• Helmut Lachenmann's The Little Match Girl

    Cutting Edge Opera at Spoleto Festival in Charleston

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 07th, 2016

    Cramped into nose bleed seats it was excruciating to endure the experimental opera The Little Match Girl by Helmut Lachenmann. It was a presentation of the prestigious annual Spoleto Festival USA which is currently enjoying its 40th season in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Mavis Staples Rocked While Dylan Rolled

    Unique Tanglewood Appearance

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 05th, 2016

    Bob Dylan brought his current act, the 'Never Ending Tour' to Tanglewood. His opening act was Mavis Staples, formally one of the Staples Singers.

  • James Taylor at Tanglewood

    His 25th Appearance.

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 06th, 2016

    Since 1974, James Taylor, known as 'JT' performed some 25 times at Tanglewood. He is obviously the most revered popular artist performer to grace the grounds of this historic music center.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Garrison Keillor's Big Night

    Final Tanglewood Event and Broadcast

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 30th, 2016

    After 17 seasons at Tanglewood, Garrison Keillor retires from 'Prairie Home Companion.'

  • New York City Opera's Boffo Return

    Catán's Florencia Brilliantly Produced

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 27th, 2016

    Florencia en el Amazonas is exactly the kind of opera and production New York City Opera should mount. Now producing in a suitably-sized house, the revived opera company has mounted a wonderfully satisfying opera.

  • Hershey Felder Gives Us Irving Berlin

    Felder a Masterful Man for All Seasons

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 08th, 2016

    Hershey Felder has made a career of creating the great musicians of the past three centuries. His Irving Berlin is touching, witty and very American.

  • Former WBCN DJ Mark Parenteau at 66

    Last Years Marred by Scandal and Illness

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 09th, 2016

    During a golden age when WBCN was the Rock of Boston Mark Perenteau was a larger than life presence. A mega watt presence was the catalyst for both fame and fortune as well as scandal and demise. He died from complications following surgery at 66.

  • Tanglewood Opens With Dolly Parton

    Jolene in the Berkshires on June 17

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 11th, 2016

    Legendary country star, Dolly Parton, makes her Tanglewood debut on June 17th at 7pm in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

  • What's Next for Hamilton Winners

    From Broadway Sensation to Years on the Road

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 14th, 2016

    At about $150 each my pal and BFA contributor, Jack Lyons, managed to get a few "cheap seats" for the Broadway smash Hamilton. We even got to go back stage and chat with now Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. Back in November I asked him "what's next." It was a bit premature but all of the original contracts expire this summer. Its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has already announced plans to leave. The show will continue indefinitly on Broadway while several touring companies are launched.

  • Brian Wilson plays Pet Sounds at Tanglewood on Sunday, June 19th

    The 50th Anniversary

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 15th, 2016

    Brian Wilson will perform for the first time at Koussevitzky Hall on the grounds of Tanglewood on Sunday, June 19th at 2:30pm

  • Dollywood Comes to Tanglewood

    Dolly Parton Debuts at Tanglewood

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 19th, 2016

    Dolly Parton brought her act to Koussevitzky Hall on June 17th. And what an act it was.

  • Brian Wilson Plays 'Pet Sounds'

    50 Years After Its Release

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 20th, 2016

    Fifty years after the release of 'Pet Sounds', Brian Wilson and his band played the album in its entirety. The music sizzled during a scorching afternoon at Tanglewood.

  • Chris Botti at Tanglewood

    Three Ring Circus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 25th, 2016

    When he plays it straight Chris Botti is among the elite trumpet players of his generation. There is no question of his musicianship. But at times his performance at Tanglewood was way to Vegas. It seemed more Wayne Newton than Miles Davis. This jarred with hearing a superb rhythm section which was cut loose only occasionally.

  • Bounce, the Basketball Opera

    Live Basketball, Live Singers, Infectious Drama

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 26th, 2016

    Artists committed to the continuing attraction of opera as a form that draws an audience are experimenting. A workshop of Bounce, an opera conceived by Grete Holby and her Ardea Arts in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, is performed in a park in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. With dribbles as drumming and heros like Flight and Future, the future of opera itself is secured.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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