A taste of Julia Child (preview and review)

A taste of Julia Child (preview and review)
Music and food have always gone together well, but seldom have they been presented as equals on a stage. Walking the Dog Theatre is serving up just such a combination with “Bon Appetit!” An original theatrical, musical and culinary tribute to Julia Child, the show is produced in association with Diamond Opera Theater. It plays at the Basilica Industria in Hudson for eight performances through Sept. 24. Every performance...
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Here’s the scoop on Doug Quint and the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

Here's the scoop on Doug Quint and the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Douglas Quint can’t remember which came first in life, ice cream or music. But he’s made both into professional pursuits. As a bassoonist he’s got an active freelance career across the northeast and a fine pedigree, having studied at Tanglewood and earned a bachelors from the Manhattan School of Music and a masters from The Juilliard School.  He’s a member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and with his long-time...
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Queeries for composer Gerald Busby

Queeries for composer Gerald Busby
Gerald Busby (photo by Mia Hanson) Gerald Busby, a native of Texas, graduate of Yale, and protégé of Virgil Thomson, made his professional debut as a composer with a commission from Paul Taylor for the dance RUNES. The work has had nearly 1,000 performances around the world since its Paris premiere and was featured on the PBS series, Great Performances, Dance in America, and recorded on Nonesuch. Other significant collaborations...
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Lee Hoiby Cooks Up Tasty Operas and Extra Helpings of Art Songs

Lee Hoiby Cooks Up Tasty Operas and Extra Helpings of Art Songs
Twenty years before actress Meryl Streep and author/director Nora Ephron brought Julia Child to the silver screen with “Julie & Julia,” composer Lee Hoiby put the famous chef on the operatic stage.  His operetta “Bon Appetit!” starred Jean Stapleton (Edith Bunker) and debuted at the Kennedy Center in 1989 before going on to a successful run Off Broadway. Like many of Hoiby’s other theatrical works, “Bon Appetit!”...
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Jock Soto, retiring but not slowing down

For more than 20 years, he’s been a star in the most elite realm of classical ballet. But his name is more like ESPN. Jock Soto was a mere 16 years old in 1981 when Peter Martins, director of the New York City Ballet, plucked him out of the company’s school. Just four years later Soto was promoted to the troupe’s top tier of dancers. “At that time I was the youngest principal. I was in shock. It was hard to live up...
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