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Review: The ‘Next Generation’ Is Showcased By the NY Phil

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, April 23, 2017

Three vital young musicians, as a group representing a younger demographic from which this audience might be accustomed to hearing en masse, helmed a concert by the New York Philharmonic that was ...

Review: Don’t Let This Parade Pass You By – Midler Opens in ‘Hello Dolly!’

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 22, 2017

Entertainment legend Bette Midler arrives boldly on Broadway following a fifty-year career that would shame the bloomers off the character she takes on. Midler inhabits Dolly Gallagher Levi effortlessly in this ...

Tanglewood Is Building For the Future—Literally

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, April 21, 2017

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home away from Boston, Tanglewood Music Center, is located in the Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, MA. Recently an exciting and eagerly awaited announcement ...

Review: The 'Next Generation' Is Showcased By the NY Phil

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, April 23, 2017 Three vital young musicians, as a group representing a younger demographic from which this audience might be accustomed to hearing en masse, helmed a concert by the New York Philharmonic that was extraordinarily gratifying, both in concept and execution. ...

Review: Don't Let This Parade Pass You By - Midler ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 22, 2017 Entertainment legend Bette Midler arrives boldly on Broadway following a fifty-year career that would shame the bloomers off the character she takes on. Midler inhabits Dolly Gallagher Levi effortlessly in this revival of the classic American musical, Hello ...

Tanglewood Is Building For the Future—Literally

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, April 21, 2017 The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home away from Boston, Tanglewood Music Center, is located in the Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, MA. Recently an exciting and eagerly awaited announcement was made by the BSO and Music Director ...

Review: 'Citizen Jane: Battle for the City' Provides Perspective on ...

By Annika Andersson, Contributing Writer, April 21, 2017 If you've ever admired lower Manhattan's picturesque brownstones (and who hasn't), you might want to send a grateful thought to activist Jane Jacobs that they are still here. Matt Tyrnauer’s new documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City ...

Revisiting (and Revising) Home: 'Marsden Hartley’s Maine' at the ...

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April  20, 2017 What’s most interesting about the stark, expressive works featured in “Marsden Hartley’s Maine,” on display at the Met Breuer through June 18, is the interplay between representation and memory. For Hartley, Maine was a place to leave in ...

Jazz Notes: 4 Stars for Guitarist Ralph Towner's New ECM Solo ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, April 19, 2017 It’s been more than ten years since guitarist Ralph Towner’s last solo album, but his latest release on ECM, My Foolish Heart, has made the wait worth it. On this album, Towner seeks out the delicate interplay ...

Art and Nature Mix at the New York Botanical Gardens

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017 Dale Chihuly is considered to be one of the finest artists working in glass today. His site-specific installations at art institutions, public spaces and gardens across the world have brought attention to its beauty, as well as respect ...

Review: Not Just the Same Old: 'Groundhog Day' on Broadway

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017 The main challenge of a musical based on a movie about the same day happening over and over? How to make it not annoying and repetitive. The creators of Groundhog Day have avoided these pitfalls and made a winsome ...

Review: Women Attempting to Escape the Tyranny of Men in ...

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017 Two parts of Henry Naylor’s trilogy of one-act plays, Arabian Nightmares, are now being presented at the Theaters at 59E59. These two one-acts, Angel and Echoes, both received awards from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival when they were presented ...

Review: Sutton Foster Brings Her Artistry to Lincoln Center's American ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017 When two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster came out onstage she was greeted with a roar of boisterous applause before saying a word or uttering a note; her fans who filled Alice Tully Hall immediately showed her their love. Lincoln Center's ...

Review: ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’ Provides Perspective on NYC’s Urban Development

By Annika Andersson, Contributing Writer, April 21, 2017

If you’ve ever admired lower Manhattan’s picturesque brownstones (and who hasn’t), you might want to send a grateful thought to activist Jane Jacobs that they are still here. Matt ...

Revisiting (and Revising) Home: ‘Marsden Hartley’s Maine’ at the Met Breuer

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April  20, 2017

What’s most interesting about the stark, expressive works featured in “Marsden Hartley’s Maine,” on display at the Met Breuer through June 18, is the interplay between representation and memory. For ...

Jazz Notes: 4 Stars for Guitarist Ralph Towner’s New ECM Solo Album ‘My Foolish Heart’

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, April 19, 2017

It’s been more than ten years since guitarist Ralph Towner’s last solo album, but his latest release on ECM, My Foolish Heart, has made the wait worth it. On this album, Towner seeks out the delicate ...

Art and Nature Mix at the New York Botanical Gardens

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017

Dale Chihuly is considered to be one of the finest artists working in glass today. His site-specific installations at art institutions, public spaces and gardens across the world have brought attention to its ...

Review: Not Just the Same Old: ‘Groundhog Day’ on Broadway

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017

The main challenge of a musical based on a movie about the same day happening over and over? How to make it not annoying and repetitive. The creators of Groundhog Day have avoided these pitfalls and ...

Review: Women Attempting to Escape the Tyranny of Men in ‘Angel’ and ‘Echoes’ at 59E59

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017

Two parts of Henry Naylor’s trilogy of one-act plays, Arabian Nightmares, are now being presented at the Theaters at 59E59. These two one-acts, Angel and Echoes, both received awards ...

Review: Sutton Foster Brings Her Artistry to Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017

When two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster came out onstage she was greeted with a roar of boisterous applause before saying a word or uttering a note; her fans who filled Alice Tully Hall immediately showed her ...

Art Break: Other Hats—Icelandic Printmaking

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017

You think you know Iceland because you watch Game of Thrones? Well, the gorgeous landscape is only part of the story — the arts scene there is lively, interesting, and with a terrific variety of ...

Review: ‘Cuisine and Confessions’ Dazzles Audience With Honesty and Acrobatics

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 14, 2017

Walking into NYU’s Skirball Center I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that Cuisine and Confessions, the latest show from the group called The 7 Fingers (directed by Shana Carroll and ...

Review: ‘Oslo’ Is A Trip Worth Taking

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 14, 2017

Who would ever have thought that history presented on stage could be so compelling?

Oh yeah, Lin-Manuel Miranda and that little musical called Hamilton thought so. And also J.T. Rogers in ...

Review: The Met’s New ‘Rosenkavalier’ Moves Timelessly Forward with a Timeless Renée Fleming

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 14, 2017

After nearly fifty years, the Metropolitan Opera has staged a crisp, colorful, audacious and ultimately elegant new production of Richard Strauss’s touching comedy, Der Rosenkavalier. And in it the ...

The Berkshire Theatre Group Prepares For an Entertaining Summer Season

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, April 13, 2017

What do famous Hollywood legends and current film stars have in common with Western Massachusetts? A history and a connection to the Berkshire Theatre Group. Gracing the stage of the Colonial Theatre from when it ...

A Superstar Makes a Life Change — a Conversation with Soprano Renée Fleming

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 12, 2017

Tomorrow night, the opera superstar Renée Fleming comes to the Metropolitan Opera House in what will be her final performances as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Fleming, ...

Canada In Full Bloom: Spring Festivals Highlighting the Season

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2017

As we move into spring, Canada is coming alive with a colourful array of events and festivals to celebrate the season, as well as its own

Jazz Notes: The Young Legend of the Hammond B-3—Joey DeFrancesco Continues to Revitalize the Power and Grace of the Organ in Jazz With His New Album ‘Project Freedom’

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 12, 2017

The first time I saw Joey DeFrancesco play the Hammond B-3 organ he was 22 and performing the globe with the electrifying guitarist John McLaughlin’s trio called The Free Spirits. The band, including ...

Artexpo Is Back—And It’s Bigger Than Ever at Pier 94

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 11, 2017

Artexpo New York is the art fair that explodes all your ideas about art: that it’s too expensive, too precious, ordinary people can’t or don’t own original work from an artist and have no access to the art ...

Review: San Francisco Symphony Is ‘Gripping and Wondrous’ at Carnegie Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, April 10, 2017

In 1940, Béla Bartók and his family fled Hungary and fascism for the United States. By 1943, he was impoverished, in poor health, and in despair over his composing career. Fortunately for all of us, ...

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