• Tanglewood Opens 2016 Season

    Jacques Lacombe Conducts with Soloist Joshua Bell

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 09th, 2016

    After three weeks of pop concerts drawing an audience of some 100,000 opening night of official Tanglewood 2016 seemed more like mid season.

  • MASS MoCA Fall Schedule

    Program Through December

    By: MoCA - Aug 03rd, 2016

    MASS MoCA heads into the fall with the 6th annual FreshGrass Festival on September 16-18, a rollicking weekend largely devoted to artists in roots and acoustic bluegrass music — and powers through until December when Dinosaur Jr. takes the stage in a night of power-grunge. In between, swoon for Benjamin Clementine in the Hunter and Eisa Davis up in the Club — and witness what might be one of the most powerful, poignant, and political works we have ever exhibited.

  • Tanglewood On Parade

    Four Conductors, One Big Night.

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 04th, 2016

    Tanglewood On Parade is the yearly event that brings families and friends together for the day. Traveling musicians, clowns and musical activities lead up to the finale, the '1812 Overture', fireworks and canons being fired.

  • Paavo Jarvis Conducts Mostly Mozart

    Pied Piper Martin Fröst Soars on Clarinet

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 06th, 2016

    At Lincoln Center Paavo Järvi conducted the Mostly Mozart Orchestra softly yet he carried a big baton, from La Sidone which Arvo Part composed for the opening of the Olympics in Turin Italy. We are reminded that this year’s Olympics opened on the very day of this concert.

  • Sllk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood

    Celebrating World Music

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 08th, 2016

    Eighteen years ago Cellist Yo Yo Ma and a core of global musicians formed Silk Road Ensemble. Yet again their appearance was a musical treat and highlight of the Tanglewood season.

  • Film Night With John Williams

    Star Wars Revisited

    'Star Wars'
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 15th, 2016

    John Williams returned to the stage at Tanglewood for 'Film Night', an evening where his scores, especially, 'Star Wars' gets flight from this renowned 84 year old iconic composer/conductor.

  • Inon Barnatan Plays A Little Night Music

    Candlelit Suites at Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 14th, 2016

    Inon Barnatan is a premier pianist who is game to offer music in different venues. From Washington Irving High School to Poisson Rouge and every pocket of the Lincoln Center campus, he has engaged audiences in his art with a brilliant humility that stuns. His creation of a Baroque Suite with short dance pieces from Bach to Barber was a magical moment in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.

  • Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret

    With Meow Meow and Australian Chamber Orchestra

    Barry Humphries and Meow Meow
    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 15th, 2016

    Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret focuses on the degenerate (according to the Nazis) music of Berlin's Weimar Republic of the 1920s-30s. Humphries presents and performs this music with the talented international cabaret performer, Meow Meow, and with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by its artistic director and violinist, Richard Tognetti. Together, these talents delivered a wonderfully done, touching and mesmerizing performance at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA last night.

  • Broadway Bounty Hunter Stars Annie Golden

    Barrington Stage Debuts Hit Musical by Joe Iconis

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 20th, 2016

    Annie Golden broke out with Hair in 1979. As she sings in a sure to be standard the actress is a "Woman of a Certain Age." She plays herself in a world premiere of Broadway Bounty Hunters by Joe Iconis at Barrington Stage Company. This is a fun musical that you will want to see at least twice. They just don't make them like this anymore.

  • Gounod's Romeo and Juliet

    Santa Fe Opera Orchestra

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 22nd, 2016

    The Santa Fe Orchestra under Harry Bicket charges in the introduction to Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet with a dark gusto. On stage, the Capulets in blue sword fight with the Montagus in red. We quickly cut to the choral summation of the famous tale of ill-fated lover who pave the way to peace among naturally-born enemies.

  • Don Giovanni Burns Up in Santa Fe

    Superb Mozart

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 22nd, 2016

    The production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni now running at the Santa Fe Opera is a perfect occasion for a celebration of the opera company’s sixtieth anniversary. Seating over 2200, it is a grand house in part because it is located on a mountain top with a view of the Jemez Mountains. Performances begin at 8pm as the sun sets and the backstage real sky is streaked orange, and red and burnt sienna.

  • Capriccio at Santa Fe Opera

    Insider's Debate Gives Pleasure to All

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 23rd, 2016

    Are words or music more important? In opera there is no debate. Both reign. Richard Strauss, trapped in Nazi Germany because beloved members of his family were Jewish and he wanted to save them, set his last opera as a debate. Unquestionably, in 1942 he was also making a plea for civilization. Santa Fe produces a delightful take on Capriccio.

  • Chorus Line in Charleston

    Opens 85th Season of Footlight Players

    By: Sandy Katz - Aug 25th, 2016

    The production of A Chorus Line which opened the 85th season of Footlight Players in Charleston was so fresh and lively that it was hard to fathom that the musical premiered some four decades ago. The smallish stage was packed with 26 hopefuls auditioning for just eight roles.

  • Fresh Grass Festival at Mass MoCa

    Three Days of Bluegrass Music

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 03rd, 2016

    Mass MoCA is home to the renowned Fresh Grass music festival. Over 50 bands will play on the grounds of the museum, during this three day event. It takes place from September 16th to 18th. Rosanne Cash and Ricky Scaggs are a few of the headliners.

  • Let the Good Times Roll

    Summer Fun in Charleston

    By: Sandy Katz - Aug 02nd, 2016

    For fabulous summer fun Let the Good Times Roll at Charleston's Music Hall.

  • Seth MacFarlane Man Of All Seasons

    Enjoying the Humor

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 13th, 2016

    Seth MacFarlane is known for his several tv projects, including the 14th year of the syndicated program, Funny Guy, as well as his skill in writing the movie, 'Ted.' What we didn't know was that he is a professionally trained singer, who could have had a second career if the first didn't work out.

  • Qian Yi Transforming in Paradise Interrupted

    Lincoln Center Festival Opens

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 14th, 2016

    Composer Huang Ruo talks about dimensionalism. You don't have to understand what the term means to get totally caught up in new dimensions in his opera Paradise Interrupted which opens the Lincoln Center Festival. Ruo's music, and Jennifer Ma's libretto based on the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden are enmeshed in The Peony Pavilion, a truncated version of the 16th century Chinese Opera. The original lasted 22 hours and has been performed by Qian Yi, a force of nature who weaves the song of the central character in the new opera.

  • The Knights Serenade Tanglewood

    The Times They Are A-Changin

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 16th, 2016

    The Knights, a Brooklyn based chamber music band, play music from numerous genres and somehow unite the opposing styles into a wonderful evening of entertainment. From Hadyn to Dylan, with a little Schubert thrown in for good measure, The Knights journey begins.

  • Kanze Noh's Inaugural at Lincoln Center

    Traditional Japanese Theater Intrigues

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 16th, 2016

    Even if you don't know the conventions of Noh Theater, developed over 600 years in Japan, there is great pleasure in its performance. The Kanze Noh troupe sports players whose descent can be traced back 22 generations. Deep emotions are generated by performances of dramas from this rich history.

  • Drumming by Steve Reich

    So Percussion at Lincoln Center

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 17th, 2016

    Bathed in blue light, the stage could be anywhere, in the heart of Africa or New York CIty. Steve Reich, one of the titans of modern music, captured mainstream attention with Drumming. Now everyone loves the iconic piece. Lincoln Center offers it and other works of Reich in their summer festival.

  • Reich Reverberates at Lincoln Center

    Ensemble Signal and Jack Quartet Capture the Spirit

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 20th, 2016

    In his 80th birthday year, Reich is being celebrated by Tilson Thomas in San Francisco and in a train station outside London in September. He is in New York now with multiple concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. We are fortunate indeed for this native New Yorker.

  • Leon Botstein Makes the Case for Mascagni

    Iris Beautifully Sung at Bard Summer Festival

    By: Susan Hall and Djurdjija Vucinic - Jul 25th, 2016

    Leon Botstein, music impresario of the first order, declared that if Mascagni’s opera Iris was good enough for Toscanini, it was good enough for him. Many of us feel that if it’s good enough for Botstein, it’s good enough for us. The music is gorgeous. Botstein hears Wagner. We heard Puccini. The descending fifth leap from Tosca started many a phrase. Yet it was Mascagni that preceded Puccini.

  • Madama Butterfly at Hubbard Hall

    Saying Goodbye to Hubbard Hall Opera Theater's Founding Artistic Director

    Cosi fan tutte
    By: Chris Buchanan - Jul 26th, 2016

    Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Alix Jones, talks to us about how small-scale opera started at Hubbard Hall, why is succeeded, and where it might go next.

  • Mozart Celebrated in New York

    Festival Fifty Years Young

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 26th, 2016

    The Mostly Mozart Festival is fifty years young. To celebrate the occasion, Lincoln Center put on The Illuminated Heart at David Geffen Hall. Singers were the A list of opera. It was like degustation at Sur Mesure. Like the All Star game, you wondered if another operatic music event could be going on anywhere. Seems like everyone who was anyone was on stage.

  • Sound Worlds of So at Lincoln Center

    Phasing from Reich to Lang to Dessner

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 30th, 2016

    In the 19th century, no one musically-inclined would have imagined percussion as the central arbiter of musical taste two centuries later. Yet today no one could live without percussion and the So Percussion Quartet makes the case for striking objects of every imaginable variety, including flower pots and tea cups.

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