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BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It
by Steve Callahan - August 23, 2016

Christine Brewer stars in 'DOUBT' at Union Avenue Opera.... (more...)
BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: GRIGORYAN MUTHSPIEL SCHAUPP WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET Closed A Fabulous Festival In Style BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: GRIGORYAN MUTHSPIEL SCHAUPP WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET Closed A Fabulous Festival In Style
by Barry Lenny - August 21, 2016

Great credit is given to the Artistic Director, Slava Grigoryan, for making this a world class event.... (more...)
BWW Review: MEMORIES OF SPAIN Brought A Hint Of Andalusian Summer To Adelaide's Winter BWW Review: MEMORIES OF SPAIN Brought A Hint Of Andalusian Summer To Adelaide's Winter
by Barry Lenny - August 18, 2016

I defy anybody to listen to the music of Spain without experiencing a noticeable lifting of their spirits.... (more...)
BWW Review: Culture Matters! Silk Road Ensemble Enthralls Capacity Crowd at Blossom BWW Review: Culture Matters! Silk Road Ensemble Enthralls Capacity Crowd at Blossom
by Roy Berko - August 15, 2016

It was a soggy night at Blossom, but neither the rain nor the humidity dampened the enthusiasm of the crowd that filled the pavilion and covered much of the lawn for the Saturday, August 13 evening concert of the Silk Road Ensemble.... (more...)
BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: RICARDO GALLEN AND BOGDAN MIHAILESCU Opened The Festival Superbly BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: RICARDO GALLEN AND BOGDAN MIHAILESCU Opened The Festival Superbly
by Barry Lenny - August 15, 2016

This was a marvellous start to the 2016 Festival.... (more...)
BWW CD Review: Seattle Symphony, Morlot, Pay Homage to Henri Dutilleux BWW CD Review: Seattle Symphony, Morlot, Pay Homage to Henri Dutilleux
by Erica Miner - August 11, 2016

Not many conductors have the privilege to be mentored by a living composer. Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot counts himself a part of that echelon... (more...)
BWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at Caramoor BWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at Caramoor
by Richard Sasanow - August 04, 2016

South African soprano Elza van den Heever has long had a 'date' with Beethoven's Leonore, in his only completed opera FIDELIO. It wasn't exactly a blind date—she has known for years that, eventually, she would take it on, she told me—but it was a roaring success in her role debut, at the Venetian T... (more...)
BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA
by Steve Callahan - August 02, 2016

The Union Avenue Opera just keeps presenting wonders! Their current production, Puccini's 'Tosca', is among the very best of their best-musically, vocally and in production values.... (more...)
BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More
by Christina Mancuso - July 27, 2016

The 11th annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY just wrapped up a ten day celebration, serving up a smorgasbord of Napa's finest cuisine, 100 wineries, stars of music, Broadway, TV, opera, classical, dance, fitness and more. Over 60 events spanned the 10 day festival, enriching art, fitness and local community... (more...)
BWW Review: The JACK Quartet Says Hello/Goodbye BWW Review: The JACK Quartet Says Hello/Goodbye
by Steve Feeney - July 27, 2016

The Quartet's first Maine concert is one of its last with all of the original members.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WITCHES WITH YOUR SSO ENCHANTS IN SYMPHONIC SPELLCRAFT at Sydney Opera House BWW Reviews: WITCHES WITH YOUR SSO ENCHANTS IN SYMPHONIC SPELLCRAFT at Sydney Opera House
by Brodie Paparella - July 18, 2016

The witching hour was brought forward by a margin over the weekend when four of Australia's most wicked and wonderful took the stage backed by the magical Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a most spellbinding concert full of passion, humour and sonic sorcery. OK that's all the magic puns I swear!... (more...)
BWW Review: ADELAIDE CONCERT COLLECTIVE - MOZART AND BACH Presented Old Favourites BWW Review: ADELAIDE CONCERT COLLECTIVE - MOZART AND BACH Presented Old Favourites
by Barry Lenny - July 16, 2016

This was a very well crafted performance of two relatively familiar works by JS Bach and Mozart.... (more...)
BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II Delights Audiences Of All Ages by Synchronising Live Orchestral Music And Classic Cartoons BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II Delights Audiences Of All Ages by Synchronising Live Orchestral Music And Classic Cartoons
by Jade Kops - July 14, 2016

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II is a crowd pleasing collection of iconic cartoons and live performance of the classical music that lifts them to be so much more than children's entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANTHONY DE MARE Brings Majesty and Mastery for THE LIAISONS PROJECT at Hayes Theatre BWW Review: ANTHONY DE MARE Brings Majesty and Mastery for THE LIAISONS PROJECT at Hayes Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - July 05, 2016

We've all felt the sensation where we talk fondly about artistic legends from our time only to discover someone younger or of another genre having no idea and genuinely concerning you that your icons might be lost someday entirely, and what a sad day that would be. That's where absolute miracle arti... (more...)
BWW Review: Down the River with Catan's FLORENCIA at New York City Opera BWW Review: Down the River with Catan's FLORENCIA at New York City Opera
by Richard Sasanow - June 30, 2016

If you're a fan of Puccini-esque music and the “magic realism” of the great Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Daniel Catan's FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS may be for you. Others might find the opera--which had its New York premiere at New York City Opera's home at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose The... (more...)
BWW Review: The Met's SummerStage Recital Has a Date with an 'Angel' BWW Review: The Met's SummerStage Recital Has a Date with an 'Angel'
by Richard Sasanow - June 27, 2016

The weather, the stars and “the stars” aligned the other night in Central Park, when the Metropolitan Opera performed its annual recital at SummerStage. Usually home to more pop culture performers, it turned out to be the perfect venue for introductions to some unfamiliar yet striking performers, in... (more...)
BWW Review: On Site Opera's FIGARO a Charming Diversion that's Not Mozart BWW Review: On Site Opera's FIGARO a Charming Diversion that's Not Mozart
by Richard Sasanow - June 20, 2016

“Bride's side or groom's? I'm Count Almaviva,” said the elegant actor as we entered what, we are told, is the Count's summer palace. “Bride's side or groom's?” says the seductive brunette in a bath towel, stepping out of the tub. She introduces herself as the Countess, Rosina. Upstairs, downstairs, ... (more...)
BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY in Concert with Baltimore Symphony Featuring John Waters as Narrator BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY in Concert with Baltimore Symphony Featuring John Waters as Narrator
by Charles Shubow - June 17, 2016

Audience is enthralled with BSO again featuring the musical HAIRSPRAY... (more...)
BWW Review: ERWIN SCHULHOFF RETROSPECTIVE Swings at Center for Jewish History BWW Review: ERWIN SCHULHOFF RETROSPECTIVE Swings at Center for Jewish History
by Matt Hanson - June 16, 2016

Recently honored as a Lower East Side Community Hero, pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe walked onstage on the evening of May 25th 2016 at the Center for Jewish History in NYC. She is the founder and artistic director of Downtown Chamber Players and the recipient of the 2015 Clara Lemlich Award. And she did ... (more...)
BWW Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis Offers a Powerful World Premiere of SHALIMAR THE CLOWN BWW Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis Offers a Powerful World Premiere of SHALIMAR THE CLOWN
by Steve Callahan - June 14, 2016

Salman Rushdie's tale of love and vengeance becomes a powerful opera in this commissioned work at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.... (more...)
BWW Opera Review: What's Old is New Again in CARMEN from Bad-Boy Bieito for US Debut at San Francisco Opera BWW Opera Review: What's Old is New Again in CARMEN from Bad-Boy Bieito for US Debut at San Francisco Opera
by Richard Sasanow - June 08, 2016

For a director known as opera's bad boy, Calixto Bieito turned to something awfully familiar in CARMEN for his US debut. Then again, he didn't actually show up for it, tied up with a new production of Aribert Reimann's LEAR in Paris and dispatching one of his top collabortors, Joan Anton Rechi, to p... (more...)
BWW Review: INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY Orchestra and Dancers Gave a Stellar Concert as Part of the NY Philharmonic Biennial BWW Review: INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY Orchestra and Dancers Gave a Stellar Concert as Part of the NY Philharmonic Biennial
by Sondra Forsyth - June 07, 2016

I was delighted but not surprised by the polished professionalism of the teenage musicians and dancers from Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts who performed on the afternoon of June 5th 2016 at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center as part of the New York Philharmonic's Biennial celebration. I... (more...)
BWW Review: ZORN Conducts at YIVO BWW Review: ZORN Conducts at YIVO
by Matt Hanson - June 06, 2016

One century ago, 200,000 New Yorkers mourned in the streets, representing the best-attended funeral procession in the history of the city to date. This May, the global Jewish community remembered Sholem Aleichem, for his centenarian yortsayt (Yiddish for "death anniversary").... (more...)
BWW Opera Review: Not Wild for Barry's Earnest Take on Wilde's EARNEST at NY PHIL BIENNIAL BWW Opera Review: Not Wild for Barry's Earnest Take on Wilde's EARNEST at NY PHIL BIENNIAL
by Richard Sasanow - June 06, 2016

“There is no sense in which [the play] THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST needs to be an opera.” Those words aren't mine, but come directly from an article by Paul Kilbey in the program at last week's U.S. stage premiere of Irish composer/lyricist Gerald Barry's 2010 opera THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNE... (more...)
BWW Classical Music Review: PARK AVENUE CHAMBER SYMPHONY ELGAR & MENDELSSOHN at All Saints Church, New York City BWW Classical Music Review: PARK AVENUE CHAMBER SYMPHONY ELGAR & MENDELSSOHN at All Saints Church, New York City
by Peter Danish - May 31, 2016

The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony under the guidance of musical director and conductor, David Bernard, presented yet another in a series of superb concerts this past weekend at the All Saints Church in NYC. The program included Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major (K. 313), The Elgar Cello Concer... (more...)

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