A lovely Mother’s day story and one I was so flattered to be asked to write by my pal Ali Kavadlo. Here at the Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte’s spring arts festival is building on their success. Here at the Observer.
Read my interview and profile on legendary Broadway Diva, Jennifer Holliday here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Read how Opera Carolina reaches well beyond the stage and into the community to connect with and build their patron base.
Find my profile here.
Tina Fabrique brings the First Lady Of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, alive in her performance of Ella. Read my profile/preview here.
Long before Snooki or ‘the Situation,’ Another type of youthful cool swept the Jersey shore. Read my preview of Jersey Boys here in Charlotte Viewpoint.
Charlotte Jazz bassist Ron Brendle eschews categorization. Check out this profile at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Here is my piece on Opera Express – Opera Carolina’s outreach program. In the Observer.
Charlotte’s Viva Klezmer is one soulful group. Read about them here in the Charlotte Observer.
She’s a Dixie Diva – Honey and don’t y’all forget that. Here is my profile on the one and only Vickie Livengood at the Charlotte Observer.
Read my interview with LIT front-man Ari Picker here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Like the junction of several challenging words in the Sunday Times puzzle, the intertwined pursuits of Charlotte musical artist Claire Ritter require careful sequencing in order to occupy just the right space on her busy palate. Possessing more talent than can be confined to a singular label, Ritter’s artistic travels involve composing, teaching, performing, and recording her music. These are but a few of the journeys Ritter undertakes, often simultaneously.
Her profile is here.
OC picked up my blog interview with Tenor Jonathan Boyd. Read it here.
Read my preview of Harry Connick Jr.’s recent Charlotte performance here.
Read about Dimitris Zaimakis, a music teacher from Crete who is energizing local students. Here in SCN.
Ja mon, Reggae central is de jamminest. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
There is perhaps no other American song in history that has played a more iconic role in modern popular culture than “White Christmas.” Penned by a Russian/Jewish immigrant Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” had a starring role in at least three celebrated Hollywood films. Making its debut in Holiday Inn, the tune also received airtime in Blue Skies as well as in the Technicolor film White Christmas, which was released nearly twelve years after the creation of the wildly successful song.
Read my preview of White Christmas, The Musical which includes a chat with veteran stage actress Ruth Williamson here.
Dreamgirls is nothing if not a spectacle on a very grand scale. It is rare to see a Broadway performance rely so heavily on lighting and special effects provided by thousands of overworked high definition pixels framing and defining every scene. The ceiling to stage panels dazzle at every turn, initially creating the smoky and soft glow of New York’s Apollo and carrying the performance through brilliantly vibrant multi-colored backdrops.
Read the entire review here.
Especially those that work with small children. A tiny profile, here at the Charlotte Observer.
Read my preview of the return of iconic British Pop star – Elvis Costello. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Dimitris Zaimakis is very enthusiastic about connecting with his students. Catch a bit of his philosophy here in this tiny piece at the Charlotte Observer.
Chapel Hill Based Lost in the Trees forge a new musical style all their own. My interview with front-man Ari Picker is picked up in an abbreviated version here in the Raleigh News & Observer.
New American and Jazz master pianist. composer Claire Ritter dishes on teaching here in the Charlotte Observer.
Claire Ritter has studied and performed with legendary Jazz greats Ran Blake and Loonis McGlohon to name a few.
She is most comfortable when she’s teaching others, especially area youth. Read my profile on Ritter and Composers Charlotte here.
Read my review of OC’s 2011/2012 Opener with Denyce Graves here at CLT Blog.
Read my review here at CLT Blog.
Jeff Jackson’s site, Destination:Out finds all that (out of print ) jazz. Check out my piece here in Lake Norman News.
Opera Carolina kicked off their 2010 season last evening in spectacular fashion with Puccini’s La Boheme. Complete with a sidewalk “Cloud Broadcast” where the live performance was streamed in a live video to a manufactured cloud outside the theater, Opera lovers both inside and outside of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center were treated to this classic tale that is never short on drama or musical accomplishment.
OC picked up my review and ran it here.