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Michael Tilson Thomas. Photo by Kristen Loken.

Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs Seeger, Berg & Beethoven with Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas

Contrast was stark in the concert which Michael Tilson Thomas led with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The first half displayed two radically dissonant pieces from the 1930s — Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Andante for Strings and Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, while the second half was devoted to Beethoven’s classic Symphony No. 3 (the Eroica). You could make […]

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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Temple Theaters

Temple University Department of Theater’s production of the Pulitzer Prize winner Our Town would have pleased its author, Thornton Wilder. This American classic was written in the early 20th century to be performed with minimal sets and few props. Directed by Douglas C. Wager, Temple’s production stays true to the source and is poignant and thought-provoking. The […]

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Maryland Opera Studio to Premiere University of MD’s Opera Composition Contest Winner ‘The Young King’ on Friday, 2/10@7:30 PM at The Clarice

The first-year members of the Maryland Opera Studio present a semi-staged New Work Reading every year, but this year’s reading is unique. On February 10, the Maryland Opera Studio premieres the winning composition of the inaugural University of Maryland (UMD) Opera Composition Contest: Martin Hennessy and librettist Tom Rowan’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story The Young […]

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Review: ‘Shades’ at Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC

“I tell you, War is Hell.” So declared Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman in his 1879 address to the graduating class of the Michigan Military Academy. In Shades, a New York premiere presented by VIDCAPT in the studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, writer Paula J. Caplan considers the hellish aftermath of war on 20th-century […]

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In the Moment: Wolf Trap and the NSO Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Parks Service on Friday, 7/1

American epic grandeur will be visible and heard at Wolf Trap when the National Symphony Orchestra presents America the Beautiful in a grand pre-July 4th event. There will be breath-taking large-scale images that many will instantly recognize from travels or iconic photographs and movies. They are icons of America’s natural beauty from various National Parks around […]

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Review: ‘Advance Always: A Celebration of Frank Battisti and Garwood Whaley’ at The Kennedy Center

The Baldwin Wallace University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (BWUSWE), conducted by Dr. Brendan Caldwell, and the Bishop Ireton Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Randall Eyles, performed the concert Advance Always: A Celebration of Frank Battisti and Garwood Whaley at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Concert Hall last night. The concert, which […]

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National Chamber Ensemble Presents ‘American Landscape’ This Saturday 3/12@7:30 PM at The Rosslyn Spectrum

National Chamber Ensemble Presents ‘American Landscape’ This Saturday 3/12@7:30 PM at The Rosslyn Spectrum, Doors Open for seating at 7:00 PM Join us in Celebrating Great Music of American Composers of the Past and Present at NCE’s Concert: AMERICAN LANDSCAPE  Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre NCE proudly celebrates International Women’s Day all week […]

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Review: ‘Cold Mountain’ at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia

Charles Frazier’s 1997 award-winning best-selling debut novel, adapted into an Oscar-winning feature film starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger in 2003, is now a new American opera. Cold Mountain, with music by Philadelphia-based Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon and libretto by Gene Scheer, is currently celebrating its east-coast premiere at Opera Philadelphia, in […]

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Aaron Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ at The In Series

In their Americas season, the In Series tackles the quintessentially American composer Aaron Copland and his only and almost entirely unknown opera The Tender Land. Horace Everett wrote the libretto for this piece inspired by photos of share croppers during the Great Depression. It was originally written for television – something that can be said […]

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The President’s Own United States Marine Band: ‘Time Capsule 1945: The 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII’ at Strathmore

The main emotion I felt last night at Strathmore, while I watched The President’s Own United States Marine Band, was pride. These very talented musicians gave up the chance for a professional career to join the armed forces. Many of them have served tours of duty. More than a few have been in the marines more than […]

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National Chamber Ensemble: ‘Mother’s Day Concert: American Classics’ at Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere

The National Chamber Ensemble finished its 2013-2014 season (the biggest season in its history) in grand style with a concert that included classical favorites, a DC premiere, great jazz standards, a Chinese jazz suite, and a group of amazingly talented and fun musicians. It was just exceptional! The featured guest artist for the evening was […]

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Interview with Army Sergeant First Class Julie Boehler, Principal Timpanist of the US Army Band-“Pershing’s Own” by Marlene Hall

Sergeant First Class Julie Angelis Boehler is the Principal Timpanist of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” In 2003, she became the first female Timpanist to serve in The U.S. Army Band. She began her career as a percussionist in the Ceremonial Band after winning an audition in early 1997. Her unit is comprised of highly-skilled musicians, most […]

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