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On the Town – How To Do It Right

October 24th, 2014

by Nancy Salz

Music by Leonard Bernstein Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins Music Direction by James Moore Choreography by Joshua Bergasse Directed by John Rando Featuring: Tony Yazbeck,[...]

John Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera

October 23rd, 2014

by Huntley Dent

No one was trembling in their seats at the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer on October 20. Taking no chances, the police presence outside the h[...]

The Bard Music Festival at 25: Franz Schubert and his World

October 22nd, 2014

by Michael Miller

My leading thought goes against much of what the Bard Music Festival and my own values, for that matter, stand for. And just read Keith Francis' provocative series, The Great[...]

Worth the Trip: POE, by the Berkshire Theatre Group with David Adkins and Kate Maguire, Closing 10/26

October 18th, 2014

by Michael Miller

POE written and directed by Eric Hill Cast: David Adkins - Edgar Allan Poe Madeline Calandrillo - Maggie J. Andrew Young - Connor Kate Maguire - Mrs. O'Donnell Brian E. Plouffe - Dr. J. E. Snodgrass World Premier at The Unicorn T[...]

Berlin Philharmonic under Rattle at Carnegie Hall, October 2014 — The Russians win.

October 8th, 2014

by Michael Miller

    Carnegie Hall Berliner Philharmoniker Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8 pm Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances Stravinsky - The Firebird (complete) Sunday, October 5, 2014,| 8 pm Schumann - Symphony No. 1,[...]

Warm welcome: Andris Nelsons takes charge of the BSO

October 6th, 2014

by Lloyd Schwartz

  A Gala concert at Symphony Hall marked the first time Andris Nelsons led the Boston Symphony as its 15th Music Director (at Tanglewood this past summer, he was still Music[...]

MTT Conducts Johann Strauss Jr., Richard Strauss, Charles Ives, Lukas Foss, and György Ligeti

October 5th, 2014

by Steven Kruger

  Davies Hall, San Francisco Sunday, September 28, 2014 San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas conducting San Francisco Symphony Chorus Ragnar Bohlin, director Foss - "...then the rocks on the mountains began to shout" Charles Ives (1978) Ives[...]

The Bark and the Tree, by and starring Vivian Nesbitt, the Glory of United Solo 2013 returns on November 22, 2014, at 4 pm

October 3rd, 2014

by Michael Miller

One of the most imaginative and moving solo shows I have seen is Vivian Nesbitt's The Bark and the Tree, which won the award for Best Documentary Play at the 2013 [...]

The great Composers? Part V: Schickele Mixed Up

October 3rd, 2014

by Keith Francis

  It has been observed that there are only two kinds of music, good and bad. Duke Ellington said that if it sounds good it probably is good. Peter Schickele, the[...]

Arts Press Autumn Fundraiser — Support New York Arts and The Berkshire Review!

September 29th, 2014

by The Editor

  Please give generously to support The Arts Press publications, New York Arts and The Berkshire Review! "I just spent about an hour browsing through your Berkshire Review and am staggered at its breadth and de[...]

New York Un-Seen: A Gallery

September 29th, 2014

by Michael Miller

When you walk the streets of New York, do you see strange things? Do the familiar signs, window displays, and doorways that structure reality for us because of our needs[...]

Joanna Gabler's New York

September 29th, 2014

by Joanna Gabler

  Joanna Gabler, after many years of working as a painter in oils—a medium she continues to explore—and in straight photography, first attempted to combine her different visions in digital photography in [...]

David Hoose to Conduct Three Programs with the Symphony Orchestra Boston University, beginning Tuesday, September 30 with Beethoven's Eroica and Sibelius' Fourth Symphony

September 29th, 2014

by The Editor

Symphony Orchestra Boston University  David Hoose, conductor     Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor (1911)   Tuesday, September 30, 8:00 pm Tsai Performance Center admission free   The first of three programs responding to the conditions of war in the 20th cen[...]

The Greatness of Reger—as Revealed by Paul Jacobs, Organist, at Juilliard

September 26th, 2014

by Michael Miller

  Paul Hall at The Juilliard School Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8 pm Organist Paul Jacobs in Recital Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Max Reger - Fantasy and Fugue on BACH, Op. 46 J. S. Bach -[...]

Living “City”! ...at Odyssey Opera, Boston

September 26th, 2014

by Lloyd Schwartz

Die tote Stadt Music by Ludwig Erich Korngold Libretto by Paul Schott (pseudonym of Erich and Julius Korngold), after the novel Bruges-la-Morte by Georges Rodenbach Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30pm Jordan Hall at New England[...]

Mostly Mozart, Hold the Mozart: the International Contemporary Ensemble and Ellie Dehn perform Fujikura, Zorn, Lucier, and Messiaen at the Park Avenue Armory

September 22nd, 2014

by Michael Miller

  International Contemporary Ensemble Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:30 pm Park Avenue Armory Dai Fujikura - Minina (New York premiere) John Zorn - Baudelaires (New York premiere) Alvin Lucier - Chamber Olivier Messiaen (arr. Cliff Colnot) - Chants [...]

Summer Retrospective: Donizetti and Verdi at Caramoor 2014 (with a look back to 2013)

September 19th, 2014

by Michael Miller

  The lattest upheavals in San Diego and New York have, as you might expect, stirred up another raft of "death of opera" articles in the press. Clichéd automatic reactions to [...]

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

September 19th, 2014

by Mari Gold

At one point in the entirely delightful Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, Ira Glass observes that Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass imbue their performances with personality just[...]

Richard Long, Heaven and Earth, at the Tate Britain, 3 June – 6 September 2009

September 10th, 2014

by Giselle Barcia

A curious map hangs in the second room of Heaven and Earth, the new Richard Long exhibit at the Tate Britain in London, which opened on June 3. From afar,[...]

Benjamin Grosvenor Plays Ravel with MTT and the San Francisco Symphony. Romeo and Juliet from Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev and a Dash of Stravinsky

September 9th, 2014

by Steven Kruger

Davies Hall, San Francisco Saturday, September 6, 2014 The San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor Benjamin Grosvenor, piano Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major Stravinsky - Scherzo à la r[...]

The Other Mozart, written by Sylvia Milo - performed by the Austrian actress Julia Rosa Stöckl at the HERE Arts Center, NYC

September 6th, 2014

by Michael Miller

  The Other Mozart written by Sylvia Milo and acted by Julia Rosa Stöckl at the HERE Arts Center, NYC, June 22 – July 12 Performed by Julia Rosa Stöckl Sun, June 22 at 4 pm; [...]

Lorin Maazel: a Few post Mortem Memories and Reflections

September 4th, 2014

by Steven Kruger

  I wish I had thought of it first: "The Man Who Knew Too Much.” That was how the papers received Lorin Maazel's death. And it’s a telling remark for anyone who[...]

Arts Press Autumn Fundraiser — Support New York Arts and The Berkshire Review!

September 1st, 2014

by The Editor

  Please give generously to support The Arts Press publications, New York Arts and The Berkshire Review! "I just spent about an hour browsing through your Berkshire Review and am staggered at its breadth and de[...]

Boyhood

August 27th, 2014

by Lucas Miller

If Richard Linklater were anonymous, one of those painters who never signed their work, maybe he’d be known as The Master of the Gimmick. His first film, Slacker, tracked talk l[...]

Women Abandoned and Operas Revised for Better and Worse: Glimmerglass Opera, 2014 (Part 2)

August 16th, 2014

by Seth Lachterman

An American Tragedy Music by Tobias Picker Libretto by Gene Scheer, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser Conductor George Manahan Director Peter Kazaras Choreographer Eric Sean Fogel Sets Alexander Dodge Costumes Anya Klepikov Lighting Robert Wierzel Projected Titles Kelley [...]

Charles Dutoit triumphs in Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony, with Kirill Gerstein in Beethoven

August 14th, 2014

by Michael Miller

Davies Hall, San Francisco June 6, 2014 San Francisco Symphony Charles Dutoit, conductor Kirill Gerstein, piano Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 19 Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. [...]

Women Abandoned and Operas Revised for Better and Worse:  Glimmerglass Opera, 2014 (Part I)

August 10th, 2014

by Seth Lachterman

  Whether by intention or not, each of the three brilliant productions at Glimmerglass this summer feature profligate cads driving themselves and the women they profess to love to suicide, murder,[...]

Wind and Tree, a Three-screen Dance-video by Abe Abraham

August 9th, 2014

by Mari Gold

Wind and Tree Three-screen dance-video July 27, 2014: Jack, 505 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, NY Director and Choreographer - Abe Abraham with Megumi Eda, Caitlin Abraham, Mina Lawton, Kevin Petite, Jake Warren, Abe Abraham and[...]

Arts Press Autumn Fundraiser — Support New York Arts and The Berkshire Review!

August 1st, 2014

by The Editor

  Please give generously to support The Arts Press publications, New York Arts and The Berkshire Review! "I just spent about an hour browsing through your Berkshire Review and am staggered at its breadth and de[...]

John Banville's Love in the Wars after Kleist's Penthesilea at Bard Summerscape

August 1st, 2014

by Michael Miller

Love in the Wars A Version of Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea by John Banville Ken Rus Schmoll - Director Marsha Ginsberg - Set Designer Oana Botez - Costume Designer Tyler Micoleau - Lighting Designer Dave Bova -[...]

Kevin Newbury talks to Michael Miller about his production of Weber's Euryanthe at Bard Summerscape

July 23rd, 2014

by Michael Miller

  For its annual opera, Bard Summerscape has chosen Carl Maria von Weber's seldom performed masterpiece, Euryanthe. Der Freischütz had been a great success at the Kärtnerthortheater in Vienna at its p[...]

A Shakespeare Double-Bill at the American Ballet Theater: Ashton's The Dream and Ratmansky's The Tempest

July 22nd, 2014

by Mari Gold

  American Ballet Theater Metropolitan Opera House June 30, 2014 The Dream Music by Felix Mendelssoh Choreography by Frederick Ashton Sets and Costumes by David Walker Lighting Design by John B. Read The Young People's Chorus of New[...]

John Banville talks to Michael Miller about Love in the Wars, his English adaptation of Kleist's Penthesilea

July 15th, 2014

by Michael Miller

  John Banville and Michael Miller discuss Love in the Wars, his free English adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist's play, Penthesilea, with a digression about the rest of Mr. Banville's work,[...]

Arts Press Summer Fundraiser — Support New York Arts and The Berkshire Review!

July 8th, 2014

by Arts Press

  Please give generously to support The Arts Press publications, New York Arts and The Berkshire Review! "I just spent about an hour browsing through your Berkshire Review and am staggered at its breadth and de[...]


  • A Singer’s Notes 98: No Amontillado, just Ale
    The much-maligned poetry of Edgar Allan Poe still bristles with excitement when one hears it. High and mighty Emerson called it a bunch of "jingles." The musical reference is appropriate. A poem like "Annabelle Lee" is basically a sound event. The sonic Poe I have in my imagination was revered by the French, Baudelaire in […]
    Keith Kibler
  • The Bard Music Festival at 25: Franz Schubert and his World
    My leading thought goes against much of what the Bard Music Festival and my own values, for that matter, stand for. And just read Keith Francis' provocative series, The Great Composers?, the latest installment of which has just been published. I've missed only one Bard Festival since 2006, and I've heard great music by Elgar, […]
    Michael Miller
  • A Treasurable Account of Poe’s Last Hours from the Berkshire Theatre Group, with David Adkins and Kate Maguire, Closing 10/26
    You can't really blame the Berkshire Theatre Group for billing Eric Hill's splendid entertainment, POE, as a Hallowe'en show. As the holiday approaches, Poe's chilling stories and poems are rolled out in all the many forms they have assumed since their assimilation into two great cultural phenomena, American Literature and American Pop Culture, over the […]
    Michael Miller
  • A Singer’s Notes 97: It’s Hot Outside—Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Clicks at Oldcastle Theatre, Bennington
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an obsessive work which makes wildly different demands on its actors. Renata Eastlick as Maggie starts us off which what amounts to a twenty-five to thirty-minute monologue. She did this superbly. It was just overbearing enough. Listening to her was the excellent Loren Dunn who played her husband […]
    Keith Kibler