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Review: ‘Aida’ at Reston Community Players

Aida bursts onto the Reston Community Players’ stage in an explosion of color and sound. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, this show, directed here by Andrew JM Regiec, seems almost too timely despite having been written over a decade ago. Aida, whose book was penned by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, […]

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Review: ‘Aida’ at Washington National Opera

Eternal, romantic love conquers all — even a jealous rival — in Verdi’s ravishingly melodic Aida, now being presented by the Washington National Opera with splendid work from all involved. Verdi’s soaring yet sensitive music pervades this production and is the prime reason for attending; indeed, the interpretation of this glorious music by the cast […]

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The Russian Chamber Art Society Hosts Its 10th Anniversary Concert at the Austrian Embassy

Mainstream classical music commentary in Washington often complains about an over-reliance on the symphonies and concertos of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff for the programming at the area’s major orchestras. But the American ear loves the Russian sound. That’s one of the ironies of the frequent geopolitical struggles between the two nations. If it’s really a problem […]

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An Interview with Isaac Solomon

On the evenings of November 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2014 Isaac Solomon performed the role of Link in Hairspray at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. I had a chance to talk with Isaac about his theatre experiences. Eric: What gave you the “initial push” to get involved with theater? Was it some event […]

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The Washington Chorus: ‘The Essential Verdi’ at The Kennedy Center

The Washington Chorus, marking the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth with a series of concerts, offered the sixth on Sunday evening, with a program of arias, scenes and choruses from his most popular operas and liturgical music conducted by Music Director Julian Wachner, and featuring 10 accomplished soloists. The concert opened with the storied “Va, pensiero” […]

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Adam Pascal at The Barbara Cook Spotlight Series at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Adam Pascal, Broadway singing and acting sensation of such past hits as Rent, Aida, and Cabaret, walked out on to the stage of The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and held the audience in the palm of his hands, with a combination of full-throttled singing, edgy banter and a distinctly urban New York City demeanor and flair. Currently starring on the […]

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Kristofer Sanz on Conducting YAA & MCYO’s ‘Madama Butterfly & Miss Saigon’ This Sunday @4 PM at Strathmore

In our final interview and article about Young Artists of America and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras’ joint production of Madama Butterfly & Miss Saigon on Sunday, March 10th at 4 PM at Strathmore, Kristofer Sanz takes us behind the scenes of conducting over 130 musicians and singers while preparing for this Sunday’s performance. Joel: We have already heard from […]

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Student Vocal Soloists of YAA & MCYO’s ‘Madama Butterly & Miss Saigon’ on 3/10@4 @ Strathmore by Joel Markowitz

Meet the the student vocal soloists (who are high school students) who will be singing the roles in Miss Saigon at Young Artists of America and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras’ production of Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon, which will be performed at The Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, March 10th at 4 PM.  The production will feature over 130 performers in […]

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