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  • Conrad Tao Debuts at Carnegie Hall

    Barefoot and Brazen Tao Makes a Case for the Piano

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 21st, 2019

    The young musical polymath Conrad Tao made his debut at Carnegie Hall. In an ambitious program, designed in part to display the elements of virtuoso performance on the piano, Tao played representative composers from J. S. Bach to David Lang and Julia Wolfe.

  • Popular Artists at Tanglewood

    From Ringo to Arlo and Judy Collins

    By: BSO - Nov 21st, 2019

    It's time to mark your calendar. Tanglewood has annpunced the Popular Artists for the 2020 season. More to be announced later. By Popular Artist the BSO differentiates them from what we assume to be the unpopular ones. Its notable that so far the uber popular James Taylor is not a part of the lineup. But is likely to slip in late, As of now his usual slot for the July Fourth holiday weekend ia wide open. What's announced so far is the Popular prequel.

  • Artist Jane Hudson at Tourists

    Birthday Celebration on Becoming Jane

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 21st, 2019

    The upscale Tourists a hip, designer savvy resort in North Adams, has launched a program of evenings with artists. Last night there was a cozy, well attended fireside chat with artist and musician Jane Hudson. She and her husband Jeff operated Hudsons Antiques formerly at MASS MoCA. They also perform music as Jeff and Jane. Both are widely exhibited artists. She discussed phases of her career which I have followed as friend and commentator since the late 1960s. It was also her birthday.

  • Michelle Wiley et Les Garcons

    Evening of Eclipse Cabaret

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 17th, 2019

    It was standing room only last night for a packed cabaret in the gallery of the Eclipse Mill in North Adams. The chanteuse, Michelle Wiley et les Garcons, (Opie O'Brian. Carl Oman and guest guitarist) regaled us with two long sets. The program conflated Edith Piaf with Irving Berlin. Dancing was encouraged.

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Joyce Di Donato Superb as Cleopatra

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 16th, 2019

    Thrilling moments of the New York fall music season include the arrival of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. They do not disappoint. The first concert brought forward the superb brass section of the Orchestra in an unjustifiably overlooked early work by Georges Bizet, Roma. No one knows where the title came from.

  • Ain't Too Proud

    Jukebox Musical About The Temptations On Broadway

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 16th, 2019

    Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is playing in Broadway. This show, while a jukebox musical, does more than string a series of hits together. The dancing is electric and the singing is expressive.

  • A Broadway Holiday

    Thumbnails of Recent Shows

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 15th, 2019

    Recently, while attending the New York Conference of American Theatre Critics Association we saw six shows. What follows are capsules of those experiences.

  • Tristan and Isolde Act II at Lincoln Center

    White Light Festival Features Goerke and Gould

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 18th, 2019

    Inducing current audiences to listen to Wagner operas is difficult. Ninety minutes seems to perfect time slot for young people. Wagner's operas can last for six hours. Can they be cut? Probably not without violating their essence. Producing an Act in concert form makes sense. The White Light Festival presented a spectacular concert based on Act II of Tristan and Isolde.

  • Don Juan

    Westport Country Playhouse

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 16th, 2019

    Westport Country Playhouse is giving us a delightful performance of a new adaptation of the Molière play written by Brendan Pelsue and wonderfully directed by David Kennedy.

  • Bull in a China Shop By Bryna Turner

    At Aurora Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 16th, 2019

    What surprises about Bull in a China Shop is the tone that the playwright Bryna Turner adopts, despite the fact that it is a biographical sketch focused on serious events

  • Ain’t Too Proud by Dominique Morisseau

    Temptations on Broadway

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 15th, 2019

    Ain’t Too Proud could not exist without high energy performances of the Temptations songs, and they are so authentic, you’d think you’re seeing the actual group. The mix of voices backed by an 18-piece orchestra along with Sergio Trujillo’s exciting choreography hit the mark.

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma

    Broadway's Circle In The Square Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Nov 14th, 2019

    Revival of Oklahoma unearths a darker tale.Brightness and tension combine to create a memorable production. The production, directed by Daniel Fish, runs through January.

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

    Giuliano Opening at Real Eyes Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 10th, 2019

    Many artists and friends attended the opening of my exhbition "Then and Now: Analog to Digital" at Real Eyes Gallery in Adams, Mass. For the occasion I wore my Senegal robes. That reflected the exotic nature of the work. Music was performed on electric sitar and percussion by Nana Simopoulos and Caryn Heilman. There were lively dialogues about the work anticipating an artist's talk on Saturday, November 23 at 4 PM.

  • Verdi's Requiem with Tedor Currentzis at The Shed

    New Views on a Great Work

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 14th, 2019

    A hundred-member orchestra and an 80-member chorus from Perm Russia perform Verdi's Requiem at The Shed in Hudson Yards, New York. Direct from Salzburg where it received rapturous reviews this re-imagining has been eagerly awaited. For ten days prior to the performances on November 19-24, Jonas Mekas' filmed response to the music was screened. It was at first a shocking take, beautiful images of flower blossoms one after another. The Requiem is a work of sublime beauty. It also has Dylan Thomas's rage at death. Mekas shows this in black screens and sometimes winds raging through branches and dessicating leaves.

  • American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Jamie Barton Featured in Ives' songs

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 14th, 2019

    Jamie Barton showed up at Carnegie on the wings of her tweet, "Be there or be square." Nothing about her performance of some of her favorite songs by Charles Ives was square. She is a gorgeous performer who ventures always to the edge of experience.

  • Linda Vista By Tracy Letts

    Broadway at Helen Hayes Theatre

    By: Karen Isaacs - Nov 15th, 2019

    It may not be totally successful, but a Tracy Letts play, particularly one performed by members of the Steppenwolf company, is always an interesting evening in the theater.

  • Mallon’s Fellow Travelers

    Boston Lyric Opera

    By: Doug Hall - Nov 15th, 2019

    Boston Lyric Opera has once again successfully adapted and tackled politically and socially topical subjects in “Fellow Travelers”, an opera by Gregory Spears with Libretto by Greg Pierce. It is based on the best-selling novel by Thomas Mallon.

  • Berkies 2019

    Fourth Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 13th, 2019

    On a night that was colder than a witch's tit the faithful packed the pews of Zion Lutheran Church in Pittefield. We gathered for the fourth annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. Because the heating system failed baby it was cold inside. But an evening in honor of great theatre proved to be a stellar and heart warming occasion.

  • Druid Shakespear's Richard III at Lincoln Center

    White Lights Festival's Garry Hynes Brilliant Production

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 10th, 2019

    The Lincoln Center White Lights Festival is presenting DruidShakespeare: Richard III, directed by the inimitable Garry Hynes. This play is odd for Shakespeare, who later would carefully etch the development of each character. Here we immediately meet Richard. Hynes has Aaron Monaghan rise from the grave into which all, or rather most of the people he murders or sets up for death, get dumped over the course of the evening.

  • Manon Lescaut By Puccini

    Produced by San Francisco Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Nov 11th, 2019

    Manon Lescaut holds some curious distinctions within the Puccini canon. Chronologically, the third of his nine full-length operas, the first two were failures. This was his only opera lauded at its conception by critics and audiences alike.

  • Chicago Actor Larry Neumann Jr.

    Conversation with Nancy Bishop

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 11th, 2019

    Larry Neumann Jr. is known as one of Chicago’s finest character actors. I have seen him in a wide variety of roles in the 30-plus years I’ve been a Chicago theatergoer and critic. We met at a coffee shop on Irving Park Road near his rehearsal location. It was fun to get reacquainted with Larry and talk about this new role and his career.

  • Bishop on Broadway

    Coverage During NY ATCA Conference

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 09th, 2019

    I spent a long weekend in New York, including a meeting of the American Theater Critics Association. Busy days but time for theater at night, of course. Somehow I managed to stay on Broadway (or close) for five plays. Here are mini-reviews of the plays I saw.

  • Arnold Trachtman Boston Protest Artist at 89

    A Formidable Legacy of Social Concern

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 09th, 2019

    An exhibition of Vietnam protest paintings by Arnold Trachtman was censored and closed by the admninistration of Harvard University. We remounted it at the Institute of Contemporary Art then on Soldier's Field Road. That formed a professional and personal relationship. He was a part of a niche of major Boston artists that existed out of the mainstream, Yesterday he passed away in Cambridge at 89.

  • Derren Brown - Secret

    Cort Theatre, Broadway

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Nov 08th, 2019

    The Master Illusionist, Derren Brown, currently excites audiences at the Cort Theatre on Broadway with his extra ordinary performance in SECRET. He and his show have been imported from London's West End and promise sold out performances for a very long time. Who would not like to be thoroughly entertained and perplexed at still reasonable Broadway prices?

  • ATCA NY Conference 2019

    Day of Panels at MCC Theatre

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 08th, 2019

    Located in the belly of the beast the annual Anerican Theatre Critics Association New York conferences consistently feature superb programming. The best and brightest of American theatre are as accessible as a phone call and cab ride away. This year a day of panels were held for some 60 national members and guests at the new MCC theatre complex. Where else can you encounter a Pulitzer winning playwright interviewed by a fellow Pulitzer Prize winner. The panels. convened from 9 to 5, were varied, provactive and galvanic.

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