Two recent biographies take very different approaches as they revel in the wild lives and examine the distinctive songs of two of rock music’s most enigmatic figures: Lou Reed and Warren Zevon.
These are two practiced masters at free improvisation. I am confident that many listeners will find them as intriguing and accomplished as I do.
In the right hands, Shostakovich’s Twelfth can come off as nothing less than an intriguing, lively symphonic essay.
“You can read Frederick Douglass forever and still just encounter new things, new ideas, new passages, new phrases. He’s that kind of writer. It’s like reading Emerson or even Shakespeare.”
Gounod was no mere purveyor of gentle sentiments. This 1881 opera, superbly performed, shows plenty of drama and grit.
When have the Robinsons ever done what was expected on them? And when have they ever really cared?
An exhilarating and entertaining evening with Puddles, a most personable and unique clown.
To hear a 13-piece ensemble of this caliber, doing justice to these great songs, was simply hard to beat.
Part cautionary tale about the fate of the earth, part homage to Samuel Beckett, part theatrical metaphor for dementia, X is a harrowing exploration of the human psyche.
Come From Away is more than just a rousing and heart-warming 100 minutes of theatrical entertainment. It’s a poignant reminder, and celebration, of what we’re all capable of as people.