Author Archive | Emily Cao


Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ in Concert at The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore

Lights, music, and… magic! Last night the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first film of the beloved franchise, to the Strathmore stage in this latest installment of their wildly popular “Movie and Music” series. Under the talented baton of guest conductor Justin Freer, the BSO performs live every note […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘soft animal. hideous heart’

Motherhood is a difficult, complicated reality, whether it is as a new mother or comprehending your own mother. It is a special, and inexplicable relationship. Robin Neveu Brown and Kevin Alan Brown have brought this abstraction to life in soft animal.hideous heart, a dance and physical theater production that incorporates storytelling, dance, music, and design. […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ’75 Lezbos, 2 Trannies, 1 Pannie, Me & Me Too!’

“The existential loss of adult everything.” A succinct, comprehensive phrase that encapsulates the purpose, prose, and poetics of “75 Lezbos, 2 Trannies, 1 Pannie, Me & Me Too!”, a one-woman monologue dramatic play written and directed by Sean Surla. Following a 10-year serious relationship with another woman, “Me” is left in confusion, shock, pain, and […]

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National Symphony Orchestra, ‘Mahler Explored’ With Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor and Leonidas Kavakos, Violin

Last night at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall marked a special evening for all – conductor, players, and audience alike. The audience, foremost, was treated to the special talents of violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos performing in the first half of the concert, Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47. Kavakos, last a soloist with […]

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington Performs ‘Bach’s Mass in B Minor’ at The Kennedy Center

The Choral Arts Society of Washington brought forth a momentous occasion to The Kennedy Center Concert Hall on yesterday afternoon with their undertaking of Johann Sebastian Bach’s legacy masterpiece, his Mass in B Minor. In its fiftieth anniversary season, the Choral Arts have decided to celebrate in fanfare with this choice of repertoire for their […]

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National Symphony Orchestra Eighty-Fourth Season Opening Ball Concert at The Kennedy Center

Last night the National Symphony Orchestra debuted its eighty-forth season in The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, one of the most anticipated musical events of the year, with a delightful evening of music and appreciation featuring guest artists Joshua Bell and Kelli O’Hara. The evening not only marks the beginning of the eighty-fourth season of the […]

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Rodrigo y Gabriela at Wolf Trap

International guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela greeted a jam-packed concert hall and lawn at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center last night, in a full evening of raw instrumental talent and innovation. Eclectic solo-artist Kishi Bashi served as the opening act of the evening. Originally a classically trained violinist, Kishi Bashi is best described now as a multi-instrumentalist […]

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BSO: ‘Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony’ at Strathmore

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra graced the Strathmore Music Center on Saturday night with the final and closing performance of their 2013 – 2014 subscription season. It was a perfect culmination to one of their most strongest and certainly most celebrated seasons thus far, in a perfect combination of elevation, poignancy, powerhouse repertoire, and sheer musical […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Wolf Trap

Be our guest, be our guest! After all, this is France and a dinner here is never second best! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Lumiere, and the sentiment is shared for the show by the packed crowd at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center to see Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast on tour last night. […]

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‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s latest production, Boeing Boeing, by French playwright Marc Camoletti with English translation by Beverley Cross, is marketed as “a non-stop comedy,” and after a packed afternoon show this past Sunday, it is surely on a non-stop trajectory to being the funniest, most charming play in the DC Metro area. The premise and […]

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‘The Magic Flute’ at Washington National Opera

Brightness and color abounded in the Kennedy Center Opera Hall on Saturday night as the Washington National Opera debuted its second-to-last show of the season: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in a truly awe-inspiring coming-together of musical, stage, and visual art. Firstly, it is critical to distinguish that this performance was not so much a concert, […]

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra featuring Itzhak Perlman at The Music Center at Strathmore

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with guest performer and conductor Itzhak Perlman graced the Strathmore concert hall last night, April 10, 2014, for an evening of mellifluous classical sound. Perlman, sporting dual hats for this performance as both violin soloist for the first portion and conductor for the second, is more than familiar with the BSO, performing […]

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