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Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchesra at Bryant Park. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

American Symphony Orchestra and the Roaring 20s

The conductor and music director of the ASO, Maestro Leon Botstein, came to the stage. Building anticipation for the concert, he explained that tonight’s program featured musical works of American composers from the Roaring 20s. Botstein delivered a mini musicology introduction for each work. His words thus inspired listeners and brought the music to life, making it relevant, tangible, and understandable.

In The Trenches. by Rachel Graham:RDGPhotography
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

In The Trenches

In the Trenches is fun and one feels just a bit sorry to see young adults leave behind their single, childless lives. But they muddle through and discover that raising a family is rewarding, time is fleeting and precious, and your single friends will have to deal with you and your yoga pants, PTA meetings, trips to the mall, a barking lab, and dinner moved up from 10 pm to 5 pm.

A visual representation of Polyphonic and A Capella music inspired by the Counter Reformation. Digital art by Edward Kliszus
Music Appreciation
Edward A Kliszus

The Counter Reformation

Some think 17th-century music is ancient, stuffy, or irrelevant, but polyphony and a capella music can touch the most cynical heart!

Alexa Tarantino. Photo: Anna Yatskevich
Jazz
Edward A Kliszus

Alexa Tarantino Quartet

The Alexa Tarantino Quartet made the scene at the Birdland Jazz club. Alto saxophonist Tarantino brings the Bird back to Birdland with her smooth, mellow sound. She’s cool, relaxed, and versatile as she solos and trades with the best of them, allowing everyone to speak their own musical voices to songs in a great groove. She draws us into her world of energy, excitement, and romance. Her sound is soulful, rich, and as subtle and formidable as she commands.

Natalie Douglas Photo credt: Lynn Redmile
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Natalie Douglas

The audience was packed with Douglas’ loyal followers. As she introduced songs and told anecdotes of her mingling with the likes of Dolly Parton, Lena Horne, or Roberta Flack, people nodded and smiled in affirmation. She projects a sentimental, nostalgic, and caring persona and each song she sings creates a warm, safe, embracing space. Balancing her view of life through song is her sense of humor, a sweet smile, and joie de vivre.

Hark Hark - Madrigal in G by Thomas Linley the younger. Public Domain
Music Appreciation
Edward A Kliszus

Madrigal Music

Be inspired by the timeless beauty of Madrigal music from the Renaissance period. Its intricate and polyphonic vocal harmonies have been admired for centuries, and the music of its most renowned composers is simply breathtaking!

Monodic and polyphonic compositions. Polyphony in Music. Public Domain
Music Appreciation
Edward A Kliszus

Polyphony in Music

Polyphonic in Music is the art of creating multiple independent melodic lines, each with its own rhythm, and is an inspirational and timeless technique. From the Renaissance to the 20th century and beyond, great composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Debussy have dazzled audiences with their intricate and beautiful polyphonic works.

L-R Darius De Haas, Seth Rudetsky, Natalie Wachen, and Sharon Catherine Brown, at Café Carlyle. Photo by Julia Silverstein
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Seth Rudetsky Presents DREAMGIRLS at Café Carlyle

Seth Rudesky hosted an event at Café Carlyle that, in the annals of theater, shall remain a night of incredible music, cherished remembrances, personal anecdotes, and Broadway history told by the artists who live it. It was indeed a biographical sojourn of epic artistic proportions.

The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Presents Between Sea and Sky: Debussy's Painters and Poets. Photo by Matt Dine
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

Between Sea and Sky: Debussy’s Painters and Poets

Experiencing the ineffable, expressive unfolding of the music while seated among the musicians was, without exaggeration, an exalted, rapturous, and elegiac pluradimensional experience. The blinding radiance and pathos of these moments were to reoccur in the Symphony’s successive musical offerings slated for this evening.

Richard C. Walter at Chelsea Table and Stage

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