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BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Brandenburg Choir's Staged Concert Of HANDEL'S MESSIAH Is A Feast For The Senses BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Brandenburg Choir's Staged Concert Of HANDEL'S MESSIAH Is A Feast For The Senses
by Jade Kops - February 24, 2017

HANDEL'S MESSIAH, one of the most iconic Baroque works is finally given the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's exquisitely emotive and expressive treatment under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Paul Dyer.... (more...)
BWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist Barnatan BWW Review: How to Do Beethoven and Mahler, Compliments of NY Philharmonic under Honeck and Soloist Barnatan
by Richard Sasanow - February 20, 2017

Audiences at the New York Philharmonic have been known to come for the soloists and then slip out for the symphony. There didn't seem to be a lot of that at last Thursday's performance led by maestro Manfred Honeck, which began with a wonderful Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 in C Major from Inon Barnat... (more...)
BWW Review: SONS OF SERENDIP at Wausau's Grand Theater BWW Review: SONS OF SERENDIP at Wausau's Grand Theater
by Meredith Kreisa - February 20, 2017

Musical group SONS OF SERENDIP performed at Wausau's Grand Theater on February 17. As fate would have it, they gave an engaging and skilled performance.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH JOSHUA BELL AND THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH JOSHUA BELL AND THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
by Elliot Lanes - February 15, 2017

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BWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon Theatre BWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - February 13, 2017

Pulling double duty as both playwright and star, Dan Castellaneta portrays Oscar Levant in his latest new work, FOR PIANO AND HARPO. Levant was a concert pianist, and contemporary of George Gershwin, whose genius gave him entree into the glittering worlds of classical music, Broadway, and Hollywood ... (more...)
BWW Review: Taking an ELIXIR OF LOVE with Orlando Philharmonic BWW Review: Taking an ELIXIR OF LOVE with Orlando Philharmonic
by Kimberly Moy - February 06, 2017

Just in time for the dreaded Valentine's Day is Orlando Philharmonic's Opera program ELIXIR OF LOVE. This was my first trip to see Orlando Philharmonic and Opera Orlando. I was not disappointed and glad I found this local gem.... (more...)
BWW Review: Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin Perform Bruckner's 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall BWW Review: Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin Perform Bruckner's 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall
by Peter Danish - February 02, 2017

Majesty and Terror: Barenboim conducts Bruckner 9th... (more...)
BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis--
Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins! BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis-- Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins!
by Steve Callahan - January 30, 2017

Rossini's 'La Cenerentola': Winter Opera's fine production of this beloved Cinderella work makes a beautiful anniversary gift.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jim Owen of CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR at Kimmel Center BWW Interview: Jim Owen of CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR at Kimmel Center
by Pati Buehler - January 27, 2017

Philly celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album" with a special concert performance on Feb. 3, 4, 5.... (more...)
BWW Review: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA with the National Symphony Orchestra BWW Review: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA with the National Symphony Orchestra
by Elliot Lanes - January 24, 2017

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BWW Review: BUTTERFLY LADIES BAND – CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT 2017 at Dunstan Playhouse BWW Review: BUTTERFLY LADIES BAND – CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT 2017 at Dunstan Playhouse
by Barry Lenny - January 23, 2017

It was a privilege to hear such venerable instruments played so extremely well.... (more...)
BWW Review: Two Nights in Seville, Part 1 - with BARBIERE at the Met BWW Review: Two Nights in Seville, Part 1 - with BARBIERE at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - January 23, 2017

It didn't strike me until the lights were going down for the start of CARMEN last Thursday that this was the second night in a row that Met audiences were being transported to the same town in sunny Spain. Truth be told, “sunny” is hardly an adjective I'd hardly use to describe Bizet's tragedy in th... (more...)
BWW Review: I Spy Prototype Festival's Chamber Opera, MATA HARI BWW Review: I Spy Prototype Festival's Chamber Opera, MATA HARI
by Richard Sasanow - January 16, 2017

The life and times of the spy-as-femme-fatale, Mata Hari, has always attracted the interest of film and stage artists. Now we have the Matt Marks-Paul Peers opera MATA HARI—which opened New York's fifth Prototype Festival last week and continues through Saturday the 14th—though I think of it as more... (more...)
BWW Review: Antonio Hart Dazzles Israel at Hot Jazz Series BWW Review: Antonio Hart Dazzles Israel at Hot Jazz Series
by Ronit Suzan - January 09, 2017

In this month's 'Hot Jazz' series' jazz concert, 'Cannonball Adderley's Gold Saxophone', saxophonist Antonio Hart brought his alto saxophone to the Haifa stage for a final show after a week of touring the country with a most talented group of both American and local musicians.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHRISTIAN GERHAHER MAHLER RECITAL at Alice Tully Hall BWW Review: CHRISTIAN GERHAHER MAHLER RECITAL at Alice Tully Hall
by Peter Danish - December 21, 2016

Christian Gerhaher Triumphs in all-Mahler recital at Tully Hall.... (more...)
BWW Review: Joyce DiDonato Brings WAR & PEACE, Baroque-Style, to Carnegie Hall BWW Review: Joyce DiDonato Brings WAR & PEACE, Baroque-Style, to Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - December 21, 2016

At IN WAR & PEACE, HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC, her Carnegie Hall concert the other night with the Baroque ensemble, Il Pomo d'Oro, mezzo Joyce DiDonato was in fine voice, if not in high spirits—and who could blame her? The state of the world is about as bad as it has been for a long time, with death and ... (more...)
BWW Review: Stunning Phillips in Saariaho's Mesmerizing L'AMOUR DE LOIN at the Met BWW Review: Stunning Phillips in Saariaho's Mesmerizing L'AMOUR DE LOIN at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - December 19, 2016

On paper, it might seem that Kaija Saariaho's L'AMOUR DE LOIN (LOVE FROM AFAR), libretto by Amin Maalouf, couldn't possibly fill a stage the size of the Met's: three characters and a chorus that bobs in and out of the action. Yet, in action, this breathtaking, shimmering piece not only seems at home... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Gets Into A Reflective Festive Mood With Their Annual NOËL NOËL Concert BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Gets Into A Reflective Festive Mood With Their Annual NOËL NOËL Concert
by Jade Kops - December 17, 2016

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's Artistic Director Paul Dyer delivers another beautiful Christmas concert with 2016's NOËL NOËL.... (more...)
BWW Review: EMERSON STRING QUARTET Rocks Halton Theater Again BWW Review: EMERSON STRING QUARTET Rocks Halton Theater Again
by Perry Tannenbaum - December 16, 2016

Now celebrating their 40th anniversary season, the Emerson String Quartet was already a marquee attraction when I first encountered them in live concert during the summer of 2002 at the Aspen Music Festival. That was about the time when members of the quartet, except for the cellist sitting on a ris... (more...)
BWW Review: Racette Strips to Essentials as Opera's Ultimate Mean Girl, SALOME, at the Met BWW Review: Racette Strips to Essentials as Opera's Ultimate Mean Girl, SALOME, at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - December 13, 2016

Despite some fine singing from soprano Patricia Racette (who also went the Full Monty in the title role), the Met's revival of Richard Strauss's SALOME was a little tame--something that it should never be.... (more...)
BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara's Versatility Shines In OKC Philharmonic's THE CHRISTMAS SHOW BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara's Versatility Shines In OKC Philharmonic's THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
by Ronn Burton - December 12, 2016

An annual holiday tradition, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's CHRISTMAS SHOW is beloved by many in the Oklahoma City metro area. This year's guest artist, Kelli O'Hara, takes the show to new heights-her voice enveloping the audience like a warm blanket by the fireplace on Christmas Eve.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Presents A Staged Concert Version of The Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS BWW REVIEW: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Presents A Staged Concert Version of The Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS
by Jade Kops - December 04, 2016

The rarely performed 1930's American Opera, PORGY AND BESS is given a Staged Concert treatment by Director Mitchell Butel with the support of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.... (more...)
BWW CD Review: David Lanz's Lovely NORWEGIAN RAIN BWW CD Review: David Lanz's Lovely NORWEGIAN RAIN
by Chris Gibson - November 21, 2016

The incredibly accomplished pianist David Lanz continues to deliver imaginative and creative works, and they've come at time in his life when he seems positively re-energized; making vital, emotional, and personal compositions with Kristin Amarie Lanz that are simply a pleasure to listen to. NORWEGI... (more...)
BWW Review: GET ON UP JAMES BROWN CELEBRATION at NJPAC BWW Review: GET ON UP JAMES BROWN CELEBRATION at NJPAC
by Adam Cohen - November 21, 2016

A winning powerful tribute to James Brown from those who sang and played with him.... (more...)
BWW Review: Renee Fleming Glows in the Desert Sun of Kevin Puts' LETTERS FROM GEORGIA BWW Review: Renee Fleming Glows in the Desert Sun of Kevin Puts' LETTERS FROM GEORGIA
by Richard Sasanow - November 17, 2016

Georgia O'Keeffe dressed in monk-like clothes and probably wouldn't have worn lipstick on a dare--hardly the image you'd associate with glamorous soprano Renee Fleming. But when Fleming opened her mouth and began to sing the first of the five songs in Kevin Puts' song cycle, LETTERS FROM GEORGIA, at... (more...)