Performing Arts

Polyphonic Music: Classics Worth Treasuring

Canticum Scholare, singers of early music. (Courtesy of Tom Solon)
Canticum Scholare, singers of early music. (Courtesy of Tom Solon)

For tenor Tom Jim Solon, who co-founded New York-based Canticum Scholare, early music is a miracle in many ways. The very fact that Medieval, Renaissance,...

  • (L–R) Gil Faizon (Nick Kroll) and George St. Geegland (John Mulaney) in “Oh, Hello on Broadway.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Oh, Hello on Broadway’

    NEW YORK—Perhaps the best way to describe Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland—the two characters likely more famous than actors Nick Kroll and John Mulaney... Read more

  • Businessman Lopakhin (Harold Perrineau), representing new wealth, and Madame Ranevskaya (Diane Lane), the old, in “The Cherry Orchard.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘The Cherry Orchard’

    NEW YORK—In presenting the woes of one family, the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov has presented a microcosm of Russia just after the turn of the... Read more

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    Jazz Greats Young and Old

    Classical music has produced a number of child prodigies, but they are rare in jazz. Pianist Joey Alexander is one of the few who come... Read more

  • (L–R) Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Jimonn Cole) will tell the truth at any cost, at a town meeting, in “Public Enemy.” Behind him, the cast (L–R) Guisseppe Jones, John Keating, Alex Purcell, Robbie Tann, and 
Dominic Cuskern. (Russ Rowland)

    Theater Review: Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Public Enemy’

    NEW YORK—Playwright David Harrower’s terse version of Henrik Ibsen’s classic “Enemy of the People” moves swiftly through its tale of morals and politics. Each character... Read more

  • Conceived, directed, and performed by Simon McBurney, "The Encounter” traces the real-life tale of Loren McIntyre, who tries to survive with the Amazonian people, the Mayoruna. (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘The Encounter’

    NEW YORK—The planes of fantasy, reality, and make-believe are beautifully brought together in the absolutely brilliant production by Complicite of “The Encounter,” a one-man show... Read more


    ‘Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan’ Depicts Ballet, Love, and Loss

    NEW YORK—Wendy Whelan, one of America’s most celebrated ballerinas, the definitive contemporary ballerina, the last of a generation, who had joined the New York City Ballet just as... Read more

  • Tenor Russell Thomas (Dario Acosta)

    Opera for the Masses

    TORONTO—Few people would have expected Russell Thomas to become a leading man in opera. Nobody in his family listens to opera, and even now that... Read more

  • Sept 6–Oct 9, 2016 ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU by Neil LaBute directed by Leigh Silverman with Judith Light

    Theater Review: ‘All the Ways to Say I Love You’

    NEW YORK—Kudos to actress Judith Light and director Leigh Silverman for making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with Neil LaBute’s one-person drama,... Read more

  • Dwayne Croft as Haly and Ildar Abdrazakov as Mustafà in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri. Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

    Rossini’s Comic ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’ at the Metropolitan Opera

    NEW YORK—The Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production of Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” (“The Italian Girl in Algiers”) has been a crowd pleaser at the Metropolitan Opera since... Read more

  • Actor Nathan Carroll, centre, along with other actors, act a scene during the rehearsal for the musical Marathon of Hope in Waterloo, Ont. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Carroll will be playing Terry Fox in the musical. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

    ‘Marathon of Hope: The Musical’ a ‘New Telling’ of Terry Fox Story

    WATERLOO, Ont.—In the three decades since Terry Fox’s death, the amputee athlete’s legacy has endured through the fundraising run bearing his name and a steady... Read more

  • Dmitri Levkovich performs  during the finals for NTD's 2016 International Piano Competition in New York on Oct. 2, 2016. (Larry Dye for NTD Television)

    Finalists at NTD Piano Competition Bring World-Class Skill to Online Audiences

    NEW YORK—Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users tuned into live video feeds to see accomplished pianists taking part in a three-day competition held at Baruch... Read more

  • (L–R) Wreck (Jordan Brown ), Helen (Kristin Villanueva ), Ruth (Bri Sudia ) and Eileen (Lauren Molina) in “Wonderful Town,” directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman. (Liz Lauren)

    Theater Review: ‘Wonderful Town’

    CHICAGO—Hope and naivety arrive in New York City in the early ’50s.   How refreshing to be reminded of what New York’s Greenwich Village represented... Read more

  • Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme in the title roles of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.

    Love and Death at the Met

    NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Opera opened its fall season with a new production of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.” With about four hours of music, the... Read more

  • David Pearl, working his magic on stage. An opera singer and corporate creativity 
maestro, David bridges the gap between the arts and 
business in surprisingly creative ways. (David Pearl)

    Business, Art, and Those Wonderful Ordinary Moments

    LONDON, U.K.—A dreary November day stuck in a London bus. The stench of passengers, noisy children, barking dogs. The mood is dull. I don’t want... Read more

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    CD Review: ‘Shakespeare Songs’

    Everybody knows William Shakespeare (1564–1616) the playwright, but how about Shakespeare the lyricist? Actually, the Bard of Avon penned song lyrics for a number of... Read more

  • Paul Jacobs playing the great Mander organ at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.  (Courtesy of Paul Jacobs)

    Organist Paul Jacobs: The Classics Give Purpose to Humanity’s Suffering

    Paul Jacobs, the only organist to ever win a Grammy, believes that the classics transform humanity’s inevitable pain and give it meaning. It is the... Read more

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