• BLO's "La Boheme" Reset in '68 Paris

    Period Change Does Not Diminish an Iconic Opera

    By: David Bonetti - Oct 09th, 2015

    We always love bohemians - or at least we used to - but most of us wouldn't want to live the lives of poverty and disease they endured for our entire lives. The classic story of the poet Rodolfo and the doomed seamstress Mimi has jerked tears from audiences since its premiere in 1896. The BLO's production hit all the necessary points without reaching the highest peaks.

  • Tanglewood Update

    BSO Departs Early to Launch European Tour

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    By all accounts from the audience to musicians and critics the BSO has never sounded better than under its young artistic director Andris Nelsons. The BSO has departed Tanglewood earlier than usual to start a European tour on August 22 through September 5. The BSO opens its fall season in October.

  • Hubbard Hall Opera Theater

    Takes Verdi’s Rigoletto by Storm

    By: Chris Buchanan - Aug 18th, 2015

    Verdi's Rigoletto is a tragic masterpiece and one of the top ten most performed operas in the world. It can exist on a grand scale, but at Hubbard Hall you will witness the human side of this production. The audience can feel the moving power that sometimes is only delivered in the most intimate of spaces as an exquisite pianissimo whisper.

  • George Benjamin Conducts ICE at Lincoln Center

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ligeti's Favorite, is Stunning

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 16th, 2015

    Mostly Mozart is committed to pushing the envelope. In engaging George Benjamin as composer-in-residence they have had him on hand for stage and full productions of his two operas. He has also conducted the work of other composers whose influence he imbibed. Claire Chase and the International Contemporary Ensemble show their stuff in two pieces by composers who influenced Benjamin and in Benjamin's chamber opera Into the Little Hill.

  • Mostly Mozart Premier's Benjamin's Written on Skin

    Gory and Beautiful, the Opera Succeeds Bartok and Berg

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 13th, 2015

    After its smashing success at Aix-en-Provence, Written on Skin has been produced in London and Berlin and other European cities. Now it arrives in New York with 60 percent of the original cast, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra which originally performed under the composer. Alan Gilbert takes the podium and brings forth an at once daring and lovely performance.

  • El Exigente Botstein Brings Mexico to Bard

    Revueltas, Chavez and de Falla Staged

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 10th, 2015

    Leon Botstein calls our attention to the music and art of Mexico. Mexico is under-represented in symphony halls across the world. Botstein, who heads Bard and extraordinary music programs, is introducing extensive important Mexican compositions of the last century. While Carlos Chavez is less well known than Silvestre Revueltas, he was the center of Mexico's music life during his lifetime and is its lynchpin.

  • Boston Midsummer Opera Does "Martha"

    Once Popular Opera by Friedrich von Flotow

    By: David Bonetti - Aug 06th, 2015

    "Martha" is famous for two numbers, one of which, "The Last Rose of Summer," is actually an Irish folk song. But most contemporary opera lovers have not heard the entire work. Midsummer Opera's production suggests although the work has its pleasures, it is not soon to become an opera house staple.

  • Tanglewood on Parade 2015

    Andris Nelsons Subs for John Williams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2015

    A highlight of the Berkshire season is the annual day long event Tanglewood On Parade culminating in a concert in the Shed. A perennial participant, composer/ conductor John Williams, was unable to travel from his home in LA. His music was heard including a Tanglewood debut of Andris Nelsons as a substitute conductor of the Pops. A good time was had by all.

  • Ethel Smyth's The Wreckers

    Botstein Conducts at Bard's Summerscape

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Ethel Smyth is the only female composer whose work has been produced by the Metropolitan Opera. An admirer of Wagner, Berlioz and Brahms, she in turn was admired by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Thomas Beecham and Virginia Woolf. The Wreckers is her best known opera and Leon Botstein, ever on the alert for deserving but underexposed works, presented it in concert form in 2007. Now he gives us the full treatment at Bard.

  • The Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    Event for the Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Jessica Conzo, market manager for Downtown Pittsfield's Farmers Market, hosted the second annual 'Blue Moon Roof Top' celebration on Friday night, July 31st, on top of the Greystone Building, located at 446 North Street. The event was a sell-out.

  • Unknown Soldier at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    World Premiere Musical by Michael Freidman and Daniel Goldstein

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 02nd, 2015

    This is the 10th WTF season for Michael Friedman, and 6th for Daniel Goldstein. They have created the world premiere of a musical Unknown Soldier which is one of the bright and promising productions this summer in Williamstown. The project was initiated through a commission from former artistic director Nicholas Martin. It has been brought to fruition by Mandy Greenfield .

  • This Week at Tanglewood: August 2nd-6th

    Tanglewood On Parade Featured on Tuesday

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 02nd, 2015

    The week of August 2nd to 6thh is one of the most exciting weeks at Tanglewood,located in Lenox, Massachusetts. If you are a fan of conductor Andris Nelsons and Yo-Yo Ma, this is your week of enjoyment.

  • Paul Natkin Superstars

    Exhibition at Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 28th, 2015

    Paul Natkin told an attentive audience about shooting Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis on his Born in the USA tour for a Newsweek cover. That shoot was described in a story about Natkin in the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when my family believed I was a real photographer," he said. That publicity also led to five years as the staff photographer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Mostly Mozart Presents Emerging Talent

    Cape Cod Chamber Music, Met Opera Baritone Plus Bard Pianist

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 18th, 2015

    Mostly Mozart. adding a soupçon of musical interest for its audiences and a splendid opportunity for rising young talent to perform in important venues, offers a concert pre-concert, in which you might even hear Emmanuel Ax. Avery FIsher Hall, configured for the Festival, is an acoustically satisfying, intimate experience.

  • Cirque de la Symphonie at Tanglewood

    Three Rings for Pops

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 23rd, 2015

    The circus came to town joining the Pops for perhaps the most fun and entertaining evening of summer at Tanglewood.

  • NY Fringe 2015: Ideas Not Theories

    Boston's Reynaliz Herrera Finds the Beat Everywhere

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 23rd, 2015

    In nooks and crannies all over New York, talent is busting out in the 19th New York International Fringe Festival. Herrera is a percussionist who finds the beat wherever she is. In her entrancing concept of a kid in a warehouse music factory, buckets and bikes found lying on the floor offer opportunities for novel and instant sounds. They are even better than chocolate.

  • Hibla Gerzmava Seduces at Carnegie Hall

    The Soprano from Abkhazia

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 09th, 2015

    Hibla Gerzmava floats notes as though they made an effortless journey from her heart into the surrounding Hall in which she performs. Glamorous and a consummate actress, all the focus is on the gorgeous music that she lofts. It was a special evening at Carnegie Hall in which we got a taste of her perfection as Desdemona in Otello.

  • Dizzy

    Grroving High with a Bahai

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 08th, 2015

    I named by parakeet Dizzy Gillespie. Hanging with iconic hipster in a cruise of Boston Harbor with arts elder Elma Lewis.

  • Laurie Anderson's Habeas Corpus

    Project with Mohammed El Gharani in New York

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 05th, 2015

    As globalization brings us closer together, frequent reminders of the horrors we perpetrate on each other are invaluable. A young man who was 14 when he was arrested, tortured and locked up in Guantanamo Bay reminds us that no one is exempt. Laurie Anderson offers an ineffably moving picture in collaboration with Saudi-born Mohammed El Gharani. The installation was recently on view at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

  • In Your Arms at Old Globe

    World Premiere of Musical in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2015

    “In Your Arms” is the brain-child of brilliant choreographer/director Christopher Gattelli and Broadway producer Jennifer Manocherian. It is having its world premiere at Old Globe in San Diego.

  • Tennessee Williams Cabaret

    Armando Arrocha and Colette Simple

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 30th, 2015

    During the recent Provinctetown Tennessee Williams Festival we attended two performances of cabaret, based on works of Williams at the Crown and Anchor. The two experiences comprised a study in contrast with the best and worst of the tenth annual festival.

  • Metropolitan Opera Season Opens

    Aleksandrs Antonenko a Brilliant Otello

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 21st, 2015

    Otello is one of the greatest operas of Giuseppe Verdi. In the 2011 season, Riccardo Muti mounted a concert performance which was almost universally heralded as the event of the season. Singing the title role under the Maestro was Aleksandrs Antonenko, who delivered a performance of technical perfection and rich emotion. Antonenko has not forgotten the lessons he learned from Muti, and has, in fact, built on them. His performance at the Metropolitan Opera is wrenching.

  • Fresh Grass Festival 2015

    September 18-20 at MASS MoCA

    Fresh Grass 2014
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 14th, 2015

    Non-stop bluegrass related music will take over North Adams Massachusetts this upcoming weekend. The Fresh Grass 2015 version invades the Berkshires for what should be a wonderful music oriented weekend.

  • Old Blue Eyes

    Singer for the Dons

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 11th, 2015

    By the time Sinatra played the Music Hall in Boston there wasn't much left of The Voice. But he had the chops to sell a song long after the pipes had rusted. Up close and personal I had choice seats in a special section of New England mafia royalty.

  • Woodstock

    Back Stage Perks

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 08th, 2015

    Ditching the car with Joey and Amber we hiked to Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. There were a half million sitting through mud and rain at Woodstock. The fences came down but I had press credentials. We made our way back stage.

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