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BWW Reviews: Bowdoin International Music Festival Friday Shines BWW Reviews: Bowdoin International Music Festival Friday Shines
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 26, 2015

Under new artistic leadership this summer after fifty years of visionary music making from festival founder, Lewis Kaplan, the Bowdoin International Music festival continues its tradition of world-class chamber and instrumental music led now by Phillip and David Ying. The Yings, together with their ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF Symphony BWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - July 24, 2015

Singer Scott Coulter joked that those sitting in the Terrace sections had the "view to kill" at Thursday's San Francisco Symphony concert, but truly all who attended enjoyed a "killer" evening of action-packed, sensual scores and vocals.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: A Lovely Night at Blossom: Michael Feinstein Entertains and Educates BWW Reviews: A Lovely Night at Blossom: Michael Feinstein Entertains and Educates
by Roy Berko - July 21, 2015

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BWW Reviews: LA FAVORITE at Caramoor, Conducted by Crutchfield, Provides Another Indispensable Bel Canto Rarity BWW Reviews: LA FAVORITE at Caramoor, Conducted by Crutchfield, Provides Another Indispensable Bel Canto Rarity
by Richard Sasanow - July 20, 2015

At a time when we're often inundated with yet another TOSCA, BOHEME or CARMEN at major opera houses, the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY--a couple of hours north of New York City in summer traffic--manages to bring some relief, thanks to the efforts of its Music Director Will Crutchfield. On July 1... (more...)
CANDIDE at Baltimore Symphony - It Truly Was The Best of All Possible Worlds! CANDIDE at Baltimore Symphony - It Truly Was The Best of All Possible Worlds!
by Charles Shubow - June 26, 2015

Maestra Marin Alsop conducts BSO accompanied by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Enchants at Wolf Trap BWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Enchants at Wolf Trap
by Emma Kouguell - June 24, 2015

An evening with - the only - six-time Tony Award recipient Audra McDonald is more than listening to her rich, versatile voice sing both older and more recent treasures. Ms. McDonald chooses songs that have strong stories both for her and within the song itself. Her ability to capture these narrative... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DÁLAVA Intrigues at The Ironworks BWW Reviews: DÁLAVA Intrigues at The Ironworks
by Matt Hanson - June 23, 2015

Over a hundred years ago, in the land now known as Czechoslovakia, a Moravian biologist named Dr. Vladimir Úlehla walked the cemeteries and fields of Stražnice. He composed folk songs, enchanted by a world between the wings of grey doves and the hooves of the hussar's horse.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' RICHARD THE LIONHEART Astonishes with its Beauty BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' RICHARD THE LIONHEART Astonishes with its Beauty
by Steve Callahan - June 11, 2015

This review was first published by KDHX, St. Louis. Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened Handel's 'Richard the Lionheart,' and it is truly astonishing! It is, in all aspects, the most perfect production of an opera that I've ever seen. And voices? Ah, the voices are quite stunning! This is ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ALL BEETHOVEN - NJSO at New Jersey Performing Arts Center BWW Reviews: ALL BEETHOVEN - NJSO at New Jersey Performing Arts Center
by adam cohen - June 10, 2015

Beethoven's Coriolan Overture was originally written for the theatre. It was composed in 1807 for a performance, not of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, but of Heinrich von Collin's Coriolan. This is a dramatic piece of music with two themes one representing Coriolanus' resolve and war-like tendencies, whi... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Puccini's LA RONDINE is a Winner at Opera Theatre of St. Louis BWW Reviews: Puccini's LA RONDINE is a Winner at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - June 03, 2015

A rare Puccini receives a lovely production: 'La rondine' at Opera Theatre of St. Louis... (more...)
BWW Review: SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Offers an Insightful Look at the Jazz Icon's Remarkable Life BWW Review: SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Offers an Insightful Look at the Jazz Icon's Remarkable Life
by Shari Barrett - May 28, 2015

John Douglas Thompson gives a tour de force multiple-character solo performance in SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. It is easy to see why the New York Times described Thompson as one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation after ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: FRIDAY MORNING WITH THE PHIL at Avery Fisher Hall BWW Reviews: FRIDAY MORNING WITH THE PHIL at Avery Fisher Hall
by Peter Danish - May 26, 2015

The New York Philharmonic's series of 11am Friday matinee concerts is one of the real hidden gems of the New York cultural experience. True, the programming for the series is a bit less adventurous than one might wish for, but it is nonetheless laden with masterpieces.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SMALL WORLD: A FANTASIA at Penguin Repertory Theatre BWW Reviews: SMALL WORLD: A FANTASIA at Penguin Repertory Theatre
by Peter Danish - May 26, 2015

Disney and Stravinsky clash over Fantasia!... (more...)
BWW Review: 'Dinner and a Show' Philly Pops 'LEGENDS OF ROCK'  and Locust Rendezvous BWW Review: 'Dinner and a Show' Philly Pops 'LEGENDS OF ROCK' and Locust Rendezvous
by Pati Buehler - May 20, 2015

Philly Pops playing Queen, the Stones, The Who, KISS?! Are we in the right place? We sure are!... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NJ SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at NJ Pac BWW Reviews: NJ SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at NJ Pac
by adam cohen - May 19, 2015

Andre Watts is in love with the piano and the piano loves him. What other musician holds such a fascinating relationship with his instrument, offering a full bodied, playful, passionate, mesmerizing performance of Beethoven's and Grieg's Forth Piano Concertos. His playfulness almost recalls Chico Ma... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Steals Hearts in Lyrical Production at Washington National Opera BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA Steals Hearts in Lyrical Production at Washington National Opera
by Jeffrey Walker - May 11, 2015

CINDERELLA wins more than bracelets in Washington National Opera's closing opera of the season. Featuring the auspicious debut of American mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard (2013 Richard Tucker Winner), Rossini's comic and lyrical romantic opera weaves an easy spell. CINDERELLA – “La Cenerentola” – is co... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy at SF Symphony BWW Reviews: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - April 28, 2015

San Francisco Symphony continues to provide innovative, new programming for its film series. Saturday night saw a particularly different kind of film score as orchestra members used their hands, feet and voice next to their usual instruments.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at NJPAC BWW Reviews: NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at NJPAC
by adam cohen - April 27, 2015

Cancel all weekend plans and get the Count Basie Theater or NJPAC for this concert. Amazing performances.... (more...)
BWW Reviews:  Without Gypsies or Mistaken Identities, Soprano Meade Wins Four-Sided Tug of War in ERNANI at the Met BWW Reviews: Without Gypsies or Mistaken Identities, Soprano Meade Wins Four-Sided Tug of War in ERNANI at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - April 02, 2015

Nine years before IL TROVATORE took the prize for Verdi's most outlandish story line--with gypsies, stolen babies and mistaken identities--there was ERNANI, with a different kind of complicated plot to make your head spin. The Met's current revival of its 1983 production of the opera stars a formida... (more...)
BWW Reviews: GOTTA DANCE at SF Symphony BWW Reviews: GOTTA DANCE at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - March 31, 2015

San Francisco announced its new season recently, including the continuation of its film series with another John Williams favorite, ET, the reprise of Vertigo, and two Christmas classics - one a musical - Nightmare Before Christmas and It's A Wonderful Life. But Saturday night saw something more fam... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Well-Strung Thrills with POPSSICAL Encore at 54 Below BWW Reviews: Well-Strung Thrills with POPSSICAL Encore at 54 Below
by David Clarke - March 30, 2015

New York City based string quartet Well-Strung returned to 54 Below on Friday, March 27, 2015. Performing to a sold-out house, the always charming and handsome performers delighted audiences with an encore engagement of their entertaining hit show POPssical. While reprising much of what they perform... (more...)
BWW Reviews: KUBIAN, RACHMANINOFF & TCHAIKOVSKY NJSO at BergenPAC BWW Reviews: KUBIAN, RACHMANINOFF & TCHAIKOVSKY NJSO at BergenPAC
by adam cohen - March 23, 2015

Dramatic classical music.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at NJPAC BWW Reviews: NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at NJPAC
by adam cohen - March 17, 2015

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BWW Reviews: Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci Is Only HUMAINE in Poulenc Opera at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall BWW Reviews: Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci Is Only HUMAINE in Poulenc Opera at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall
by Richard Sasanow - March 10, 2015

It's an old story: Woman meets man. Woman loses man…and loses him over and over again on a party-line. Luckily, the woman is Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci and the composer of LA VOIX HUMAINE is Francis Poulenc. Together, they made for a fascinating performance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tul... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Compelling THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE at Cleveland Play House BWW Reviews: Compelling THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - March 09, 2015

It is the intent of theater to educate and entertain, and, in the case of some special offerings, enrapture. Such a piece of theater is THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE, now on stage at Cleveland Play House.... (more...)

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