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George Gershwin

Eating the Heart of Darkness: Written on Skin and Hamilton

John Mauceri | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
John Mauceri

And the performance deserved the standing ovation and the cheers. It would be hard to imagine a better performance by its astounding cast, the brilliant Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and its conductor, Alan Gilbert. The direction of Katie Mitchell and the design work of Vicki Mortimer and Jon Clark were all serving the same dramatic master--the story.

Summertime With the Gershwins in Larkspur, CA

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

In my little town I've seen acclaimed opera productions, Tony-winning plays, great local musicians, singers and actors -- all in a beautifully restored 1936 movie theater, the single best cultural space in Marin, as far as I'm concerned.

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel - New Recordings Include a Revitalized Classic on Vinyl LP

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Jeffrey Biegel is one of the busiest and most versatile pianists around. A Steinway Artist, he is both fiery champion of the classical repertoire and top pick among today's classical composers to debut their work.

A Starry Night of Gershwin by the Philadelphians

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

The Philadelphia Orchestra concluded their regular season in Philly, with what proved to be a triumphal sold out performances of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, a pet project of musical director Yannick Nezet Seguin.

'An American in Paris': Who Got 'Rhythm'?

Barry Singer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

These wildly over-existential ponderings were triggered by, of all things, the recently opened, widely celebrated, extravagantly beautiful, production of An American in Paris, which, as so many have been saying, really is great to look at.

Stage Door: An American In Paris

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The revamped An American in Paris, the Broadway musical at the Palace, is sui generis. There is no other musical on The Great White Way to equal it. The dance-driven production, ending with a stunning, 14-minute ballet that closes the show, is a triumph.

Want to Go to Paris? Take a Shortcut Through Broadway

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Don't get me wrong, there's no problem with being a sex worker, or a wife, or a ballerina, or a heiress if you so choose. But what the female protagonists and antagonists in Gigi and An American in Paris lack is agency in their happily ever afters.

First Nighter: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Sparks the Gershwins' 'An American in Paris'

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Christopher Wheeldon's choreography for An American in Paris, at the Palace, is so spectacular that you have to forgive anything else wrong with the production--and believe you me, there's plenty to forgive--and I mean plenty.

Patti LuPone Performs in an Intimate Concert at 54 Below (And Why We Adore Her)

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

There are performers and then there's Patti LuPone. The the two-time Tony and two-time Grammy winning superstar has astonished stage, TV and film audiences since the 1970s.

'Misia': A New Musical At Last

Barry Singer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I never knew Vernon Duke but I have been working with him for fifteen years now and I'm delighted to report that we are finally, finally, getting someplace.

The Broadway Musical Season -- Not So Dire

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Fret not for the Broadway season of new musicals, dear friends. Even if, as rumors have it, a summer (post-Tony) opening is announced for Hamilton, all is not lost for this season of Broadway musicals.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Steven's Court

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jerry Zezima

As a Connecticut Yankee born and bred -- or perhaps I should say born and white-bread, which is how most people think of Connecticut Yankees -- I have always loved history, not just because I am old enough to be historical myself, but because I could never do algebra.

"Snowmageddon" Didn't Stop Legendary Performer Tommy Tune From Enjoying His Encores

Steve Schonberg | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

"At this point in my life," Tune explained, "I'm 'the spirit of '76.'" A cunning double entendre, this phrase, taken from the American Revolution, stands for self-determination and individual liberty as well as Tune's birthday next month, when he will turn 76.

Music Lessons, Life Lessons

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

John Kuhn -- Teacher and Friend 1915-2015 "If you could be anything in the world and talent and money weren't an issue, would you still be doing w...

In Conversation With Debby Boone - Coming to Davies Hall

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.02.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"I have compassion for both sides -- people coming into the future and starting to get it. It's not about good and bad people. It's just about continuing to tell the truth and the truth will do the work."

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

Music in the Southwest Part 2: The Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Asia | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Something amazing happened in Tucson over the last weekend, when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra played an all-American program of music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Copland to open its new season.

It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

The Great Dream: An American Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

We're in for a wild ride the next few years. Some really great operas are going to be produced. The Great Dream is coming true.

Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without:

"Show Boat" - Jerome Kern's Masterpiece at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's an opera - where the ideal performer with the optimal voice is a capital match for the intentions of the composer and his lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II.

Sassy and Sophisticated: Diablo Ballet All Grown Up at 20

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.08.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

After 20 years of charming East Bay audiences, Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet tipped its hat to the past with an anniversary program that segued movingly from film clips of past performances to live performance of the same pieces, but also nodded vigorously to the future with a brand new work by resident choreographer Robert Dekkers.

'He's Not Motivated': How Can We Strengthen a Child's Effort and Motivation to Learn?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

To understand a child's lack of motivation, we need to return to first principles: Children, when they are not angry or discouraged, want to do well. They want to earn our praise and approval, and they want us to be proud of them. Children may say that they don't care, but they do care.

"We've Got Rhythm"; Max Raabe & The Palast Orchestra Return to America

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Richard Z. Chesnoff

My very favorite import (next to champagne) is back in the U.S. next week: the super-slick German-born bandleader/ crooner Max Raabe and his dapper Pa...

It's Not Just About The Goat

George Heymont | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

When my business partner and I launched Alert & Oriented Medical Transcription Services more than two decades ago, one of our early clients was a San ...