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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes -- A Sisterhood Jazz Quartet

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.18.2016 | Women
Randee Mia Berman

Fast forward about 3,000 years to Israel Horovitz' play Out of the Mouths of Babes. In this striking Cherry Lane Theatre production (www.cherrylanetheatre.org), the Babes are adults. Out of their mouths comes wit..with claws. Picture four sassy, savvy, snarky babes -- all ex-wives and lovers of the same beloved Professor -- clumped together in one Paris apartment for his funeral.

On the Shelf: Barbara Cook Tells All (and What a Tale!)

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.27.2016 | Books
Steven Suskin

Photo: Andrew Eccles Anyone who has been privileged to hear Barbara Cook in concert or cabaret over the last thirty years is aware that she talks in...

A Jersey 'West Side Story'

Barry Singer | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Right now, a trip to New Jersey can take you to the farthest reaches of Hell's Kitchen, circa 1957. I just made that ride and I wouldn't have missed i...

Jay Armstrong Johnson - In Bernstein's 'On the Town' - This Week with SF Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.25.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

As a vocal performance major, Jay became very acquainted with the advantages of staged concerts. He performed the role of Fabrizio Naccarelli in Adam Guettel's Light in the Piazza and the title role in the composer's Floyd Collins.

Classical Music on Vinyl - Like Sex For the First Time

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.11.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

New classical vinyl pressed from pre-digital, analogue recordings may be fighting a losing battle. Sales are not spectacular - non-classical vinyl has...

Ted Cruz and The Wagnerian Pause

John Mauceri | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
John Mauceri

Senator Cruz, it was frightening for a conductor to see what happened in your misjudged pregnant pauses. What works from the pulpit and the orchestra pit does not always work on the stump.

Chita Rivera's Vamp at Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

Nobody moves like Chita Rivera. With all due respect to Catherine Zeta-Jones who earned an Oscar for her film role as Velma in Chicago, with one quick...

Falling In Luft with Lorna - at Feinstein's 54 Below

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

In the 1977 hit Annie Hall, Alvy (Woody Allen) Singer stops his new cabaret singer crush Annie (Diane Keaton) Hall on the street, in an awkward attemp...

Leonard Bernstein's Batonmaker

John Mauceri | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
John Mauceri

Today we learned of the death of Dick Horowitz at the age of 91. You perhaps never heard of him. If you went to the Metropolitan Opera or listened to its broadcasts any time from 1946 until two years ago, you definitely heard Dick Horowitz.

Too Late to Take the Fifth

Daron Hagen | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

Why bother? Because, for better or worse, the symphony remains the greatest technical and aesthetic challenge and resulting statement that a serious composer can attempt outside of opera.

CultureZohn: Ode to Dudamel

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Dudamel has become the embodiment of the cultural renaissance of Los Angeles. I never tire of watching the dip in his knees when a particularly pungent musical passage comes along and then the way he rises on his toes for a fanfare. His solidarity with the youth of his troubled native country is commendable and this is where he feels his focus should be. But is the Ode to Joy Dudamel's sotto voce answer to his critics who decry his silence on Venezuela? Beethoven may have been deaf, but Dudamel is not.

Miles Davis At Newport: Chats with George Wein, David Benoit and Stevie Holland, Plus Fireships, Labor Camp and Delta Deep Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.24.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

George, you're associated with the creation of the new box set Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975. What was it like for you the first time you saw him at Newport?

Women on Top: On the Town, New York City Ballet Classic I and American Ballet Theatre's Giselle

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.27.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Broadway and ballet stages are not the usual first stop for those seeking images of female empowerment. But Friday and Saturday at Lincoln Center and ...

Against Two-Tap Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 05.14.2016 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The opera's conductor laughed when I told him. "I recall teaching one of my protégés how to use a rotary phone; he kept looking for buttons to push." "Boy or girl?" I quipped.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 6: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness (Conclusion)

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Just as we think of the films of the exceptionally gifted Leni Riefenstahl as Nazi art, so we are in an inexorable process of appreciating much of the art of Richard Wagner as such.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 5: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Instead of asking for forgiveness or otherwise expressing regret for the past, or even honestly and clearly acknowledging it, what most of these Nazi-tainted German artists have done at best, individually or collectively, is what might be called gestures of redress

A Conversation With Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet -- This Week With San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.06.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony this week in four performances of Leonard Bernstein's "Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety."

'On the Town': No Frank, No Gene, No Jules, No Problem

Barry Singer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

My daughters, Lea and Sara, ages 9 and 12, were very skeptical about On the Town as a revival. MGM's 1949 movie version is one of their absolute favorites.

Bernstein's Seemingly Simple Song

Daron Hagen | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

When I was eleven years old, my brother, who two years earlier had turned me on to Jesus Christ Superstar, played me MASS.

Human and Superhuman: Ballet San Jose in MasterPieces of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

In his warm-up speech on Saturday night, Ballet San Jose's new CEO, Alan Hineline, alerted the audience to the "superhuman level of athleticism" on display in the third and closing piece of the evening, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.

Aisle View: The 2014 10 Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This was a relatively strong year; where the canker gnaws, as good old blimey slimey Captain Hook might say, is in the musical department.

'On The Town' Is One Helluva Broadway Show

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Bronx is still up and the Battery is still down, but the rest of this delightful new Broadway revival of On the Town has been given a facelift tha...

Once More, Back On The Town

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Playgoers who haven't walked away from a Broadway musical beaming since before they can remember should head over to Times Square for On The Town, the 1944 musical which introduced Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins.

Snacks at Your Seats on Broadway, Complete With Delivery

Cara Joy David | Posted 12.14.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Forget about the fact that you're supposed to be focusing on the art form on the stage. Forget about the fact that you -- and the people sitting next to you -- have spent hundreds of dollars to see/hear the show. Having super noisy snacks is more important.

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.