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Felicia Finley at Green Room 42. (photo courtesy feliciafinley.com)
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Felicia Finley in Backwoods to Broadway

Billed as An Audacious Cabaret, a marvelous performance was delivered by Felicia Finley in Backwoods to Broadway at Manhattan’s Green Room 42. This live performance was also presented in a live-streamed format.

The Irish Tenors. Photo courtesy of theirishtenorsmusic.com
Music Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

The Irish Tenors

The Irish Tenors performed A Family Christmas on their 25th Anniversary Tour at The Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in a setting reverberating with the majestic voices and music of angels.

Gus Solomons Jr., Derrick Arthur, Daniel Pettrow, Macy Sullivan, and Kristen Foote in Peter & the Wolf at the Guggenheim. Photo: Dan Holl
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

Peter and the Wolf by Works & Process

Charming only begins to describe Peter & the Wolf by Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Originally commissioned by the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow in 1936, tonight’s performance was curated and narrated by the inimitable stage luminary Isaac Mizrahi. Prokofiev’s musical masterpiece came to life through Mizrahi’s delightful repartée, a coterie of splendid musicians, superb dancers, and sublime costuming. The lighting, sound, and set design were fabulous.

David Bernard conducts The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in Transcendent Triumph. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

Transcendent Triumph and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2

Tonight’s concert, Transcendent Triumph and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 was suitably billed as the Full InsideOut Concerts™ Experience. This performance by David Bernard and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony honored Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece of Russian romantic music with its soaring emotional heights and virtuosic writing. Bernard’s informative introductions and work with children help educate current and future audiences on symphonic music’s beauty, magnificence, and importance.

Angels of Many Signs. (Image by Saya Woolfalk)
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

Angel of Many Signs

The New York Choral Society presented Angel of Many Signs, a superb digital, instrumental, choral, and visual art synthesis. This production was billed as “a multi-media and multi-disciplinary concert bridging centuries of feminine imagination and power.”

Jay Campbell, Cello and Conor Hanick, Piano at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Photo from 92NY.org
Chamber Music
Edward A Kliszus

Jay Campbell, Cello, and Conor Hanick, Piano

Jay Campbell, cello, and Conor Hanick, piano, performed at the prestigious 92nd Street Y in New York. With a large contingency in attendance, the duo opened with Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata (1915). In the Debussy, the duo captured the work’s stunning display of the beauty and versatility of the cello. The Cello Sonata (1915) fits the impressionist period with its fluid, non-linear musical forms and harmonic language. With aplomb, Campbell aptly evoked the intended mood, atmosphere, and tonal structures. Hanick concurred musically as he played the magnificent concert grand piano with sublime facility.

Herb Alpert at MPAC on Opening Night Reviews. Courtesy of HerbAlpert.com
Music Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

Herb Alpert at MPAC

Continuing the Summer Concert series of outstanding sold-out performances, Mayo Performing Art Center (MPAC) in Morristown NJ presented iconic trumpeter Herb Alpert and his Grammy-winning vocalist wife Lani Hall in their 2023 North American tour.

Amber Gray. Courtesy of Victoria L. Dammer
Cabaret
Victoria L. Dammer

Amber Grey at 54 Below

Full of exuberant energy, Gray opened the show with the moving musical piece Devil’s Gonna Rise Up, written by Abigail and Shaun Bengson. Gray’s musical director, Cody Owen Stine, accompanied her on the accordion. The song is a haunting, almost spiritual tune, showcased in The National Theatre of Scotland’s performance of Anything That Gives Off Light. That show was created in response to the Scottish independence referendum several years ago and involved the Scottish-US relationship throughout history. Gray’s style of singing gave the song great depth.

Three Dog Night. Courtesy of Katharine Boyle Photography
Music Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

Three Dog Night at MPAC

The vibe in Morristown is always buzzing, but this weekend, the Mayo Performing Art Center (MPAC) increased the frenzy by presenting another spectacular shown in its Summer Concerts series line-up, Three Dog Night, featuring singer/songwriter Chris Trapper up first.

L-R: Joanna Vladyka-Mezzo Soprano, Aaron Blake-Tenor, Cristina Maria Castro-Soprano, Mario Dioza Moresco-Baritone, Maggie Finnegan-Soprano. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

On Site Opera presents The Magic Flute

The On Site Opera production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute was a night of magical enchantment, charismatic strains, and sublime artistry. Moreover, the characters roamed about the garden and interacted with the audience, creating an intimate, immersive experience nearly impossible in a concert hall. With superb singing, a refined but effectual musical accompaniment of piano, and two accomplished flutists, listeners were transported to a mythical realm of captivating imagination and charm. The audience’s experience was transformative, transcending into the boundaries of reality through engagement in the rich tapestry of the opera’s narrative, characters, and music.

Felicia Finley in Backwoods to Broadway

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