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Author Archive | Teal Ruland

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Review: ‘Stone Tape Party’ at Nu Sass Productions

It was clear when I walked into the intimate theatre that the party had already started at this 2014 Capital Fringe Festival ‘Best Comedy and Best Overall Show.’ Music was blasting, drinks were flowing, and women were bopping around on stage. It was even more fun when the cast members bantered with the audience, suggested […]

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‘The Little Prince’ at Washington National Opera

If you saw a drawing of a lumpy hat, would you assume it was just that? As an adult, you might. In the Kennedy Center’s Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera production of The Little Prince, you will learn that the hat is not really a hat at all, but a python that swallowed an […]

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‘NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas’ at The Kennedy Center

There are many types of applause one hears in a concert hall—polite clapping, raucous applause, the awkward slow clap. Felix Contreras, the host of last night’s cheerful NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas, asked the audience to demonstrate three different kinds of applause to be used for the live broadcast.  The concert-goers demonstrated ecstatic cheer with […]

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Josh Groban at Wolf Trap

Last night, Grammy-nominated, Billboard chart-topper, and actor Josh Groban dazzled a sold out audience with selections from his newest album, All That Echoes, and oldies but goodies from earlier records. The charming musician’s rich voice, backed up by the Wolf Trap Festival Orchestra and some serious percussion, rhythm, and violin, soared across Wolf Trap’s Filene […]

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National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES: symphony + dance: Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Jessica Lang Dance; with Leila Josefowicz, violin/From Adams to Copland

Last night was the first performance of the final program of The Kennedy Center’s NEW MOVES: symphony + dance festival, a two-week celebration of dance, music, community, and passion. Maestro Thomas Wilkins took the driver’s seat, exploring classic works and new Kennedy Center/NSO commissions from American composers. Last night’s performance of Michael Daugherty’s Red Cape […]

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An Interview with Eric Greene, Talise Trevigne, and Matthew Worth on The Opera ‘Moby-Dick’ at Washington National Opera by Teal Ruland

Jake Heggie’s whale of an opera, Moby-Dick, makes its east coast premiere at The Kennedy Center this evening at the Washington National Opera. Based on the famous 19th-century novel by Herman Melville and with libretto by Gene Scheer, Moby-Dick promises to be an exciting performance with incredible sets and theatrical effects. Evan Rogister conducts a […]

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Oscar Peñas at The Kennedy Center by Teal Ruland

Spanish jazz guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas made his Kennedy Center KC Jazz Club debut last evening, exhibiting his awesome fusion of classical guitar laced with smooth, jazzy, Spanish, and South American flavor. Born in Barcelona, Spain, Peñas first learned to play the nylon string guitar. Eventually, he graduated from Berklee College of Music cum […]

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Harry Connick, Jr. at Wolf Trap by Teal Ruland

  Grammy Award winner, Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee, Hollywood heartthrob, and all around dreamboat Harry Connick, Jr. took over Wolf Trap’s Filene Center last night. The talented musician, who’s been performing since the age of five, blended jazz, funk, pop, masterful piano playing, and traditional standards with his jazz band for a sold […]

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‘Pink Martini’ at Wolf Trap by Teal Ruland

When I listen to Pink Martini, I often feel that I should either be sipping a martini in a dark and cool lounge, or else drinking delicious, hot cAdd Mediaoffee outside a café in Paris on a summer day. The band’s world vibe—with lyrics in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Turkish, Greek, the list goes on—and […]

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Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell at Wolf Trap by Teal Ruland

Steve Martin, actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, and musician (take your pick of his many skills), has been strumming, plucking, and picking the banjo for over 45 years.The now 67-year-old Grammy Award winner’s show at Wolf Trap, unsurprisingly, was sold out. Screaming fans clapped, laughed, and cheered through the performance with his collaborators, the Steep […]

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‘Straight No Chaser’ at Wolf Trap by Teal Ruland

Bond likes his a cappella shaken, not stirred, Santa likes his cold and with warm cookies, and a few presidents in South Dakota like theirs (and their faces) on the rocks. Me? None of the above. But Straight No Chaser was a wonderful way to take in some amazing a cappella that left me craving […]

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‘Werther’ at Washington National Opera by Teal Ruland

On the surface, Werther is a simple “boy meet girls, boy falls in love with girl three hours later, girl marries someone else, boy dies” story. Like many operas, Werther follows the typical journey of the lovesick poet doomed to unhappiness. However, what makes this opera a gem is Jules Massenet’s lush and insightful score […]

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