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Carmina Burana

Lots of choruses bookend their seasons, either at the beginning in the fall or at the end in spring, with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  Although conceived as an opera and first staged as one in 1937 it’s rarely done that way now and little is lost treating it as an oratorio; it’s Orff’s spectacular choruses that pull […]

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Edwin Crossley-Mercer – Dubai & Schumann

Edwin Crossley-Mercer is having a very busy summer. After a recital in Dubai at the “One & Only Mirage Resort” on May 30th (the recital was called “It’s All About Love” and featured love songs in German, Russian, French, and English), Edwin returns France where he sings Robert Schumann’s rarely programmed “Paradise and the Peri” […]

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Edwin Crossley-Mercer & The Magic Flute

Edwin Crossley-Mercer gets a rave for his Paris performance in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”!   Here’s a link to the full review. The good part about Edwin “heartily applauds” his knack for Viennese humor, which is very high praise from the French (who never really forgave the Viennese for Marie Antoinette, or for inventing the croissant). 

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Christmas Carol 2014

For the last twenty years or so, it’s been the Linton family custom to write a new carol during Advent and sing it together on Christmas Eve.  Sometimes the texts are new (as in the case last year’s carol, “Winter’s Song” with a text by Joseph Bottum) but more frequently they are settings of old, […]

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Salvador Dali & Brian Sewell

Ultra Violet became Salvador Dali’s mistress when she first arrived in New York and she had a number of poignant things to say about the artist (none, at least in my hearing, at all mean spirited).  Brian Sewell is one of Britain’s most insightful art critics, and his “Dirty Dali” is not the story of his […]

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Bonnaroo Day 2 & 3

Bonnaroo is a marathon not a sprint! This comment was barked at me yesterday from the “What Stage”, and now that I am about to complete the four day festival, I agree. Dehydration? Check. Muscle cramps? Check. Great/Surprise performances? Check and Check. Day 2 12:30~ St. Paul & The Broken Bones 2:30~ Dr. Dog 3:30~ […]

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Strauss & Capriccio

Near the end of his life, Richard Strauss wrote one of the most hauntingly beautiful and intellectually profound works of the Twentieth Century:  “Capriccio, A Conversation in Music”.  Premiered in Munich in 1942, literally in the middle of the Second World War, Strauss’ opera is utterly indifferent to politics.  It is a meditation, frequently highly ironic, upon the […]

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