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LA Master Chorale to Perform Renaissance Choral Gems, 11/16LA Master Chorale to Perform Renaissance Choral Gems, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents an all-a cappella program of soaring Renaissance choral gems that promises to resonate in the sparkling acoustics of Disney Hall on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7 pm. The Chorale, which is particularly adept at performing this musical style with crisp, clear intonation, performs William Byrd's Sing Joyfully, Josquin des Prez's Ave nobilissima creatura, John Taverner's Western Wind Mass, Thomas Tallis's If Ye Love Me and Orlando di Lasso's O Crux Splendidior, among other 16th and 17th century works. (more...)

BWW Reviews: INTIMATE APPAREL in WestportBWW Reviews: INTIMATE APPAREL in Westport
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Oct 20, 2014

The 10th anniversary revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's play, Intimate Apparel, is closing the Westport Country Theatre's regular season on, well, a very strong thread. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Presents EL PASADO NUNCA SE TERMINA, 5/13-17The Houston Grand Opera Presents EL PASADO NUNCA SE TERMINA, 5/13-17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished, an opera featuring the internationally renowned ensemble Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitla?n, on May 13, 16, and 17, 2015 in the Wortham Theater Center, it was announced by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and Managing Director Perryn Leech. HGO's 2010 mounting of the world's first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon, with Mariachi Vargas, not only captivated audiences in Houston, but went on to hit runs in Paris, San Diego, Chicago, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. HGO brought Cruzar back to Houston in 2013 for three sold-out performances. Now the company will present a second mariachi opera from the same creative team of Jose? “Pepe” Marti?nez and Leonard Foglia, fresh from its March 2015 world premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Set on a Mexican hacienda in 1910, just prior to the Mexican Revolution, the story traces how the country's cultural conflicts and nationalistic struggles shape one family across generations. El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished will be sung in Spanish and English with projected translations. (more...)

JACK Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Vox n Plux and More to Perform World Premieres at The Italian Academy, 10/30JACK Quartet, Miranda Cuckson, Vox n Plux and More to Perform World Premieres at The Italian Academy, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

The Italian Academy hosts the inaugural concert of *The Stefan Wolpe Fund featuring world premieres and works by Charles Wuorinen, Jonathan Dawe, Matthew Greenbaum and William Anderson on Thursday, October 30th at 8pm. Also on the program, a New York premiere for string sextet by Charles Wuorinen. Featured artists: JACK Quartet, pianist Steven Beck, Vox n Plux, violist Miranda Cuckson and cellist Jay Campbell. This concert was produced by Zaidee Parkinson and Alanna Maharajh Stone with generous support from *The Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse's INTIMATE APPAREL Begins TonightWestport Country Playhouse's INTIMATE APPAREL Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse stages Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's 'Intimate Apparel,' a love story that confronts race and religion, directed by Mary B. Robinson, from today, October 7 through November 1. 'Intimate Apparel' is the recipient of the American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play. (more...)

John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey to Return to Cafe Carlyle, 10/28-11/22John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey to Return to Cafe Carlyle, 10/28-11/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

Cafe Carlyle will welcome back acclaimed husband-and-wife duo John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey for a four-week engagement, October 28 - November 22. They'll make their annual fall pilgrimage to The Carlyle with an all-new show entitled Grown Up Songs. Grown Up Songs features sophisticated selections for the most sophisticated venue in New York City with music by Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mercer, Paul McCartney, Alan Jay Lerner, Adam Guettel, Billy Joel and more. (more...)

Oliver Ionita Named New Director of Development of Chicago Opera TheaterOliver Ionita Named New Director of Development of Chicago Opera Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) announces the appointment of Oliver Ionita (41) as the company's new Director of Development following a national search conducted by Arts Consulting Group. Ionita officially assumed his new role on September 4, 2014 just a few days following the close of the company's third consecutive fiscal year without a deficit and coinciding with the opening of its highly innovative and groundbreaking production of Ernest Bloch's 'Macbeth,' which marked the end of COT's 2014 Season. (more...)

Meet Mr. Porcupine From OPERA San Antonio's Production of FANTASTIC MR. FOXMeet Mr. Porcupine From OPERA San Antonio's Production of FANTASTIC MR. FOX
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

t's almost here! On September 23 the curtain rises on the debut production of OPERA San Antonio. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a performance you'll want to bring the whole family to see. Based on the popular children's book by Roald Dahl about a brave and clever fox who outwits his enemies to save his family and friends, the opera features the music of Tobias Picker, who has been dubbed 'our finest composer for the lyric stage' by The Wall Street Journal. (more...)

Encompass New Opera, Treehouse Shakers and More Ste for BAM's 2014-15 PDPEncompass New Opera, Treehouse Shakers and More Ste for BAM's 2014-15 PDP
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) today announced the participants of the third cycle of the BAM Professional Development Program (BAM PDP), led by BAM and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. The companies for this session represent mixed disciplines ranging from dance to theater to opera. Chosen by a BAM-convened panel, the organizations taking part in this session are Encompass New Opera Theatre, Satellite Collective, Summation Dance, and Treehouse Shakers. As with the previous sessions, the DeVos Institute extended invitations to a group of organizations to apply for the training portion of the BAM PDP-expanding the program's reach beyond Brooklyn-based companies. These additional organizations taking part in the program areBalletNext, Beth Morrison Projects, S? Percussion, and Zvi Dance. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Present INTIMATE APPAREL, 10/7-11/1Westport Country Playhouse to Present INTIMATE APPAREL, 10/7-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will stage Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's 'Intimate Apparel,' a love story that confronts race and religion, directed by Mary B. Robinson, from October 7 through November 1. 'Intimate Apparel' is the recipient of the American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play. (more...)

MYTHOS, Showcasing Music from Stage, TV, Film & More, Set for 92Y, 10/6MYTHOS, Showcasing Music from Stage, TV, Film & More, Set for 92Y, 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Classical and Broadway musician Peter Sachon and Carbon Cello Productions, in conjunction with New York Comic Con 2014 and the first annual New York Super Week Festival, will present a unique concert experience, MYTHOS, a showcase of great music from across the spectrum of modern orchestral genres - music from the concert stage, television and film, and video games - featuring the all-star orchestra The Third Estate, conducted by Grammy Award nominee, Austin Wintory, composer of Journey , as well as vocalists from Choral Chameleon. (more...)

LA Master Chorale to Perform VOICES OF LIGHT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 10/19LA Master Chorale to Perform VOICES OF LIGHT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, launches the 2014|15 season, its 51st, with a spectacular multi-faceted cinematic and aural event featuring the Walt Disney Concert Hall premiere of Richard Einhorn's "brilliantly effective" (Washington Post) 1994 work Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc, inspired by and performed live to the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Einhorn's evocative piece, written for orchestra, chorus and soloists, provides a haunting backdrop to the rarely seen restored version of Carl Dreyer's cinematic masterpiece, considered by many critics to be among the top films ever made. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara & Steven Pasquale to Reunite for Ronald McDonald House Benefit Concert at 54 BelowKelli O'Hara & Steven Pasquale to Reunite for Ronald McDonald House Benefit Concert at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

On Monday, October 6, 2014 five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara and Drama Desk nominee Steven Pasquale will perform an intimate benefit concert titled Kelli O'Hara and Friends at 54 Below, located at 254 West 54th Street. The evening is a joint benefit in support of PopsEd Programs at Ronald McDonald House® New York, which provide creative outlets to the children and families in residence. Hosted by Steven Reineke, Music Director of The New York Pops, the evening will also feature performances by children participating in the PopsEd programs at Ronald McDonald House® New York, along with some special surprise guests. The benefit will start with a champagne reception at 5:30PM followed by dinner and a performance at 6:30PM. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL to Open Artists Rep's 2014-15 Season, Begin. 9/9Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL to Open Artists Rep's 2014-15 Season, Begin. 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Artists Rep will kick off its 2014/15 season with the Portland premiere of Intimate Apparel by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Artists Rep Artistic Associate and Resident Artist Michael Mendelson will direct this award-winning, Off-Broadway and regional theatre sensation. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' A SECOND CHANCE (Original Cast Recording) Jazzes Life's HardshipsBWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' A SECOND CHANCE (Original Cast Recording) Jazzes Life's Hardships
by David Clarke - Aug 7, 2014

I've come to embrace the idea that a life well lived is filled with its fair share of second chances and new beginnings. For Ted Shen's A SECOND CHANCE audiences were introduced to Dan and Jenna, both are living in crisis. A SECOND CHANCE opened to mixed reviews at the Public Theater, and now Ghostlight Records has released the schmaltzy jazz musical's original cast recording, which is worth listening to. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGERThe Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera capped a financially and artistically successful 2013–14 season by presenting Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger —the Polish-Jewish composer's long-suppressed Holocaust opera—to wide acclaim at New York's Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, July 10–13. Earlier this year, HGO gave the American premiere of the work in Houston with the same cast. There was special praise for the production and performances, conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. New York magazine described David Pountney's staging as “a multi-story set so vivid you can practically smell the machine oil and coal smoke,” while the Financial Times said: “The production, imported from Houston, is imposing in every way.” The New York Times called the cast “flawless,” adding: “The conductor, Patrick Summers, drew a surging, textured, richly detailed performance of this challenging score (lasting three hours) from the inspired musicians of the Houston Grand Opera.” WQXR's Operavore summed up the import of the performances: “The Passenger shows how a Holocaust opera can hold the stage while examining important, complex issues—and could certainly point the way for future composers to deal with such important but delicate subject matter.” (more...)

Public Theater's A SECOND CHANCE Original Cast Recording Out Online, In Stores Next MonthPublic Theater's A SECOND CHANCE Original Cast Recording Out Online, In Stores Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of The Public Theater's production of A SECOND CHANCE online and in stores August 5. (more...)

Anthony de Mare to Debut I THINK ABOUT YOU, Featuring New Work by Duncan Sheik and More, 7/18-19Anthony de Mare to Debut I THINK ABOUT YOU, Featuring New Work by Duncan Sheik and More, 7/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

'I Think About You' is the cabaret version of Anthony de Mare's latest initiative, 'Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano.' July 18-19, 2014, during Bear Week 2014, will mark the premiere of 'I Think About You,' which is exclusively tailored for Provincetown audiences, directed by Jef Hall-Flavin. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  OTSL's '27' Opens to OvationsBWW Reviews: OTSL's '27' Opens to Ovations
by Steve Callahan - Jun 18, 2014

Opera Theatre of St. Louis has just opened a new commissioned work entitled simply '27'. With music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Royce Vavrek, it brings us into the world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Philadelphia's A COFFIN IN EGYPT -- Von Stade is Wonderful, But It's Otherwise MummifiedBWW Reviews: Opera Philadelphia's A COFFIN IN EGYPT -- Von Stade is Wonderful, But It's Otherwise Mummified
by Marakay Rogers - Jun 16, 2014

Von Stade out of retirement is cause for celebration, but there's no other purpose to the vehicle for it (more...)

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