4 months ago | Classical Music
Plenty of great composers moved to the United States, but does anyone have a more striking story of immigration than the French-born Edgard Varese? Hailed by his elders — including Debussy and Strauss — as Europe’s greatest young composer, with mo...
5 months ago | Theater
Bright Star is a slickly produced, well-cast musical with superb arrangements by August Eriksmoen, great playing from a bluegrass band augmented by strings, and two catchy numbers by the music writers, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. But there’s a...
5 months ago | Opera
If you Photoshop hipster glasses on Giacomo Puccini for your company’s logo — as Pacific Opera Project did — you’d better be able to do him justice when you produce his operas. Known for irreverently updating classics, POP has a new production of ...
6 months ago | Opera
It’s not a musical — there’s no dialogue between the songs. It’s not a traditional opera — there are no musical transitions from one emotional moment to the next. Composer John Adams calls I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky a “son...
10 months ago | Opera
To the uninitiated, attending an opera seems daunting and, well, strange. They imagine quietly devout audience members, leaning forward in their chair, enraptured by gorgeous music. Or perhaps they envision snoring people, slumped back in their se...
11 months ago | Classical Music
Is there any instrument in classical music with more mystique than a violin made by Antonio Stradivari? Sherlock Holmes owned and played one. A critically well-received film, The Red Violin, was inspired by a Strad. The recent story of a Milwaukee...