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Review: ‘Private Confessions’ at The Kennedy Center

How might one react to finding and reading their mother’s diary after her death? Did she purposely leave the diary so it would be found and read, rather than destroy it? And, how in Heaven’s name, does one react to discovering intimate details about their own mother’s long ago affair with a younger man; an […]

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Review: ‘Adam & Anthony Live’ at Strathmore

Suppose your two best friends were really talented and you invited them over to sing and tell stories and a few of your other friends found out and showed up to listen and it turned out to be a really fun, intimate evening. That would have been almost exactly like what happened at Strathmore last […]

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Review: ‘Ben Dibble: Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret)’ at the Arden Cabaret Series

Ben Dibble might be as fine a cabaret performer as anyone in that field. He demonstrated that with the presentation of Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret), produced by the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Many excellent singers have failed in their attempts at that delicate art. Cabaret demands naturalism, which requires […]

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Review: ‘The Way We Were’ at The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

Yesterday, I was privileged to see the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s extremely intimate, engaging and musically creative concert of songs entitled The Way We Were. This stimulating and captivating concert showcased the acclaimed Potomac Fever acapella group as well as the popular and larger Rock Creek Singers group. Having heard these two fine groups […]

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‘Love Rocks!’ at The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington‘s (GMCW) swinging, rhythmic, acapella-oriented Potomac Fever Musical Group and the stellar more traditionally chorale group, the Rock Creek Singers, have offered up a Valentine’s Day treat for connoisseurs of music that pulsates and jumps with vibrancy and verve. Entitled Love Rocks!, the evening presented some twenty exciting and interesting musical […]

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‘An Evening with Jason Alexander’ with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore

Jason Alexander famously known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld, is also a seasoned, Tony Award-winning (for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway) Broadway performer. Last night with the BSO at Strathmore he showed off his glorious voice. The first half of the show the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), conducted by Michael Krajewski, beautifully performed different songs […]

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Peabo Bryson’s ‘The Colors of Christmas: Bryson, Studdard, Holliday, Dayne’ at Strathmore

Holiday concerts just don’t get any better than Colors of Christmas. In a resplendent performance of Christmas classics and R&B favorites, the Strathmore Music Center’s starry-night Colors of Christmas was the perfect way to get into the holiday mood. The power-packed voices of Grammy Award-winning singing star Peabo Bryson and guest vocalists Taylor Dane, Jennifer […]

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‘Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band’ at Wolf Trap

Talk about adding to your own personal bucket list! Last night at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, a huge audience “got by with a little help from my friends” as Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band got together as one big company of harmony and music. The band’s current lineup featuresmusical luminaries Steve Lukather […]

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‘Ben Folds Solo’ at Lisner Auditorium

If piano men Elton John and Billy Joel got together to have a son, he might look and sound a lot like Ben Folds. Wait. That’s talkin’ ’bout my generation. Still, 47-year-old singer-songwriter Folds bridges the generational and stylistic gap. He sits somewhere between dweeb and hipster, blue-collar and #firstworldproblem bluesman, mixing the rollicking, honky-tonk […]

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Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Brian d’Arcy James at The Kennedy Center

With precise control and an air of cosmopolitan confidence, the prolific Brian d’Arcy James captivated The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in his unique concert Friday night.  Careening through a set of seventeen musical pieces and accompanied by the superb Music Director and pianist Dan Lipton, d’Arcy James presented a concert that alternated between show tunes […]

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‘Michael Cavanaugh: The Songs of Elton John’ With NSO Pops Conducted by Steven Reineke at The Kennedy Center by Derek Mong

Billboard calls him “the new voice of the American rock and roll songbook,” and they couldn’t have gotten it more right. Michael Cavanaugh brought a refreshing, vibrant take on some of most classic songs in the repertoire of legend Elton John—among many other iconic artists—with his rousing performance at The John F. Kennedy Center for […]

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Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, and Carlos Santana to Receive 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

MARTINA ARROYO, HERBIE HANCOCK, BILLY JOEL,SHIRLEY MACLAINE, AND CARLOS SANTANA TO RECEIVE 36TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS America to Celebrate the Careers of Five Extraordinary Artists on Sunday, December 8, 2013 Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 29, 2013 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of […]

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