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BWW Reviews: NY Philharmonic Flexes Its Operatic Muscles with Verdi REQUIEM BWW Reviews: NY Philharmonic Flexes Its Operatic Muscles with Verdi REQUIEM
by Richard Sasanow - January 28, 2015

With all its money problems, why hasn't the Met thought about doing some lesser known works in concert? Or, for that matter, marshalled some of its glamorous resources to put on the Verdi REQUIEM? For the time being, we have to be grateful for the New York Philharmonic and its Music Director Alan Gi... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DOCTOR WHO SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR Was Almost as Good as a Ride in the TARDIS BWW Reviews: DOCTOR WHO SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR Was Almost as Good as a Ride in the TARDIS
by Barry Lenny - January 27, 2015

This was an evening that delighted every Whovian in the vast audience.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Midcoast Symphony Presents American Program BWW Reviews: Midcoast Symphony Presents American Program
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - January 27, 2015

Maine's Midcoast Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rohan Smith presented a program of American composers, which included the rarely heard Symphony in E Minor by Amy Beach and music from George Chadwick's Symphonic Sketches, together with Ferde Grofe's well-known Grand Canyon Suite at Topsham... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PENNY Finds Voice at Washington National Opera Premiere BWW Reviews: PENNY Finds Voice at Washington National Opera Premiere
by Jeffrey Walker - January 27, 2015

The idea of finding your voice is a two way street in the world premiere one-hour opera PENNY. Composer Douglas Pew and librettist Dara Weinberg have created a succinct, lyrical piece in which their title character discovers her talent for music and is able to communicate and take charge of her life... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE Brings Magic to Columbus Stage BWW Reviews: CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE Brings Magic to Columbus Stage
by Amanda Etchison - January 26, 2015

The Ohio Theatre's gilded halls were transformed into a dazzling display of majesty and mystery in Columbus Symphony's performance of 'Cirque de la Symphonie' on Saturday, Jan. 24.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie Hall BWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - December 20, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Handel's MESSIAH: That would be Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN, transformed from the film by Eric Idle (the jokes) and John Du Prez (the music) into NOT THE MESSIAH (HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY). This comic oratorio resulted in a very jolly evening, which The Collegiat... (more...)
BWW Reviews: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Opens 'The Christmas Attic' at Consol Energy Center BWW Reviews: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Opens 'The Christmas Attic' at Consol Energy Center
by Greg Kerestan - December 17, 2014

The legendary hard rock Christmas spectacular brings two shows for the price of one, plus lasers, dragons and real fake snow.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DOHNANYI DOES DVORAK at Avery Fisher Hall BWW Reviews: DOHNANYI DOES DVORAK at Avery Fisher Hall
by Peter Danish - December 17, 2014

The only thing missing from the opening week of the New York Philharmonic's 'Dohnanyi/Dvorak' festival was Dohnanyi. The legendary conductor was laid out by a bad case of the flu, causing him to miss the first performance of the series. 32 year old Krzysztof Urbanski, the music director of the India... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Heigh Ho, Silver. GUGLIELMO TELL Rides into Carnegie Hall from Turin with Soprano Meade under Noseda BWW Reviews: Heigh Ho, Silver. GUGLIELMO TELL Rides into Carnegie Hall from Turin with Soprano Meade under Noseda
by Richard Sasanow - December 10, 2014

As 'king of the overture,' Rossini certainly knew how to put an audience in a good mood and his GUGLIELMO TELL--better known as WILLIAM TELL--is no exception. With an elaborate introduction that most Americans over a certain age know from “The Lone Ranger” serials and other themes used in decades of... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NEW WORLD SYMPHONY Caps a Program of Virtuoso Performances BWW Reviews: NEW WORLD SYMPHONY Caps a Program of Virtuoso Performances
by Herbert Paine - December 02, 2014

JoAnn Falletta guest conducts the Phoenix Symphony with authority, conviction, and intensity. Dvo?ak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From the New World., is in the best of hands. Chloe Hanslip delivers a virtuoso performance of Prokofiev's Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op.... (more...)
BWW Reviews:NSO POPS: AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER at The Kennedy Center BWW Reviews:NSO POPS: AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER at The Kennedy Center
by Ellen Burns - December 01, 2014

Friday's NSO Pops Evening with Sutton Foster brought a bounty of talent to the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall stage, and, wisely, paired it with a program that spanned styles, mediums, and musical genres. Some of the most appealing moments were brought to us care of the charming personalities of Sut... (more...)
BWW Reviews: TROUT EN FIN! Presented Youthful Works By Great Composers BWW Reviews: TROUT EN FIN! Presented Youthful Works By Great Composers
by Barry Lenny - November 24, 2014

There is something about certain pieces of music that attract nicknames. Two of these three works have names attached.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: RELATIVITY Explores Works By Pairs Of Composers Who Are Related In Some Way BWW Reviews: RELATIVITY Explores Works By Pairs Of Composers Who Are Related In Some Way
by Barry Lenny - November 24, 2014

The change of program necessitated by the new line up was still an impressive evening.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: TEATRO GRATTACIELO CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Skirball Center For Performing Arts BWW Reviews: TEATRO GRATTACIELO CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Skirball Center For Performing Arts
by Peter Danish - November 20, 2014

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BWW Reviews: BSO Takes Strathmore on a Journey Through Russia BWW Reviews: BSO Takes Strathmore on a Journey Through Russia
by Itai Yasur - November 19, 2014

From Tchaikovsky to Rachmaninoff to Shostakovich, the BSO treated the Music Center at Strathmore to a musical journey that bridged romantic and contemporary Russian music.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Arizona Opera's RIGOLETTO Is Grand and Gripping BWW Reviews: Arizona Opera's RIGOLETTO Is Grand and Gripping
by Herbert Paine - November 18, 2014

Arizona Opera's production of Rigoletto, directed by Fenlon Lamb, is a noble and well-constructed effort in portraying the ironic misjudgments of its main characters. It is gifted with notable performances by Peter Volpe as Sparafucile, the assassin; Joseph Barron as Count Monterone; Beth Lytwynec a... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Playful Piano & Puppetry in Debussy's 'La Boîte à Joujoux' at Castleton BWW Reviews: Playful Piano & Puppetry in Debussy's 'La Boîte à Joujoux' at Castleton
by Andrew White - November 13, 2014

The Castleton Festival, a longtime fixture on the classical music scene located a comfortable hour and a half from Washington, DC, recently celebrated Debussy's playful side with a full performance of his piece for piano, La Boite a Joujoux ('The Toy Box'). Pianist Orion Weiss, working with Directo... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Winter Opera St. Louis Opens a Brilliant 'Le Nozze di Figaro' BWW Reviews: Winter Opera St. Louis Opens a Brilliant 'Le Nozze di Figaro'
by Steve Callahan - November 12, 2014

Winter Opera kicks off its eighth season with a simply heavenly production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro'. It's the perfect thing for one's first introduction to opera, or for turning a tentative love of opera into a deep and true commitment.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DiDonato Trades Pyrotechnics for Mood on A JOURNEY THROUGH VENICE at Carnegie Hall BWW Reviews: DiDonato Trades Pyrotechnics for Mood on A JOURNEY THROUGH VENICE at Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - November 10, 2014

With a pair of soulful arias by Vivaldi, mezzo Joyce DiDonato and her pianist David Zobel let the audience know right away that they were in for a different part of her artistry than we heard at her concert performance of Handel's ALCINA (also at Carnegie) a week earlier. With an emphasis on thought... (more...)
BWW Reviews: New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT BWW Reviews: New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT
by Stephen Raskauskas - November 07, 2014

All aboard! The Cotton Blossom has docked at Lincoln Center for this week only. Wednesday night, the New York Philharmonic opened its semi-staged production of Show Boat. Featuring a star-studded cast, the Philharmonic's short run of this American masterpiece is not to be missed.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Britten's RIVER of No Return at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival BWW Reviews: Britten's RIVER of No Return at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival
by Richard Sasanow - November 06, 2014

“Ideas of darkness and light, obscurity and illumination” are at the heart of the Benjamin Britten-William Plomer CURLEW RIVER. Called “a parable for church performance,” it was performed in New York at the Synod of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festiv... (more...)
BWW Reviews: New Jersey Symphony Performs STRAVINSKY and RIMSKY-KORSAKOV at Bergen PAC BWW Reviews: New Jersey Symphony Performs STRAVINSKY and RIMSKY-KORSAKOV at Bergen PAC
by Peter Danish - November 04, 2014

Petrouchka is an often performed piece that can sometimes feel tired and perfunctory. Along with The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky's other two big ballets from the same period (all of which remarkably flowed from the composer's pen within five years), Petrouchka requires a deft hand at... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MOZART's THE MAGIC FLUTE: IMPEMPE YOMLINGO at the New Victory Theater supplies charm and creativity but lacks true resonance BWW Reviews: MOZART's THE MAGIC FLUTE: IMPEMPE YOMLINGO at the New Victory Theater supplies charm and creativity but lacks true resonance
by Rachel Weinberg - November 04, 2014

The South African Isango Ensemble's production of 'The Magic Flute: Impepe Yomlingo,' strips away some of the glossy sheen of Mozart's master work, leaving a show that is more down to earth and yet still revels in the joy of the composer's music. Under Mark Dunford May's direction, this 'Magic Flute... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Sorcery from DiDonato and English Concert at Carnegie Hall in Handel's ALCINA BWW Reviews: Sorcery from DiDonato and English Concert at Carnegie Hall in Handel's ALCINA
by Richard Sasanow - October 31, 2014

The great mezzo Joyce DiDonato stripped for her art at Sunday's wonderful performance of Handel's ALCINA with the English Concert under conductor Harry Bicket. For the first act, when she was still at the height of her powers as a sorceress, she came out in a gorgeous black and gray gown with the pu... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Well-Strung's POPSSICAL is Astoundingly Vibrant BWW Reviews: Well-Strung's POPSSICAL is Astoundingly Vibrant
by David Clarke - October 29, 2014

Well-Strung is impressing audiences with their brilliant mash-ups of classical hits and modern pop standards. Touring their latest show POPSSICAL, Well-Strung visited New York City's 54 BELOW last night and left the assembled audience both awestruck and invigorated. Their pulled from the pages of a ... (more...)

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