“If only I had known it could be done like this!” So enthused Brahms the first time he heard Dvořák’s Cello Concerto—then as now probably the greatest work for cello and orchestra ever written. “If only Brahms could hear this performance,” I’m tempted to say! Thomas Dausgaard seems to have a musical green thumb. Touch something and it springs to life with unexpected flips of energy and color—Schubert and Schumann Symphonies with his Swedish Chamber Orchestra only among the most recent successes.
Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at Glimmerglass
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is dark, dark musical theatre. A vengeful barber returns to Victorian London, slits the throats of those who have wronged him and with his accomplice turns their bodies into the stuffing of meat pies. Todd’s London is as menacing as he is …
“There’s a hole in the world Like a great black pit And it’s filled with people Who are filled with shit And the vermin of the world inhabit it …”
No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming by Howard Baker by the Potomac Theater Company, Closing August 7
No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming
by Howard Baker
Potomac Theater Company
Directed by Richard Romagnoli
July 13, 2016
Art and Censorship
How important is freedom of expression to an artist? When censorship is imposed, is artistic talent enhanced …
John Pizzarelli: Too Marvelous for Words
John Pizzarelli displayed his brilliance as a guitar player along with his pleasant, delightfully unremarkable voice and ample personal charm at Jazz Standard, the venue tucked under Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke. The wonderful evening would have been even more so if Pizzarelli had incorporated slightly fewer anecdotes and stabs at humor as these made him come off as trying a tad too hard--he's such a fine musician, his talents need no embroidering.