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BWW Interview: Audrey Cardwell of BRIGHT STAR at Winspear Opera House BWW Interview: Audrey Cardwell of BRIGHT STAR at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle Christopher West - June 08, 2018

It was exactly three years ago that I first spoke with Audrey Cardwell. At that time, she was in the ensemble of CINDERELLA on tour, often stepping in for the title character opposite her boyfriend, Andy Huntington Jones (who later starred in CATS on Broadway). Since then, her life has continued to ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Bantam of the Opera Strikes Again! BWW Review: The Bantam of the Opera Strikes Again!
by Steve Callahan - May 15, 2018

For several seasons I've searched for a term to describe Gateway Opera. In a city flush with larger companies-Opera Theater St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera-which offer truly 'grand opera', what can one call this little company which gives us such delicious bite-sized treats? They're... (more...)
BWW Interview: Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Symphony BWW Interview: Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Symphony
by David Green - May 03, 2018

Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Joins The Coachella Valley Symphony for a very special 'one night only' concert that will feature her greatest hits and more on Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Ms. Manchester may be best known for her hits 'Midnight Blue', 'Wheneve... (more...)
BWW Interview: HCC Artistic Director Robert Simpson on the Chamber Choir's Margaret Hillis Award Win BWW Interview: HCC Artistic Director Robert Simpson on the Chamber Choir's Margaret Hillis Award Win
by Katricia Lang - April 12, 2018

Robert Simpson, the founder and artistic director of Houston Chamber Choir, has been in a whirlwind, a waking dream as intoxicating as communion wine and as unreal as that spinning top in the last scene of INCEPTION, since Good Friday when he learned that Houston Chamber Choir, the chorale he establ... (more...)
BWW Interview: George Hinchliffe of UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN at Peace Center BWW Interview: George Hinchliffe of UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN at Peace Center
by Neil Shurley - April 10, 2018

'If you were working with a symphony orchestra or a studio full of synthesizers, you could make lots and lots of different sounds, but if your palette of sounds is restricted, it makes you really focus on how the music comes across. So in a way, I think it stimulates creativity because there are lim... (more...)
BWW Interview: Maestro Keith Lockhart Talks the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and this Sunday's Concert at Strathmore BWW Interview: Maestro Keith Lockhart Talks the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and this Sunday's Concert at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - April 05, 2018

It's getting to that time of year when we think about things that are truly American. We might think about baseball games and hot dogs.  There's also,  of course, the annual Fourth of July concert on PBS featuring Maestro Keith Lockhart and the world famous Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. If you ca... (more...)
BWW Interview: Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el Amazonas BWW Interview: Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el Amazonas
by Ron Bierman - March 17, 2018

I spoke recently with Elaine Alvarez who will be singing the lead role this weekend in the San Diego Opera's production of Florencia en el Amazonas by Mexican composer Daniel Catan and librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Alvarez told me that when she got a call from the San Diego Opera's General Dire... (more...)
BWW Interview: Todd Ellison Conducts The Philly POPS Best of Broadway Concert Series at The Kimmel Center BWW Interview: Todd Ellison Conducts The Philly POPS Best of Broadway Concert Series at The Kimmel Center
by Amber Kusching - March 09, 2018

This weekend, the curtain goes up on The Philly POPS' Best of Broadway concert, presented as a part of the POPS' 39th season at The Kimmel Center for Performing Art's Verizon Hall. The event features recognizable favorites from more than twenty Broadway shows, as well as music from Disney. This spec... (more...)
BWW Interview: Lise Lindstrom TO SING TURANDOT IN SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION at the San Diego Civic Center BWW Interview: Lise Lindstrom TO SING TURANDOT IN SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION at the San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - February 18, 2018

ise Lindstrom has returned to San Diego to sing the lead in Puccini's Turandot. We spoke for nearly an hour in a rehearsal room at the San Diego Civic Center where she'd just finished working on makeup for the performance. You might think that someone with Lindstrom's powerful voice would have kn... (more...)
BWW Interview: Bruce Stasyna of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES at Lyceum Theater BWW Interview: Bruce Stasyna of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES at Lyceum Theater
by Ron Bierman - January 24, 2018

Bruce Stasyna, San Diego Opera's chorus master, will also lead the orchestra in the company's upcoming production of Astor Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires. We met in the Civic Center's Copper Room recently to discuss that, his career, and more.... (more...)
BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
by Gil Kaan - November 09, 2017

Conductor extraordinaire John Mauceri, at 72 years young, has the memory of a straight-A college kid vividly recalling detailed facts of incidents long ago right off the top of his head. The go-to expert on all subjects Leonard Bernstein, John will be conducting BERNSTEIN ON STAGE at the Valley Perf... (more...)
BWW Interview: Laura Kaminsky Composer of AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre, San Diego BWW Interview: Laura Kaminsky Composer of AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre, San Diego
by Ron Bierman - November 03, 2017

As One, Laura Kaminsky's first opera, premiered in September 2014. While many contemporary operas are performed once and never heard again, it has been staged more often every year since then, and is already scheduled at nearly a dozen venues for 2018. In a recent phone interview Kaminsky and I spok... (more...)
BWW Previews:  “The Cunning Little Vixen” to Open The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season BWW Previews: “The Cunning Little Vixen” to Open The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season
by Roy Berko - September 06, 2017

The Cleveland Orchestra is on the verge of reaching its centennial. In celebration of this momentous milestone, the innovative made-for-Cleveland stylized opera production of Leoš Jana?ek's 'The Cunning Vixen' will grace the Severance Hall stage.... (more...)
BWW Interview: CEO of  the San Diego Symphony Martha Gilmer, Part 2 BWW Interview: CEO of the San Diego Symphony Martha Gilmer, Part 2
by Ron Bierman - July 12, 2017

As described in part one of the interview, Martha Gilmer works hard to expand San Diego Symphony audiences. That makes the summer program another priority. 'It's more ambitious than ever. We've really invested in it this year. And the results are spectacular. We already have advanced sales greater t... (more...)
BWW Interview: Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO BWW Interview: Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO
by Ron Bierman - July 01, 2017

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is often cited as the best in the U. S. and one of the top five in the world. Martha Gilmer started there as an intern. Thirty-five years later she left the number two spot, vice president of artistic planning and audience development, to become CEO of the San Diego Sy... (more...)
BWW Interview: Dominique Holley of Driftwood Quintet BWW Interview: Dominique Holley of Driftwood Quintet
by Jeanmarie Simpson - April 26, 2017

As an event organizer, I always feel like it's important that I organize the types of events that I see myself going to. If I can't personally see myself attending or spending money to see my own performances then how can I expect other people who don't know me to do the same. What that means for me... (more...)
BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN at Stockton Symphony BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN at Stockton Symphony
by Courtney Symes - April 24, 2017

When an icon is as approachable, affable and humble as Ben Vereen is, it is easy to see why he has been so successful. The winner of a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his role in Pippin, Vereen is, at the age of 70, showing no signs of slowing down. Luckily for us, he is bringing his energy and ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jordan Rudess:  FROM BACH TO ROCK at Iridium BWW Interview: Jordan Rudess: FROM BACH TO ROCK at Iridium
by Peter Danish - April 07, 2017

Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater to perform rare acoustic shows.... (more...)
BWW Feature: Ars Lyrica Houston Rocks Bach with Four Soloists This New Year's Eve BWW Feature: Ars Lyrica Houston Rocks Bach with Four Soloists This New Year's Eve
by Katricia Lang - December 20, 2016

Forget everything you know about the Bach cantata. (It's hard. I know.) The Ars Lyrica Houston early music ensemble is to perform Johann Sebastian Bach's works sans chorus -- two cantatas plus one extra movement, with four soloists for its New Year's Eve concert BACHANALIA.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Husband-Wife Vocalists Jessica and Santino Fontana Talk Houston Symphony's VERY MERRY POPS BWW Interview: Husband-Wife Vocalists Jessica and Santino Fontana Talk Houston Symphony's VERY MERRY POPS
by Katricia Lang - December 02, 2016

For the Houston Symphony holiday concert VERY MERRY POPS, not only does Santa Claus come to town but so do the sweeter-than-honey honeys, Jessica and Santino Fontana. In the interview, the Fontanas talk to Broadway World about VERY MERRY POPS and the joys and challenges of being a show business marr... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jeffrey Kahane to Lead the Houston Symphony in A MOZART THANKSGIVING BWW Interview: Jeffrey Kahane to Lead the Houston Symphony in A MOZART THANKSGIVING
by Natalie de la Garza - November 22, 2016

This weekend, once the tryptophan wears off, join renowned pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane as he leads the Houston Symphony in A MOZART THANKSGIVING, featuring the famous 'Prague' Symphony and the composer's Piano Concertos No. 21 and No. 24.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Hilary Hahn Will Thrill Seattle Audiences in Solo Recital BWW Interview: Hilary Hahn Will Thrill Seattle Audiences in Solo Recital
by Erica Miner - October 27, 2016

In her impressive career track thus far she has garnered the highest praise from audiences and critics alike... (more...)
BWW Interview: Joshua Bell - The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College BWW Interview: Joshua Bell - The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
by Kathryn Kitt - October 24, 2016

Joshua Bell is a classical superstar: violinist, cultural ambassador, and all-around inspiration. Musical Director of The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, television performer (Mozart in the Jungle!), and subway station busker-provocateur, he's a deep and unique talent.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Morgan James performs BERNSTEIN'S BEST with Colorado Symphony BWW Interview: Morgan James performs BERNSTEIN'S BEST with Colorado Symphony
by Chris Arneson - September 30, 2016

The Colorado Symphony is bringing Broadway to Downtown Denver this weekend with a few days of Leonard Bernstein's best, featuring on the most powerful vocalists to emerge recently in musical theatre.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Peter Marsh: Villains, Oscar Wilde and the Colors of Life in Opera BWW Interview: Peter Marsh: Villains, Oscar Wilde and the Colors of Life in Opera
by Erica Miner - September 22, 2016

Tenor Peter Marsh, who makes his Seattle Opera debut as the villainous Hexe in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel next month, shares his insights on the subject... (more...)