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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...)
BWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth Brings AN INTIMATE EVENING to PPAC Stage BWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth Brings AN INTIMATE EVENING to PPAC Stage
by Robert Barossi - April 04, 2016

While Kristin Chenoweth may best be known for originating the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked or one of her many film and television roles, the amazingly versatile performer has had a career spanning just about every medium and genre. Chenoweth's work on TV has included The West Wing, ... (more...)
BWW Interview: With CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Goes from Bel Canto to Bebop BWW Interview: With CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Goes from Bel Canto to Bebop
by Richard Sasanow - April 04, 2016

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who's justly acclaimed for his high notes--forget about a high C; how about an F above that!?--just finished the New York premiere of the Daniel Schnyder opera CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD (Bridgette A. Wmberly, librettist), at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Famed jazz sax... (more...)
BWW Interview: Furlanetto American Concert Debut Celebrates SDO Anniversary BWW Interview: Furlanetto American Concert Debut Celebrates SDO Anniversary
by Erica Miner - February 23, 2016

First American concert appearance to be held Mar. 5 at Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall... (more...)
BWW Interview: Brian Stokes Mitchell's Broadway Christmas at SF Symphony BWW Interview: Brian Stokes Mitchell's Broadway Christmas at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - December 02, 2015

Brian Stokes Mitchell talks Broadway's 'Shuffle Along' and his upcoming Christmas concert at San Francisco Symphony. Read the full interview to learn about his creative process, Mitchell's take on arts education, and his upcoming album projects. Then visit sfsymphony.org for tickets to his December ... (more...)
BWW Interview:  Jackie Evancho Talks Tonight's Concert at Strathmore BWW Interview: Jackie Evancho Talks Tonight's Concert at Strathmore
by Jennifer Perry - October 10, 2015

Fifteen year old classical crossover artist Jackie Evancho - who first drew national attention on America's Got Talent, and has since put out multiple albums and has performed worldwide - will make her Music Center at Strathmore debut tonight, October 10. In advance of the concert, entitled 'Awaken... (more...)
BWW Interview: Phil Johnson on Comedy from Stage to The Fringe and Beyond BWW Interview: Phil Johnson on Comedy from Stage to The Fringe and Beyond
by Erica Miner - October 05, 2015

JEWISH JOKE, a one-man show about an irascible Jewish comedy screenwriter in 1950's Hollywood... (more...)
BWW Interview: Mercury Soul's Mason Bates Merges Classical with Electronic Music BWW Interview: Mercury Soul's Mason Bates Merges Classical with Electronic Music
by Erica Miner - September 18, 2015

The talents of top local Indie classical musicians with electronic music in the atmosphere of high profile nightclub Ruby Skye... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Stéphane Denève Helps Create the Repertoire of Tomorrow BWW Interviews: Stéphane Denève Helps Create the Repertoire of Tomorrow
by Erica Miner - August 10, 2015

His compelling presence with orchestras throughout the world... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Scott Coulter on SF Symphony, James Bond and More BWW Interviews: Scott Coulter on SF Symphony, James Bond and More
by Harmony Wheeler - July 15, 2015

Singer Scott Coulter joins Sheena Easton at the San Francisco Symphony July 23 for a concert of favorite Spy film music. The concert will include both instrumental-only and vocal-accompanied hits from James Bond, Austin Powers and more. Other summer film-themed concerts this month include the new St... (more...)
BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Chris Barillaro: Music Director, Actor, Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger and Accompanist BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Chris Barillaro: Music Director, Actor, Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger and Accompanist
by Noelle Hannibal - June 09, 2015

Chris Barillaro is one of the busiest men in Montreal. An accomplished Music Director, he is also a busy Actor, Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger and Accompanist. He is currently working on several projects, including Lyric Theatre Singers' upcoming BACK TO BROADWAY, which opens Thursday, June 11, 20... (more...)