Miles Young
Miles Young

Miles Young

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Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.
Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Opinion

Currently a Licensed Water Resources Civil Engineer in NJ, Carol has also been a political blogger in NJ since 2007, after being elected Councilwoman in 2006. .. view profile

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Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives in Florida and loves the sunshine... view profile

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Martha Rosenberg

Martha Rosenberg

Health

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Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

Arts & Culture

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Linda Moore

Business

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Deborah Asseraf

Business

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Song Woo

Life

Employment expert & award winning CEO of Silicon Valley's premier staffing firm Lighthouse Management Group - www.lighthousemg.com.. view profile

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Veronica Davis

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Bianca Silva

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Ryan Nakada

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John Christopher Fine

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Dr. Gerry

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  • “Arabella” Revived at the Met

    Photo by Marty Sohl

    Opera audiences often have to suspend their disbelief, for example, when an overweight soprano sings one of those roles where the heroine is wasting away from tuberculosis. If the singer has the glorious voice of a Sutherland or Caballe, that’s enough. However, in the current production of “Arabella” at the Metropolitan Opera, the title character …

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  • Jarmila Novotna: An Opera Singer Who Could Act

    An opera star who could act

    Jarmila Novotna (1907 -1994) was an opera star for 30 years, but she may be best known today for her non-singing roles in two Hollywood films. In the 1947 film, “The Search,” directed by Fred Zinnemann, Novotna gave a moving performance as a mother searching for her son after World War II. She also appeared …

    Read More

  • Love and Murder in Broadway Musicals

    Jessie Mueller Plays Carole King in "Beautiful" (photo by Joan Marcus)

    For sheer entertainment, nothing beats “After Midnight” (at the Brooks Atkinson Theater), a fast-paced 90 minutes evoking the Cotton Club (the Harlem nightspot during the 1920’s and 1930’s). The original club’s band was led by the young Duke Ellington and the Broadway show’s band was hand-picked by Wynton Marsalis, assuring authenticity and swing.

    There are …

    Read More

  • “Andrea Chenier:” A Rousing Italian Opera about a French Poet

    The stars of Andrea Chenier at the Met (Photo by Marty Sohl)

    Umberto Giordano’s verismo opera “Andrea Chenier” still has the power to excite audiences when the right singers are cast. While the current revival at the Metropolitan Opera scores in many respects and is easily as good as the Met’s 2007 production, it has its ups and downs.

    One of the chief assets of the opera …

    Read More

  • Rosanne Cash at Town Hall

    The singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash

    Rosanne Cash’s latest CD, “The River & the Thread” (on Blue Note Records) is a journey through the south, a mixture of geographical travels, history, different styles of roots music and reflections on relationships, mortality and religion. The only thing better than listening to the album was seeing her perform it at Town Hall with …

    Read More

  • Daniel Sutin Subs Effectively in “Wozzeck” at the Met

    An unsettling scene between mother and child in Berg's "Wozzeck"

    Alban Berg’s opera “Wozzeck” is based on Georg Buchner’s expressionistic play, which in turn was based on an actual case. In 1821, a former soldier named Woyzeck (a slightly different spelling than the opera title) stabbed to death his unfaithful mistress. His lawyer pleaded insanity but the defense was unsuccessful and he was executed. In …

    Read More

  • A World of Flute Playing: New Recordings by Amy Porter and Martha Councell-Vargas

    Flute player Amy Porter performs American music

    Amy Porter is in demand around the world as a performer and as an educator. She hails from Wilmington, Delaware and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

    Two new releases on Equlibrium show off Porter’s supreme technique as well as her versatility and scholarship.  “In Translation” is a double-CD solo set in which she …

    Read More

  • ‘The Enchanted Island’ Charms in its Met Revival

    Placido Domingo as Neptune (photo by Ken Howard)

    I explained to my friend the idea of the Metropolitan Opera’s “The
    Enchanted Island,” a pastiche baroque opera. It’s “Mama Mia,” she shot
    back, referring to the Broadway musical that takes a plot (loosely based on
    a 1969 film comedy “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell”) and shoehorns in songs by
    Abba.

    Apparently the practice of putting …

    Read More

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter Sings with the Philharmonic

    The singer-songwriter sang with the New York Philharmonic (photo by Russ Harrington)

    Alan Gilbert, the musical director of the New York Philharmonic, took two nights off and Vince Mendoza took over. The reason is that the featured artist in the concerts is singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has a new album “Songs From the Movie,” arranged and conducted by Mendoza and this is part of her tour …

    Read More

  • Jonas Kaufmann is the Ultimate Romantic Hero as Werther at the Met

    Love at first sight in Massenet's opera (photo by Ken Howard)

    Jules Massenet’s “Werther” has returned to the Metropolitan Opera in a new production directed by Richard Eyre. The opera is based Goethe’s novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” and while the lead character may suffer, the audience is fascinated by the tenor playing the title role: Jonas Kaufmann.

    Eyre makes some changes to the opera …

    Read More

  • The People’s Opera Remembered

    Domingo sings "Nemico della patria" from Andrea Chenier (Garrett Robertson)

    The New York City Opera (“NYCO”) was started on February 21, 1944 as an affordable alternative to the Metropolitan Opera. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia dubbed it “The People’s Opera” and it lived up to that description until last year when its management declared bankruptcy.  Many famous singers got their start here, including Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, …

    Read More

  • After A Century, “Prince Igor” is Back at the Met

    Prince Igor in the field of red poppies (photo by Cory Weaver)

    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) was one of the great melodists of Russian music but composing was a sideline for him. He was a renowned chemist and, while he worked on his opera “Prince Igor” over an 18-year period, it was unfinished at his death. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazounov orchestrated it and made their own deletions …

    Read More

  • Euan Morton’s Retro Sounds at The Players Club

    Euan Morton and Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators (photo by Walter McBride)

    The Scottish singer/actor Euan Morton became famous playing Boy George in the musical “Taboo” in London and on Broadway, for which he was nominated for most theater awards, including the Olivier and the Tony. He recently kicked off the Live from Gramercy Park cabaret series at The Players Club (at 16 Gramercy Park South).

    The …

    Read More

  • Ildar Abdrazakov Sings About Russia’s “Power Players”

    Bass Ildar Abdrazakov Sings Russian arias

    Ildar Abdrazakov is the man of the hour or maybe the whole month. The bass is on the cover of the February issue of Opera News. He is currently starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Prince Igor. To coincide with the opening, Delos has just released his first solo recording, “Power Players,” comprised …

    Read More

  • “Burlesque to Broadway” Heats Up the Gramercy Theater

    The redhead singer-dancer pays tribute to the stars of burlesque

    Quinn Lemley may be the hardest working woman in show business. For almost two hours, in “Burlesque to Broadway” she is on-stage continuously singing and dancing.  With four other comely showgirls and a nine-piece band, Lemley analyzes, and at the same time recreates, the history of this often misunderstood area of show business. I had …

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  • Jaroussky and Lezhneva’s Award-Winning Recording of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”

    Jarousky and Lezhneva are the soloists in a striking new recording

    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736) wrote his famous work about death as
    he approached the premature end of his own life. He is known primarily for
    comic operas, notably “La serva padrona” (The Maid as Mistress). “Stabat
    Mater,” however, is based on a sacred text written in Latin. It depicts the
    suffering of the Virgin Mary …

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  • Celebrating Verdi’s Birth With Restored CD Box set of classic Verdi broadcasts from the Met

    three of the Met stars in the collection

    “Verdi at the Met” is a new Sony Classical box set celebrating the bicentennial of Verdi’s
    birth. His work has been a fixture at the house since the first season of
    the Metropolitan Opera in 1883.

    The 20 CD set is comprised of 10 radio broadcasts from 1935 to 1967 and
    includes many of the …

    Read More

  • From Victim to Women’s Rights Activist: “Thumbprint”

    Opera about human rights activist

    “Thumbprint,” having its world premiere run as part of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE’s Prototype Opera Festival, is a powerful piece about a remarkable person.  Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani woman who was gang-raped in 2002 because her 12-year old brother was accused of seducing a girl from a neighboring tribe. Mukhtar (illiterate at the …

    Read More

  • Metropolitan Spares No Expense in ‘Die Fledermaus’

    The sumptuous set of Act 2 in the Jeremy Sams staging of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s “Die Fledermaus.”
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

     NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Opera rang in the New Year with a new production of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s popular operetta “Die Fledermaus.” Like many parties, there was plenty of fun, but the festivities went on too long. (Note: I caught the production Jan. 4.)

    Jeremy Sams wrote and is directing the new English-language lyrics and playwright …

    Read More

  • From Bossa Nova to Hard Bop

    The party atmosphere at SOB's

    Recently, we were looking for a place to have my birthday lunch. We came up with the idea of SOB’s  (Sounds of Brazil) (at 204 Varick St. at West Houston St.; 212-243-4940) for the Sunday Bossa Nova Brunch. On arrival, we found the colorful room had a party atmosphere, with balloons hanging down from the …

    Read More

  • “Arabella” Revived at the Met

    Photo by Marty Sohl

    Opera audiences often have to suspend their disbelief, for example, when an overweight soprano sings one of those roles where the heroine is wasting away from tuberculosis. If the singer has the glorious voice of a Sutherland or Caballe, that’s enough. However, in the current production of “Arabella” at the Metropolitan Opera, the title character …

    Read More

  • Jarmila Novotna: An Opera Singer Who Could Act

    An opera star who could act

    Jarmila Novotna (1907 -1994) was an opera star for 30 years, but she may be best known today for her non-singing roles in two Hollywood films. In the 1947 film, “The Search,” directed by Fred Zinnemann, Novotna gave a moving performance as a mother searching for her son after World War II. She also appeared …

    Read More

  • Love and Murder in Broadway Musicals

    Jessie Mueller Plays Carole King in "Beautiful" (photo by Joan Marcus)

    For sheer entertainment, nothing beats “After Midnight” (at the Brooks Atkinson Theater), a fast-paced 90 minutes evoking the Cotton Club (the Harlem nightspot during the 1920’s and 1930’s). The original club’s band was led by the young Duke Ellington and the Broadway show’s band was hand-picked by Wynton Marsalis, assuring authenticity and swing.

    There are …

    Read More

  • “Andrea Chenier:” A Rousing Italian Opera about a French Poet

    The stars of Andrea Chenier at the Met (Photo by Marty Sohl)

    Umberto Giordano’s verismo opera “Andrea Chenier” still has the power to excite audiences when the right singers are cast. While the current revival at the Metropolitan Opera scores in many respects and is easily as good as the Met’s 2007 production, it has its ups and downs.

    One of the chief assets of the opera …

    Read More

  • Rosanne Cash at Town Hall

    The singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash

    Rosanne Cash’s latest CD, “The River & the Thread” (on Blue Note Records) is a journey through the south, a mixture of geographical travels, history, different styles of roots music and reflections on relationships, mortality and religion. The only thing better than listening to the album was seeing her perform it at Town Hall with …

    Read More

  • Daniel Sutin Subs Effectively in “Wozzeck” at the Met

    An unsettling scene between mother and child in Berg's "Wozzeck"

    Alban Berg’s opera “Wozzeck” is based on Georg Buchner’s expressionistic play, which in turn was based on an actual case. In 1821, a former soldier named Woyzeck (a slightly different spelling than the opera title) stabbed to death his unfaithful mistress. His lawyer pleaded insanity but the defense was unsuccessful and he was executed. In …

    Read More

  • A World of Flute Playing: New Recordings by Amy Porter and Martha Councell-Vargas

    Flute player Amy Porter performs American music

    Amy Porter is in demand around the world as a performer and as an educator. She hails from Wilmington, Delaware and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

    Two new releases on Equlibrium show off Porter’s supreme technique as well as her versatility and scholarship.  “In Translation” is a double-CD solo set in which she …

    Read More

  • ‘The Enchanted Island’ Charms in its Met Revival

    Placido Domingo as Neptune (photo by Ken Howard)

    I explained to my friend the idea of the Metropolitan Opera’s “The
    Enchanted Island,” a pastiche baroque opera. It’s “Mama Mia,” she shot
    back, referring to the Broadway musical that takes a plot (loosely based on
    a 1969 film comedy “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell”) and shoehorns in songs by
    Abba.

    Apparently the practice of putting …

    Read More

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter Sings with the Philharmonic

    The singer-songwriter sang with the New York Philharmonic (photo by Russ Harrington)

    Alan Gilbert, the musical director of the New York Philharmonic, took two nights off and Vince Mendoza took over. The reason is that the featured artist in the concerts is singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has a new album “Songs From the Movie,” arranged and conducted by Mendoza and this is part of her tour …

    Read More

  • Jonas Kaufmann is the Ultimate Romantic Hero as Werther at the Met

    Love at first sight in Massenet's opera (photo by Ken Howard)

    Jules Massenet’s “Werther” has returned to the Metropolitan Opera in a new production directed by Richard Eyre. The opera is based Goethe’s novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” and while the lead character may suffer, the audience is fascinated by the tenor playing the title role: Jonas Kaufmann.

    Eyre makes some changes to the opera …

    Read More

  • The People’s Opera Remembered

    Domingo sings "Nemico della patria" from Andrea Chenier (Garrett Robertson)

    The New York City Opera (“NYCO”) was started on February 21, 1944 as an affordable alternative to the Metropolitan Opera. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia dubbed it “The People’s Opera” and it lived up to that description until last year when its management declared bankruptcy.  Many famous singers got their start here, including Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, …

    Read More

  • After A Century, “Prince Igor” is Back at the Met

    Prince Igor in the field of red poppies (photo by Cory Weaver)

    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) was one of the great melodists of Russian music but composing was a sideline for him. He was a renowned chemist and, while he worked on his opera “Prince Igor” over an 18-year period, it was unfinished at his death. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazounov orchestrated it and made their own deletions …

    Read More

  • Euan Morton’s Retro Sounds at The Players Club

    Euan Morton and Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators (photo by Walter McBride)

    The Scottish singer/actor Euan Morton became famous playing Boy George in the musical “Taboo” in London and on Broadway, for which he was nominated for most theater awards, including the Olivier and the Tony. He recently kicked off the Live from Gramercy Park cabaret series at The Players Club (at 16 Gramercy Park South).

    The …

    Read More

  • Ildar Abdrazakov Sings About Russia’s “Power Players”

    Bass Ildar Abdrazakov Sings Russian arias

    Ildar Abdrazakov is the man of the hour or maybe the whole month. The bass is on the cover of the February issue of Opera News. He is currently starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Prince Igor. To coincide with the opening, Delos has just released his first solo recording, “Power Players,” comprised …

    Read More

  • “Burlesque to Broadway” Heats Up the Gramercy Theater

    The redhead singer-dancer pays tribute to the stars of burlesque

    Quinn Lemley may be the hardest working woman in show business. For almost two hours, in “Burlesque to Broadway” she is on-stage continuously singing and dancing.  With four other comely showgirls and a nine-piece band, Lemley analyzes, and at the same time recreates, the history of this often misunderstood area of show business. I had …

    Read More

  • Celebrating Verdi’s Birth With Restored CD Box set of classic Verdi broadcasts from the Met

    three of the Met stars in the collection

    “Verdi at the Met” is a new Sony Classical box set celebrating the bicentennial of Verdi’s
    birth. His work has been a fixture at the house since the first season of
    the Metropolitan Opera in 1883.

    The 20 CD set is comprised of 10 radio broadcasts from 1935 to 1967 and
    includes many of the …

    Read More

  • From Victim to Women’s Rights Activist: “Thumbprint”

    Opera about human rights activist

    “Thumbprint,” having its world premiere run as part of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE’s Prototype Opera Festival, is a powerful piece about a remarkable person.  Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani woman who was gang-raped in 2002 because her 12-year old brother was accused of seducing a girl from a neighboring tribe. Mukhtar (illiterate at the …

    Read More

  • Metropolitan Spares No Expense in ‘Die Fledermaus’

    The sumptuous set of Act 2 in the Jeremy Sams staging of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s “Die Fledermaus.”
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

     NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Opera rang in the New Year with a new production of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s popular operetta “Die Fledermaus.” Like many parties, there was plenty of fun, but the festivities went on too long. (Note: I caught the production Jan. 4.)

    Jeremy Sams wrote and is directing the new English-language lyrics and playwright …

    Read More

  • From Bossa Nova to Hard Bop

    The party atmosphere at SOB's

    Recently, we were looking for a place to have my birthday lunch. We came up with the idea of SOB’s  (Sounds of Brazil) (at 204 Varick St. at West Houston St.; 212-243-4940) for the Sunday Bossa Nova Brunch. On arrival, we found the colorful room had a party atmosphere, with balloons hanging down from the …

    Read More

  • A New Falstaff at the Met

    Jennifer Johnson Cano, Ambrogio Maestri and Stephanie Blythe (photo by Ken Howard)

    The Metropolitan Opera came up with a sublime ending to the Verdi Bicentennial Year: a new production of the composer’s final work, “Falstaff.” I have fond memories of Franco Zeffirelli’s version, especially when the lead was played by the remarkable Giuseppe Taddei. Nevertheless, the new production by Robert Carsen is very funny and musically engaging, …

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