• 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.

  • Tanglewood/ BSO Opening Night

    All-American Program

    By: Charles giuliano - Jul 04th, 2015

    For the BSO's opening night at Tanglewood guest conductor Jacques Lacombe led the orchestra through a diverse program of Americana that celebrated the Independence Day theme of freedom. Particularly essential was the give and take, call and answer between the traditions and cross pollination of jazz and classical music. A highlight was John Douglas Thompson speaking the words of Abraham Lincoln in a tribute composed by Aaron Copland.

  • Miles

    Keith or Chick

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 04th, 2015

    Miles on tour after Bitches Brew saw him at Harvard Stadium then later in the week Lennie's on the Turnpike. That night the band included Jack DeJohnette, drums, Michael Henderson, bass, Gary Bartz, horns, Fender pianos Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. John McLaughlin sat in on guitar. Back stage Miles asked me to help him make a difficult decision.

  • 'Home on the Range' (Tanglewood)

    Sing Along with Bryn Terfel

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 10th, 2015

    Heavyweight bass-baritone Bryn Terfel wows the audience at Ozawa Hall

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Wynton Marsalis Returns to Tanglewood

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 15th, 2015

    On August 20, 2012 Wynton Marsalis shared an appearance at Tanglewood with bass player Christian McBride. Last night he returned to Ozawa Hall with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This superb group of New York based musicians presented a program of traditional big band music from the 1930s and 1940s in the first half and works by members of the orchestra, including Marsalis, in the second.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall

    Welser-Möst Conducts Messiaen and Dvorák

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 16th, 2015

    Welser-Möst hid behind Tristan and Iseult in Vienna and Salome at Carnegie, two terrific opera productions he conducted. The continuity of the performance he draws from the elegant Cleveland Orchestra, weaving together an unusual whole, swoops the listener into the entire work without a breath, but with infinite attention to dynamic detail. It is a remarkable and uplifting experience to hear orchestral works as Welser-Möst designs them. Orchestra members are willing and more than up to the exciting task.

  • Audra Mcdonald in Concert at Tanglewood

    Tony winner plays Ozawa Hall on Sunday, July 19th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 18th, 2015

    Known for her recent role as Billie Holiday, multiple Tony award winning actress and singer, Audra Mcdonald takes center stage at Tanglewood on July 19.

  • Daphne with The Cleveland Orchestra

    Welser-Möst Realizes the First of the Last Great Works of Strauss

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 19th, 2015

    Daphne, a one act opera, is more tone poem than drama. Each character has a signature in notes. Particularly Daphne, Apollo and Leukippos are shaped and defined by Strauss. Strauss' new librettist Joseph Gregor finally produced a satisfactory text with a lot of help from Strauss' friends. Daphne was Pauline, Strauss' wife, favorite. A noted soprano in her own right, Pauline recognized the extraordinary musical character Strauss created for sopranos. Regine Hangler took full advantage.

  • Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    July 31 Benefit to Support Pittsfield Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2015

    Dance drink and enjoy the stars from the Blue Moon Rooftop in downtown Pittsfield. It's a benefit for the Farmers Market.

  • Chicago Exhibition of Jazz and Art

    At Museum of Contemportary Art

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 23rd, 2015

    The newly opened exhibit, The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Chicago's experimental jazz collective, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), which continues to expand the boundaries of jazz.

  • Opera Is Coming to Cambrige, NY

    Rigoletto and Old Maid & the Thief at Hubbard Hall

    By: Chris Buchanan - Jul 25th, 2015

    Hubbard Hall Opera Theater offers up something for everyone with their summer season.

  • Tommy

    Having a Silver Ball

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    To get up for the gig, The Who, we dropped acid. From the front row Ronnie and I were blown away by Tommy.

  • Girlfriend at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

    World Premiere Musical by Todd Almond & Matthew Sweet

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 28th, 2015

    Todd Almond’s new rock musical “Girlfriend” with music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet is a vanguard production that addresses the issues of understanding, acceptance, as well as the hopes and dreams of two gay teenage boys who discover one another in rural Nebraska in the summer of 1993.

  • Side by Side by Sondheim

    North Coast Repertory Theatre through August 16

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 28th, 2015

    The North Coast Repertory Theatre production of “Side By Side By Sondheim”, does Mr. Sondheim proud! That enormous canon is selectively and lovingly brought to life by four gifted and talented singer/actors in a 90 minute free flowing tribute to his genius under the inspired direction of North Coast artistic director David Ellenstein.

  • Les Troyens by San Francisco Opera

    Stunning Performances by Antonacci, Graham and Hymel

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 02nd, 2015

    The Trojan horse's head is 23 feet tall, the stage is packed with 18 principal singers, a chorus, dancers galore. Berlioz is perfumed with madness and desire. It is grand opera at its best in San Francisco: Les Troyens.

  • Wilco and Real Estate Open Solid Sound Festival

    Mass MoCA Be There or Be Square

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jun 25th, 2015

    Wilco and thirty other bands invade Mass MoCA this weekend

  • Tanglewood This Week

    Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Huey Lewis, Mark Morris and More

    Mark Morris   June 25th & 26th
    By: Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley - Jun 24th, 2015

    For under $100 you can purchase lawn tickets and see four popular artists at Tanglewood.

  • Season Finale: Schubert and Beethoven Trios

    Year-End Wrap up at the Rosen Salon

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 21st, 2015

    Music salons at Joseph and Christina Rosen's are a treat. Over the course of a season, you can hear up and coming pianists, singers, and contemporary composers. The warhorses of music sound fresh and inviting. Only one of the pleasures of an evening is hearing Joe Rosen perform on the clarinet.

  • Gilbert Conducts Joan of Arc at the Stake

    Marion Cotilliard Simply Magnificent as Joan

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2015

    The North American continent does not have military heroines. A 17th century Mexican nun, Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, was censored for her apostatic writings, but never picked up a sword. Without queens and saints, we have struggled into modern times. For comfort when France was challenged, as it often has been in history, the country looks to its patron saint, Joan of Arc, who helped end the Hundred Years War before she was burned at the stake. The New York Philharmonic reminded us of her trials in the ineffably moving composition of Paul Claudel and Arthur Honegger.

  • Monteverdi Trilogy Heads to the Berkshires

    Early Music Festival Travels to Great Barrington

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 18th, 2015

    Every two years the Boston Early Music Festival schedules a week of concerts and operas that make Boston the world capital of early music. This year's focus was on Claudio Monteverdi, the first great opera composer. All three of his surviving operas were given stylish productions and featured some of the best singers of early music in the world. Taken from Greek myth and ancient Roman history, the stories resonate with the lives we live today.

  • Joan of Arc, Patron Saint of France by Marion Cotilliard

    Honegger, Claudel and Alan Gilbert Join Forces

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 09th, 2015

    On June 10, 2015, Alan Gilbert will present Honegger's most famous composition, Joan or Arc at the stake. Modestly, Honegger said he only followed the inspiration of his librettist Paul Claudel. Their collaboration was inspired. Gilbert discussed the dramatic oratorio with Come de Bellescize, the stage director, and Pierre Vallet, who assisted Seiji Ozawa with his production of the oratorio.

  • Wilco Returns to Mass MoCA

    Solid Sound Festival June 26-28

    By: Wilco - Mar 04th, 2015

    The Solid Sound 2015 lineup features Tweedy (which features Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer), Mac DeMarco, Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Richard Thompson Trio, King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, Taj Mahal, Cibo Matto, Jessica Pratt, Luluc, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, The Autumn Defense, NRBQ, Stained Radiance (Nels Cline + Norton Wisdom), Glenn Kotche and Jeffrey Zeigler, and many others.

  • Carnegie is Busting Out All Over

    The Iconic Hall Has Brought Music to Every Corner of New York

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 01st, 2015

    Throughout the five boroughs of New York, Carnegie Hall has presented live music to audiences of every age nd every hue. Community colleges, town halls, libraries and churches have opened their doors to music makers. Catching up at the seaason's end we heard Julia Bullock and Renate Rohling at St. Michael's Church in Manhattan and the Whistling Wolvves in the extraorinarily inviting Weill Music Room in Carnegie's new wing.

  • The Monteverdi Trilogy at Boston Early Music Festival

    Biennial festival puts on more concerts than you could possibly attend.

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 02nd, 2015

    Since its founding in 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival has become one of the leading cultural organizations in Boston, a city not lacking in them. Its biennial festival draws performing groups and audiences from all over the globe. Its focus is on a historically informed Baroque opera - this year it is doing three! All three of Monteverdi's surviving operas in one week. What bliss.

  • Keith Lockhart Celebrates 20 Years with Pops

    With Bernadette Peters at Tanglewood July 5

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2015

    After one of the worst winters on record yet again Spring means six glorious weeks of the Boston Pops. We participated in the gala opening night launch of Keith Lockhart's 20th season. His guest was Broadway star Bernadette Peters. It provided a preview of their appearance together at Tanglewood on July 5.

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