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Premiere of Works by Stephen Dankner

Clark Features Berkshire Composer October 12

By: Stephen Dankner - 09/01/2014
Clark Features Berkshire Composer October 12During a recent meeting in Williamstown the Berkshire Composer and Berkshire Fine Arts contributor, Stephen Denkner, discussed several world premieres over the next couple of months. His Quartets Nos. 14, 16 and 17 will be performed by the Dover String Quartet at the Clark Art Institute on October 12 at 3 PM.

Tony Bennett Returns to Tanglewood

American Jazz Master Flat Out at 88

By: Charles Giuliano - 09/01/2014
American Jazz Master Flat Out at 88The Tanglewood season closed with a near to capacity audience for national treasure Tony Bennett. Closing in on 90 yet again he uniquely rattled the renowned rusty pipes. He proved why Frank Sintra hailed him as the greatest jazz singer of his generation. Keeping forever young he is about to release an album of duets with Lady Gaga.

Josh Groban At Tanglewood

Falling in Love Again

By: Philip Kampe and Maria Reveley - 09/01/2014
Falling in Love AgainHumor, wit, charm and good looks equal Josh Groban. Like local favorite, Arlo Guthrie, Groban is a master storyteller.

TRAIN Keeps Chugging at Tanglewood

Wallflowers Shared the Stage

By: Philip Kampe and Maria Reveley - 08/30/2014
Wallflowers Shared the Stage TRAIN brought down the house at Tanglewood. In a return to the Berkshires classic TRAIN songs were mixed with songs from the upcoming new album, titled ‘Bulletproof Picasso.’ Yet again the middle aged rockers thrilled an audience of teenieboppers.

Javier Perianes Debuts at Ravinia

An Enchanter Beguiles at the Keyboard

By: Susan Hall - 08/23/2014
An Enchanter Beguiles at the KeyboardJavier Perianes has been nurtured by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Charles Dutoit. Already he has appeared at Carnegie Hall and in San Francisco. He performs Grieg with the Atlanta Symphony in November and is scheduled for both the Boston and Chicago Symphonies in 2015-16. At Ravinia you could hear why much is expected of this charming, impish and technically fabulous artist.

Mozart and Puccini Come to Life at HHOT

Grand Opera in Cambridge, New York

By: Chris Buchanan - 08/17/2014
Grand Opera in Cambridge, New YorkLe Nozze di Figaro and Gianni Schicchi play through August 24.“Gianni Schicchi” is a little known gem that you absolutely must go to see. As to "Nozze di Figaro", it is a long evening, but well worth it.

James Conlon Conducts Marriage of Figaro at Ravinia

John Relyea and Lisette Oropesa Sublime with the Chicago Symphony

By: Susan Hall - 08/16/2014
John Relyea and Lisette Oropesa Sublime with the Chicago SymphonyThe Chicago Symphony was red hot when it embarked on the overture to Figaro. They relished the challenge and it paid off for listeners. One of the reasons that you can’t put a B cast to perform familiar music is that the audience knows the music so well. The performance has to be perfect. With Assistant concert master Stephanie Jeong leading, this Mozart was sublime.

James Conlon's Don Giovanni with Chicago Symphony

Singing Along with David Bizic, Tamara Wilson, and Saimir Pirgu

By: Susan Hall - 08/15/2014
Singing Along  with David Bizic, Tamara Wilson, and Saimir Pirgu At first you wonder what the terms of Ravinia’s contracts are. Performance after performance in the opera concerts and semi stagings we get luxury casting, first rate, world class singers across the board. This is the magic of a conductor and music director who singers love. And why not? Up close in an 850 seat theatre, you could see Conlon sing the entire opera, helping the singers as a live prompter and nearby encourager. Too bad the Metropolitan Opera did not catch him when they could. It is hard to imagine the mess the Met is in now if he had been at the helm.

Beach Boys Surf Tanglewood

Fun Fun Fun on Monday, August 18th

By: Philip Kampe - 08/15/2014
Fun Fun Fun on Monday, August 18thThe Beach Boys will take over Tanglewood on Monday, August 18th. There will be a dance area on the lawn outside of the shed, volleyball nets near the rear of the lawn, beach balls will be dispersed for play throughout the concert and sand and beach motif will dress up Tanglewood.

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