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BWW Review: DETROIT RED at ArtsEmerson BWW Review: DETROIT RED at ArtsEmerson
by Andrew Child - Feb 7, 2020

In David Mamet's book On Directing Film, he breaks down the way a linear narrative can be conveyed by placing images in direct contrast to each other. a?oeThe dream and the film are the juxtaposition of images in order to answer a question.a?? Certainly, with a majority of the action taking place upstage of a scrim and the fusion of filmed and live material, ArtsEmerson's Detroit Red, an original play by Will Power about Malcolm X's early adult life in Roxbury, leaves one feeling more as though one has watched a movie or woken from a dream than sat through a performance. Recently, I also saw Gloria: A Life, which is playing at the American Repertory Theatre. While I admittedly found the show to be trite and pandering, it obtusely fused projection effects with live performance in a way that felt cheap, gimmicky, and more like a new SnapChat filter than anything else. Contrast that with Ari Herzig's film work for Detroit Red, which snaps the audience effectively between viewpoints in black and white and splays broad images across the haziness of Adam Rigg's nondescript set. The success of the production lies in the success of the filmed elements, which establish a framing device, pinpointing the action to an exact moment in time. Additionally, the projections act as effective abstractions, allowing the actors to waver between realism and poetry as photos of their faces appear as oversized watermarks in space. Lighting designer Alan Edwards equally contributes to the cinematic feel of the piece. Sharp shafts of light slice through open space and act, ingeniously, as the camera lens might in film, focusing our attention on specifics and the relevant details. Aside from a few extraneous hat changes for the three actors who take on all the roles in the piece, between the work of Herzig, Rigg, and Edwards, the performance seems to be a study in the logistics of jump-cuts or cross-fades in real time. Adding to the film-instead-of-theatre feeling in the space, the performance actively roused and engaged the audience, which had a huge swathe of Boston school groups present. The crowd felt comfortable verbalizing responses, in part, because of our physical separation from the action presented to us, and to be able to laugh, cheer, gasp, and grimace in solidarity with those around you is a rare treat. (more...)

Kimbra, JACK Quartet and More at National Sawdust in March Kimbra, JACK Quartet and More at National Sawdust in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2020

See what's on the schedule at National Sawdust in March! Kimbra, Little Kruta, JACK Quartet, Metropolis Ensemble and more... (more...)

Grand Band Announced At PEAK Performances Grand Band Announced At PEAK Performances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2020

PEAK Performances presents two concerts by the United States' only professional piano sextet, Grand Band, a?oethe finest, busiest pianists active in New York's contemporary-classical scenea?? (The New York Times), who arrange and play six pianos in a circle. The unconventional ensemblea?"Erika Dohi, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O'Connella?"engulfs the audience in the sonic intensity of four landmark contemporary works, including the iconic and massive Gay Guerilla by a?oebrazen and brillianta?? (The New Yorker) late minimalist composer Julius Eastman.  (more...)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces Programming For Sixth Annual Nancy A. Nasher And David J. Haemisegger Family Soluna International Music & Arts Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to announce programming for the 2020 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Opening on April 3 and running through April 21, 2020, the festival will take place at venues in the Dallas Arts District and throughout the city. Tickets for all SOLUNA events go on sale January 30, 2020, at mydso.com/SOLUNA. (more...)

The Annenberg Center Will Present The Crossing In New Production Of KNEE PLAYS By Philip Glass And David Byrne The Annenberg Center Will Present The Crossing In New Production Of KNEE PLAYS By Philip Glass And David Byrne
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2020

The Annenberg Center will present Grammya"?-winning new-music choir The Crossing in the premiere of a newly staged theatrical production, Knee Plays, on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8pm and Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8pm at the Harold Prince Theatre. The program, part of the Center's #GLASSFEST celebration, features a rare opportunity to hear Knee Plays from Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach and David Byrne's New Orleans-inspired contribution to Robert Wilson's large scale project, the CIVIL warS. The premiere will be narrated by popular Philadelphia actor Dito van Reigersberg. (more...)

Sylvan Winds to Open Season with LADIES FIRST! in February Sylvan Winds to Open Season with LADIES FIRST! in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2020

This concert is part of the February 2020 Composers Now Festival celebrating living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. (more...)

PEAK Performances to Present GRAND BAND: PIANO EVOLUTION PEAK Performances to Present GRAND BAND: PIANO EVOLUTION
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020

PEAK Performances presents two concerts by the United States' only professional piano sextet, Grand Band, who arrange and play six pianos in a circle. The unconventional ensemble-Erika Dohi, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O'Connell-engulfs the audience in the sonic intensity of four landmark contemporary works, including the iconic and massive Gay Guerilla by late minimalist composer Julius Eastman. The Quietus describes the piece as 'one of the most moving pieces ever to be written for eight hands...beginning in lonely stuttering notes, slowly unraveling into defiant crescendos, before the final part repurposes Martin Luther's A Mighty Fortress Is Our God into a queer manifesto.' (more...)

Trinity Produces New York Premiere Of Wachner's REV. 23 at Prototype Festival Trinity Produces New York Premiere Of Wachner's REV. 23 at Prototype Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2019

This winter, Trinity Church Wall Street co-produces the New York premiere of REV. 23, the latest opera by its own Director of Music Julian Wachner, along with the cutting-edge Prototype Festival and Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Performances take place at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in Manhattan, on January 17 at 8pm and January 18 at 3pm and 8pm. Composed to an audacious, satirical libretto by Cerise Jacobs, founder of the Boston-based activist opera company White Snake Projects, which commissioned the work, REV. 23 explores an a?oeunpublisheda?? new chapter of the Book of Revelation. Los Angeles-based director James Darrah creates a striking new production for this New York premiere, leading the audience on a fantastical journey through the myths of the collective unconscious. Noted conductor Daniela Candillari leads Trinity's in-house contemporary orchestra, NOVUS NY. (more...)

Baryshnikov Arts Center Announces Jennifer Tipton as Recipient of 2019"20 Cage Cunningham Fellow Baryshnikov Arts Center Announces Jennifer Tipton as Recipient of 2019"20 Cage Cunningham Fellow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) has announced the recipient of the 2019-20 Cage Cunningham Fellow, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton. This is the fourth award of BAC's distinguished fellowship established in 2015 to support artists who embody John Cage and Merce Cunningham's commitment to artistic innovation. (more...)

The Crossing Receives $200,000 Gift From Thomas Kasdorf The Crossing Receives $200,000 Gift From Thomas Kasdorf
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2019

The Crossing has received an extremely generous $200,000 gift from long-time friend, advocate, and supporter Thomas Kasdorf of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The extraordinary unrestricted funding will support The Crossing's 2019-2020 season, with commissions of Edie Hill, Tawnie Olsen, Gavin Bryars, Daniel Felsenfeld, Aaron Helgeson, Gabriel Jackson, and Michael Gordon at venues such as Crane Arts Icebox, the Met Cloisters, the Hal Prince Theater and Zellerbach Theaters at the Annenberg Center, Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at The Crossing's home, the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. (more...)

Lizzo, Billie Eilish, & Lil Nas X Lead GRAMMY Nominations - See Full List! Lizzo, Billie Eilish, & Lil Nas X Lead GRAMMY Nominations - See Full List!
by TV News Desk - Nov 20, 2019

Recording Academy® President/CEO Deborah Dugan alongside Academy Chair of the Board of Trustees and renowned record producer Harvey Mason Jr., as well as GRAMMY Awards® host Alicia Keys and past two-time GRAMMY® nominee Bebe Rexha, today revealed nominees for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards in select categories. This year's nominees reflect a melting pot of artistic innovation that defined the year in music, showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of established artists and the industry-shifting impact of rising music creators. Leading nominees Lizzo (8), Billie Eilish (6) and Lil Nas X (6) not only topped the charts but ignited a cultural conversation around their genre-bending hits. As the only peer-selected music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by the Recoding Academy's membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers and engineers. (more...)

 Trinity Church Wall Street to Present Handel's MESSIAH Trinity Church Wall Street to Present Handel's MESSIAH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2019

Trinity Church Wall Street's historically informed performances of Handel's Messiah are critical favorites; just last season, the New York Times called Trinity's rendition 'the best 'Messiah' in New York.' On December 20 and 21 at 7:30pm and on December 22 at 3pm, the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Director of Music Julian Wachner give three accounts of Handel's masterpiece. The performance on Saturday, December 21 at 7:30pm will be streamed live on Trinity's website and Facebook Live, and will be made available on demand the following week. Performances will take place at St. Paul's Chapel at Broadway and Fulton Street and tickets can be purchased here. (more...)

The Guggenheim to Host Swing Dancing with Caleb Teicher, Chris Celiz, Ben Folds, Conrad Tao and Eyal Vilner Big Band The Guggenheim to Host Swing Dancing with Caleb Teicher, Chris Celiz, Ben Folds, Conrad Tao and Eyal Vilner Big Band
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Swing Dancing with Caleb Teicher, Chris Celiz, Ben Folds, Conrad Tao and Eyal Vilner Big Band on Monday, December 9 at 6:30pm and 7:30pm. (more...)

The Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Mozart & Mahler This November The Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Mozart & Mahler This November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019

The Santa Barbara Symphony's 2019/20 Season continues with Mozart & Mahler, Saturday, November 16 at 8:00PM and Sunday, November 17 at 3:00PM, 2019, the second of nine exciting and versatile programs. (more...)

Violinist Gil Shaham To Perform With CSO Violinist Gil Shaham To Perform With CSO
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019

International violinist sensation, Gil Shaham, will perform at Music Hall November 8 and 9 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) under Music Director Louis Langrée in Petrouchka + Tchaikovsky. The Saturday evening concert (Nov 9 at 8 pm) is SOLD OUT, but good seats are still available for the Friday night performance (Nov 8 at 8 pm).  (more...)

Quartet 131 To Make New York Debut At Kaufman Center Quartet 131 To Make New York Debut At Kaufman Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2019

The Quartet brings together Lilit Gampel, Violin, Laura Jean Goldberg, Violin, Andy Lin, Viola, and Robert La Rue, Violoncello. These well-established musicians have come together as a string quartet to explore the richness of the chamber repertoire. Their interpretations demonstrate a depth of emotion while illuminating subtleties within technically demanding masterworks. (more...)

Peak Performances Presents Lena Herzog's Immersive Oratorio And Adjacent Panels On Endangered Languages Peak Performances Presents Lena Herzog's Immersive Oratorio And Adjacent Panels On Endangered Languages
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2019

Peak Performances presents Lena Herzog's Last Whispers, an immersive AV experience dedicated to vanishing languages, accompanied by panel discussions on select days, October 16-20 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Trained in linguistics and philosophy, Herzog, also as an acclaimed photographer, has taken an ongoing interest in indigenous languages, which are disappearing at an astonishing rate. By 2050, half of roughly 7,000 languages spoken around the world will fall silent. Herzog's a?oehaunting and singulara?? (The New Yorker critic Alex Ross) immersive oratorioa?"situated at the intersection of installation art, music, and filma?"features spoken and sung recordings of more than 40 endangered or lost languages. www.lastwhispers.org (more...)

Quartet 131 To Play Works by Schubert & Bloch At Merkin Hall Quartet 131 To Play Works by Schubert & Bloch At Merkin Hall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2019

Quartet 131 to play works by Schubert, Bloch, Dutilleux, and Beethoven on Thursday, October 3, 7:30 pm.MERKIN HALL, Kaufman Music Center. 129 West 67 Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam). (more...)

The Crossing Presents The World Premiere Of Gavin Bryars' A NATIVE HILL The Crossing Presents The World Premiere Of Gavin Bryars' A NATIVE HILL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019

Grammy-winning new-music choir The Crossing presents the world premiere of English composer Gavin Bryars' substantial new evening-length a cappella work, A Native Hill, on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 5pm at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia.  (more...)

The Crossing Presents The World Premiere Of ​​​​​​​A NATIVE HILL The Crossing Presents The World Premiere Of ​​​​​​​A NATIVE HILL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019

Grammy-winning new-music choir The Crossing presents the world premiere of English composer Gavin Bryars'substantial new evening-length a cappella work, A Native Hill, on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 5pm at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. (more...)

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