May 312013
Fuse Theater Review: A Political Refugee's Tale — "Bashir Lazhar"

Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company is now giving “Bashir Lazhar,” ably translated by playwright Morwyn Brebner, its American premiere and I admire the theater’s choice.

May 312013
Coming Attractions in Jazz:  Festival Preview 2013

[Updated June 21] Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. Beaches reopen, and the jazz festival season follows close on their heels. Indeed, the first major festival kicks off this Friday, before June has even begun.

May 302013
Fuse Rock Review: Making Art Out of Homelessness -- "Drifters/Love Is the Devil"

After the critical success of 2011’s “Badlands,” Alex Zhang Hungtai returns with the release of “Drifters/Love is the Devil” — a double album that expresses trauma in two devastating ways — the direct and the atmospheric.

May 292013
CD Reviews: Isabelle Faust plays Bartók; Wolfgang Rihm’s Symphonie “Nähe fern”; Tokyo String Quartet plays Dvorak and Smetana; Thea Musgrave’s Chamber Works for Oboe (Harmonia Mundi)

A round-up review of new releases from Harmonia Mundi — an invigorating crop of albums.