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Swept Away

George Heymont | Posted 01.31.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

What do you learn when you experience something for the first time and feel like you've been launched out of your seat on a rocket? Those are moments to be treasured. Late in 2015 (a year filled with artistic highs), two performances sent me through the ceiling when I least expected it.

First Nighter: Britten's Billy Budd an Absolute Brooklyn Academy of Music Must-Hear

David Finkle | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Standing ovations are so prevalent they are meaningless. The consensus is that ticket buyers paying so much for a seat rise at curtain calls in order to convince themselves they've just gotten their money's worth. There are occasions, however, when standing O's are indisputably meaningful.