Broadway, Capital Region, classical, Gay Composers, GLTB performers, pianoJan 20th, 2012 | No Comments
For the past two holiday seasons, fans of Broadway musicals have had special treats under the Christmas tree – the collected lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, issued in matching volumes during the past two autumns. “Finishing A Hat” (volume 1) and “Look, I Made A Hat” (volume 2) are coffee table-size books that include not just the lyrics for legendary shows like “West Side Story,” “A Little Night Music” and...
Capital Region, classical, GLTB performers, pianoDec 7th, 2011 | No Comments
Jeremy Denk, piano
Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady
December 2, 2011
Sometimes there’s just too darned much talking at classical concerts. Whether it’s welcoming the crowd, thanking the donors and pleading for more contributions, or explicating what’s about to happen in the music, all that verbiage gets tiresome.
Yet along comes a musician like Jeremy Denk who’s almost as good with words as he is at playing...
Capital Region, classical, opera, poets and writersOct 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
“I don’t embarrass easily,” says author Wayne Koestenbaum. “That’s because I’m used to gay culture’s flamboyant embrace of embarrassing positions.”
Perhaps it’s that bravery, that hold-your-chin-up attitude, which allows Koestenbaum the courage to delve so deeply into the shame, guilt and suffering of others.
“Humiliation” is the latest book by Koestenbaum who will appear on Thursday at the University...
Capital Region, classical, Lesbian Composers, opera, orchestralOct 3rd, 2011 | No Comments
“Great Music, Right Here” is the apt motto of the Glens Falls Symphony. Since the orchestra and its music director Charles Peltz regularly venture into contemporary music, “Right Now” might be an appropriate tag.
Sunday afternoon’s program featured something far better than a risky premiere. Instead, it was Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, which was written in 2009 and received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for...
Capital Region, gay singer/songwriters, GLTB performers, rural life, spiritualityAug 12th, 2011 | No Comments
More than two dozen GLTB singer/songwriters and bands will be performing during “Out In The Woods,” a marathon of music on two stages this weekend at Easton Mountain, the gay retreat center north of Albany.
The event was conceived and organized by Steve Sims, who’s become well known in the Out Music worlds as co-host of The Quest of Life, a radio show from WRPI-FM in Troy. Launched in 2004, the broadcast...
Capital Region, Gay Composers, musical theater, operaAug 6th, 2011 | No Comments
It’s amazing how Leon Botstein and Bard College’s SummerScape series keep coming up with “overlooked masterpieces” from the operatic repertoire. At least that’s what the scholarly support materials tell us they are. The reality of what’s heard and seen on stage is often another matter.
This year’s entry is “Die Liebe der Danae.” Richard Strauss’ second to last opera, it was completed in 1940 but only...
Capital Region, classical, opera, vocal musicJul 31st, 2011 | No Comments
“We’ve only just begun” or some other ‘70s hit from The Carpenters was about as daring or off the beaten path as “Voigt Lessons” was expected to get. After all, how much more could The Glimmerglass Festival and its new boss Francesca Zambello really expect from the great diva Deborah Voigt? She was already starring in “Annie Get Your Gun” and doing it on the back roads of upstate New York for two long summer...
Capital Region, classical, Gay Composers, GLTB performers, orchestral, Saratoga SpringsJul 28th, 2011 | No Comments
It was good to actually hear the Philadelphia Orchestra, rather than hear about the Philadelphia Orchestra.
When it filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, the venerable institution became a sad symbol for the fragile state of the economy and the arts in general. Only the near demise of the New York City Opera — once an annual visitor to Saratoga — has been bigger news.
Meanwhile the orchestra keeps playing and...
Capital Region, classical, opera, vocal musicJul 14th, 2011 | No Comments
Spending a full summer in Cooperstown just didn’t seem possible. The internationally acclaimed operatic star Deborah Voigt was too in demand to make that kind of long-term commitment.
It was only last spring when Francesca Zambello, the recently appointed general and artistic director of the Glimmerglass Festival, approached the soprano about being the company’s artist in residence during summer 2011. The two were...
Capital Region, classical, opera, vocal musicJul 9th, 2011 | 1 Comment
Opening Night, 7/2/11
In the new production of “Carmen,” which opened at the Glimmerglass Festival on Saturday, the action grows more tight and focused throughout the night until Carmen and Don Jose are alone in a ring. In a daring moment of surrender, Carmen stops her tormenting ways and prostrates herself before her angry and jilted lover. She seems to think better of it, but it’s too...