Gala Benefit Evening at the Ravinia Festival (Comments Off)
In short, although none of the repertoire here was completely first-rate (the Mozart overture excepted), and despite my reservations about Joshua Bell’s playing, this was a highly engaging evening of music, and the performance of the Dvořák was beyond reproach. James Conlon clearly has an exceptional rapport with this ensemble and often brings out its best; I, for one, would gladly welcome him as a frequent guest during the regular CSO season at Orchestra Hall.
Equity Jeff Award Nominations for 2014 (Comments Off)
Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor outstanding 2013-2014 productions Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane Productions lead nominations Thursday, August 21, 2014-Chicago, IL. Chicago actress, TV and film star Jane Lynch did the honor today of announcing the nominees for the 2013-2014 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of today’s presentation by Ms. Lynch, made at the […]
Myths & Hymns (Comments Off)
The songs range from folk, electronic jazz and piano ballad to gospel and musical theater styles with lyrics quite complicated to sing requiring a blend of pop, classical and opera singing styles that was deftly rendered by this terrific cast. During the 65 minute one-act opera, each of the cast had their moments to exhibit their strong, accurate and compelling vocal dexterity.