magnificent weather: clear skies and 80 degrees. Perfect.

  • The Four Voices At Tanglewood

    Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls

    Photo by Hilary Scott
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 21st, 2017

    Joan Baez led the Four Voices to a packed house at their final concert tour stop at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. The four women serenaded the audience for two plus hours on a beautiful spring evening.

  • Million Dollar Quartet at BTG

    A Fantastic Night of Epic Rock 'n' Roll

    By: Maria Reveley - Jun 21st, 2017

    Million Dollar Quartet is based on a true story of a rare event - the coming together in one studio of four rock 'n' roll legends: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Set on December 4, 1956, at Sun Records in Memphis, It was a night to remember for all rock n' roll fans!

  • On Site Opera Premiers Milhaud

    Guilty Mother at The Garage

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 23rd, 2017

    Kenneth Cole has created a huge space for events, gatherings, parties, and yes, operas. Located far west in Mid Manhattan, On Site Opera chose it for their American premier production of Darius Milhaud's The Guilty Mother.

  • OperaRox Concludes NY Opera Fest

    New Works at National Opera Center

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 25th, 2017

    OperaRox, a passionate and persuasive group that is promoting new compositions for the human voice, presented the final program in the New York Opera Fest 2017. Clearly this is not the last word for opera.

  • Boston Early Music Festival in Venice

    19th Biennial Festival's Two Operas and 18 Concerts

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 25th, 2017

    The early music world comes to Boston every two years for the BEMF. This year its centerpiece opera was Andre Campra's "Le Carnaval de Venise," an opera-ballet, in its American premiere. It also reprised a hilarious pair of intermezzi, one of them the popular "La serva padrona," by Giovanni Pergolesi and Handel's Roman period oratorio "La Resurrezione." A good time was had by all.

  • Sondheim on Sondheim

    A Magical Evening at Tanglewood

    By: Maria Reveley - Jul 10th, 2017

    Sondheim on Sondheim presents a multi-media scrapbook on the life and work of Broadway's genius, Stephen Sondheim. A unique personal glance at not only Sondheim's life, but his creation of Broadway musicals. This evening provides insight into Sondheim's process and the life experiences that influenced his work. The eight vocalists, including four Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows, deliver Sondheim's music with feeling and vocal power.

  • Evoking Ella Fitzgerald

    Tanglewood Celebrates 100th Birthday

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2017

    Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was among yhe foremost jazz singers of her generation. In Ozawa Hall a centennial celebration was organized by arranger, Lee Musiker in collaboration with classical singers Stephanie Blythe and Dawn Upshaw. Together they are mentoring vocal fellows who comprised most of the program.

  • Tanglewood on Parade

    Popular Annual Event

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 02nd, 2017

    Indeed it was a long evening ending around 11 PM with the tradition arsenal of fireworks accompanying the climax ith a massive performance of Tchaikovsky’s energizing 1812 Overture. It evoked Moscow’s triumphant church bells and the thunderous boom of Napoleon’s captured canons.

  • Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center

    Mozart Embraces Lully and Lang

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 02nd, 2017

    Percussion was the theme of the Mostly Mozart concert featuring also David Lang. Mozart used kettle drums to underiine a point. In his comic opera, Abduction from the Seraglio, he also used triangle, cymbals and a bass drum to suggest the exotic Turkish locale. Jean-Baptiste Lully added percussion for the elevation of a Molière character to noble man. It was an inspired selection of music to surround David Lang's "man made" created to show how elemental percussion instruments are heard by their fancier orchestral counterparts.

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