Gaga and Storm have, to Storm's detriment, eerily similar vocal power and tone. Likely a coincidence too, both albums were released within days of each other -- a seemingly dangerous move -- essentially putting Storm up against the megastar Gaga.
The legendary Bart Cook was on hand Saturday to whip Agon into shape -- that 1957 masterpiece that, after Apollo and The Four Temperaments, cemented the classic Balanchine style: cerebral, steely, stripped down.
This week I talked with my new wife, Marilyn Rosen, a symphony booking agent, about our recent marriage, which took place at Scullers Jazz Club before an intimate gathering of 80 friends and family members.
Artistic director Michael Pink has built an ensemble that deliberately eschews the cookie-cutter look of traditional ballet companies; these are dancers of striking individuality, many of whom have risen through the ranks of Milwaukee Ballet's second company.
"I managed to pull it off, but there are thousands of other people that haven't, and that's the tragedy. You try to follow a dream and it gradually pales and then you wake up and the rent is due and you don't have the funds to pay it."
Pink Martini co-founder Thomas Lauderdale recently chatted with me about his life, his musical projects and the band's upcoming Carnegie Hall appearances, which he calls "the most important performances the band will ever give."