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  • Love Blossoms and Fades at the Met’s Vivid “La Boheme”

    Photo courtesy of Cory Weaver

    Is romance dead? Not at the Metropolitan Opera as long as it is still presenting the Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s “La Boheme.” The Met has been phasing out some of Zeffirelli’s productions (with mixed results) but it is wise to keep this one, which has been satisfying audiences since 1981.

    The combination of Puccini …

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  • Mysticism in Music—”Dreams & Prayers” by A Far Cry

    A Far Cry's "Dreams & Prayers

    A Far Cry is a self-conducted chamber orchestra, made up mostly of graduates of the New England Conservatory. The Boston based group, founded in 2007, has started its own label, Crier Records, and has a debut release, “Dreams & Prayers.”

    The imaginative program was conceived by one of the violinists in the group, Miki-Sophia Cloud. …

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  • Jane Bunnett’s Cuban Jazz and The Cookers’ Hard Bop at the Blue Note this week

    The Canadian flute and saxophone player forms a formidable group with Cuban female jazz artists.

    The Blue Note (131 W 3rd St, NY, NY; 212-475-8592) is one of those jazz clubs where you can wander in any night and find top-notch jazz musicians. In fact, I’ve met people from around the world who do just that.

    My most recent visit was to catch the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. The group …

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  • Trumpeter Alison Balsom’s “Paris” Honors the City of Love

    The English trumpet star plays works connected to the City of Love

    Alison Balsom is about as famous as any trumpeter in classical music today. The English virtuoso has received a number of honors; she was named Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013 and has won three Classic BRIT Awards, including the Female Artist of the Year award in 2011. The fact that she has movie …

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  • A Spanish Recital by an American Beauty: Corinne Winters Sings Songs of Spain

    Corrine Winters Sings Spanish Love Songs

    Soprano Corinne Winters has been garnering acclaim in opera houses and concert halls around the world. Her debut album, “Canción amorosa—Songs of Spain” (on GPR Records), is devoted to Spanish love songs. The Spanish word “duende” is defined as “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.” It could be used to describe the …

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  • Joyce DiDonato Uncovers Bel Canto Gems

    Joyce DiDonato Shows Why She is a Great Singer of Bel Canto arias

    The title of Joyce DiDonato’s new Erato album is “Stella di Napoli” (Star of Naples). The title is appropriate since no opera star today shines more brightly than this mezzo soprano. The collection brings together arias from the early days of bel canto. Her earlier collection of bel canto arias, “Diva, Divo,” won a Grammy …

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  • Duke Ellington’s Rare Bethlehem Albums Are Available on CD

    30 Years of Duke Ellington Hits

    By the mid-1950′s, big band jazz was in decline. Duke Ellington (1899-1974) kept his group together with money from his music royalties. (During his lifetime, Ellington composed more than 3,000 songs.) He signed a deal to record two albums for the Bethlehem label in 1956. “Duke Ellington Presents” and “Historically Speaking” were the two LP’s …

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  • Christopher Tin’s Masterful Work on the Theme of Water

    The large scale choral work  describes water in all its forms

    “The Drop That Contained the Sea” is an ambitious work by Chinese-American composer Christopher Tin. It is also successful, artistically and commercially. The CD (on the composer’s own label, Tin Works) debuted as number one on Billboard Music’s traditional classical albums. Tin has won two Grammy Awards, one for his 2009 classical crossover album “Calling …

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  • Netrebko Sings Divinely as Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco

    Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo as Father and Daughter

    The life of Joan of Arc has inspired countless works (of varying quality), including plays by Schiller, Shaw, Anderson and Anouilh and films by Dreyer, Bresson, Fleming and Preminger. The play by Schiller inspired Verdi’s opera, “Giovanna D’Arco” and was one of the sources of Tchaikovsky’s opera, “The Maid of Orleans.” The Schiller play and …

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  • Remembering One of Spain’s Leading Sopranos: Pilar Lorengar

    A new set featuring the Spanish soprano singing opera and songs

    Pilar Lorengar (1928-1996) was a leading opera singer for over three decades. The one time I saw her in person was at a Promenades concert at Lincoln Center.  (For these summertime concerts at Philharmonic Hall, now known as Avery Fisher Hall, the seats were removed and replaced by small tables and chairs.) My family was …

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  • George London’s Artistry in the Opera House and in Show Tunes

    The Great American Bass-Baritone Singing Show Tunes and Wagner Arias

    Bass-baritone George London (1920 –1985) was born in Montreal to Russian Jewish immigrants. When he was 15, his family moved to Los Angeles and he attended Hollywood High School and then Los Angeles City College, where he enrolled in an opera workshop. In 1947, he toured as a member of the Bel Canto Trio with …

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  • A Rock Musical about Nuclear Fission

    A musical about the development of the A-bomb

    “Atomic” is a new off-Broadway musical about the creation of the first nuclear bomb.

    The show has a book and lyrics by Danny Ginges and Gregory Bonsignore, and music and lyrics by Philip Foxman. “Atomic” was first performed in Australia. The New York production has a new cast of top-flight performers but they fail to …

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  • To Everything There is a Season: Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger

    Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn"

    As Pete Seeger lay dying at age 94 this past January, his wish was to have friends visiting his hospital room sing folksongs to him. And he certainly would have been pleased at the concert presented by Lincoln Center as part of its Out of Doors Festival in honor of Pete and Toshi, his wife …

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  • Ocean Breeze poem for inspiration

    The breeze is so cool

    like a swirling pool

    with the warm sand

    blowing in on our island.…

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  • A Boisterous Production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Baruch

    Michael Moss and Elissa Klie as Petruchio and Kate

    Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is a difficult play to present effectively and the production presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center and TGW Acting Studio and directed by Thomas G. Waites is uneven.

    The play begins with a sort of prologue in which a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly (Joshua Walter) is tricked into …

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  • “Essential James Taylor” – Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter’s 45 Year Career

    Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter's 45 year career

    An unknown 20 year old with a history of psychiatric and drug problems arrived in London in 1968 and within days was recording his debut album for Apple Records. The label was founded that year by the Beatles and it was an artist-focused label, reflecting their tastes and those of Peter Asher (formerly a member …

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  • Love, Birds and Revolution in “The Mapmaker’s Opera”

    Joel Perez (Diego Clemente) and Madeleine Featherby (Sofia Duarte)

    The New York Musical Theatre Festival is presenting “The Mapmaker’s Opera,” an ambitious new musical based on the novel of the same name by Bea Gonzalez. Victor Kazan wrote the book and lyrics and Kevin Purcell the music. There is much to commend in the work despite its flaws.

    The action takes place in the …

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  • Sunlight

    The Poetess 

    The sun is pouring rays of love

    with every shining peace and whisper

    on every leaf glows a prayer

    on every gentle flower a word

    with every fish swims the sound

    every hour baskets of change

    our life flowing into miracles.…

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  • The Portrait of Beauty poem

     

     

    The smile sends a friend

    Into a peaceful descend

    In the flowers gentle colors

    Opens the scent of God’s door

    To our heaven’s floor

    Within faiths beauty

    Is the portrait to summers dynasty.

     …

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  • Tea and Honey

    The tea of summer

    Grows the finest measure

    Planting a masterpiece to joyful days

    Natural ways

    Warmness to inspire

    Dressed in healthy attire

    The honey of summer

    Brings roses of the purest

    Fresh flowers

    Twinkling showers

    Heavens embrace

    A Velvet  lace

    Vibrant towers 

    Of the highest power.

     By: JoyAnne O’Donnell…

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  • Love Blossoms and Fades at the Met’s Vivid “La Boheme”

    Photo courtesy of Cory Weaver

    Is romance dead? Not at the Metropolitan Opera as long as it is still presenting the Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s “La Boheme.” The Met has been phasing out some of Zeffirelli’s productions (with mixed results) but it is wise to keep this one, which has been satisfying audiences since 1981.

    The combination of Puccini …

    Read More

  • Mysticism in Music—”Dreams & Prayers” by A Far Cry

    A Far Cry's "Dreams & Prayers

    A Far Cry is a self-conducted chamber orchestra, made up mostly of graduates of the New England Conservatory. The Boston based group, founded in 2007, has started its own label, Crier Records, and has a debut release, “Dreams & Prayers.”

    The imaginative program was conceived by one of the violinists in the group, Miki-Sophia Cloud. …

    Read More

  • Jane Bunnett’s Cuban Jazz and The Cookers’ Hard Bop at the Blue Note this week

    The Canadian flute and saxophone player forms a formidable group with Cuban female jazz artists.

    The Blue Note (131 W 3rd St, NY, NY; 212-475-8592) is one of those jazz clubs where you can wander in any night and find top-notch jazz musicians. In fact, I’ve met people from around the world who do just that.

    My most recent visit was to catch the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. The group …

    Read More

  • Trumpeter Alison Balsom’s “Paris” Honors the City of Love

    The English trumpet star plays works connected to the City of Love

    Alison Balsom is about as famous as any trumpeter in classical music today. The English virtuoso has received a number of honors; she was named Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013 and has won three Classic BRIT Awards, including the Female Artist of the Year award in 2011. The fact that she has movie …

    Read More

  • A Spanish Recital by an American Beauty: Corinne Winters Sings Songs of Spain

    Corrine Winters Sings Spanish Love Songs

    Soprano Corinne Winters has been garnering acclaim in opera houses and concert halls around the world. Her debut album, “Canción amorosa—Songs of Spain” (on GPR Records), is devoted to Spanish love songs. The Spanish word “duende” is defined as “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.” It could be used to describe the …

    Read More

  • A Rock Musical about Nuclear Fission

    A musical about the development of the A-bomb

    “Atomic” is a new off-Broadway musical about the creation of the first nuclear bomb.

    The show has a book and lyrics by Danny Ginges and Gregory Bonsignore, and music and lyrics by Philip Foxman. “Atomic” was first performed in Australia. The New York production has a new cast of top-flight performers but they fail to …

    Read More

  • To Everything There is a Season: Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger

    Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn"

    As Pete Seeger lay dying at age 94 this past January, his wish was to have friends visiting his hospital room sing folksongs to him. And he certainly would have been pleased at the concert presented by Lincoln Center as part of its Out of Doors Festival in honor of Pete and Toshi, his wife …

    Read More

  • A Boisterous Production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Baruch

    Michael Moss and Elissa Klie as Petruchio and Kate

    Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is a difficult play to present effectively and the production presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center and TGW Acting Studio and directed by Thomas G. Waites is uneven.

    The play begins with a sort of prologue in which a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly (Joshua Walter) is tricked into …

    Read More

  • “Essential James Taylor” – Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter’s 45 Year Career

    Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter's 45 year career

    An unknown 20 year old with a history of psychiatric and drug problems arrived in London in 1968 and within days was recording his debut album for Apple Records. The label was founded that year by the Beatles and it was an artist-focused label, reflecting their tastes and those of Peter Asher (formerly a member …

    Read More

  • Love, Birds and Revolution in “The Mapmaker’s Opera”

    Joel Perez (Diego Clemente) and Madeleine Featherby (Sofia Duarte)

    The New York Musical Theatre Festival is presenting “The Mapmaker’s Opera,” an ambitious new musical based on the novel of the same name by Bea Gonzalez. Victor Kazan wrote the book and lyrics and Kevin Purcell the music. There is much to commend in the work despite its flaws.

    The action takes place in the …

    Read More

  • Savion Glover’s “OM” Seeks Transcendence Through Tap Dance

    OM (Savion Glover and Company)

    Savion Glover’s dance work, “OM,” begins with a recording of Kenny Garrett’s “Calling,” a jazz piece in the spiritual style of John Coltrane. Then, the stage is filled with votive candles, religious artifacts (a crucifix, a statue of Buddha, and a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi) and the images of famous African-American dancers (Michael Jackson, Gregory …

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  • Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks:” A Lonely Sailor Finds Romance at Irish Rep

    photo by Carol Rosegg

    If you’re seeking an evening of charm and romance, head to the Irish Repertory Theater where Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks” has been enchanting audiences.

    This two character play starts an epistolary work, letters back and forth between a man and woman. Colm Primrose (Patrick Fitzgerald) is a fisherman in a remote island in the west …

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  • Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in all its Majesty

    A legendary performance with Gobbi, Vickers and Christoff

    The 1958 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at Covent Garden is legendary for its combination of remarkable talents, notably the conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, the director of Luchino Visconti, and three of the greatest singing actors of the last century: Jon Vickers, Tito Gobbi and Boris Christoff. Unfortunately, there is no video available but …

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  • Alternative Lifestyles on the Boards

    Photo by Joan Marcus

    I recently had a conversation with two of my colleagues at work. The man was telling about his plan to fly to California with his husband and one-year old child. The woman recounted her experiences traveling with infants. That conversation could not have happened a decade ago and, just as President Obama evolved on the …

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  • Glyndebourne’s “Don Pasquale” with Danielle de Niese

    Alessandro Corbelli and Danielle de Niese prove there's no fool like an old fool

    Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” is one of the comic gems of Italian opera. The work premiered in 1843, five years before the prolific composer’s death.  Opus Arte has just released a DVD of the winning 2013 Glyndebourne Festival production.  The main attraction is the star turn by the captivating Danielle de Niese, but other pleasures …

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  • “Rugantino” is Still Enjoyable After All These Years

    photo by Pino Le Pera

    The Italian musical comedy “Rugantino” last played in New York for three weeks in 1964. For the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production, a revival returned to City Center (131 West 55th Street) for three performances (June 12, 13 and 14).

    With a large cast, an impressive revolving set, singing and dancing and a lot …

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  • Zdenek Otava: The Great Czech Baritone

    Recordings by the great Czech baritone

    “Zdenek Otava: Baritone” is a 2-CD/1-DVD set (on ArcoDiva) of a superb singer, who is unknown in the United States. Otava (1902–1980) was a star in his native Czechoslovakia for half a century, but his name doesn’t even appear in any of my reference books on classical music or opera. Perhaps politics had something to …

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  • Race Still Matters, On Stage and in American Life

    Louis Armstrong recalls his life and times in Terry Teachout's play

    There seems to be a new type of play: a show that depicts a show business legend at the end of his or her career, which is also the end of their lives. First, there was “End of the Rainbow” about Judy Garland. This season there have been two about Billie Holiday. First was “Lady …

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  • “Love Duets” from Opera’s Hottest New Couple: Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello

    Husband and Wife Rising Opera Stars Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez Release an album of love duets

    The new album, “Love Duets” (on Warner Classics) is not one of those combinations put together by a record company. The two American singers, soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, are in fact married. They are both winners of the Richard Tucker Award (Pérez 2012, Costello 2009) and their acting and good looks receive …

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  • Christopher Rouse’s Requiem Has New York Premiere

    Photo by Chris Lee

    The inaugural concert of this season’s Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall started with the New York Philharmonic and added forces playing the local premiere of composer-in-residence Christopher Rouse’s Requiem. The massive piece, written about a dozen years ago, requires a symphony orchestra, baritone soloist and two choirs. With the energetic Alan Gilbert conducting …

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