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In the strait-laced Eisenhower 1950s, Dave Brubeck seemed, on one hand, deeply conventional. He didn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He favored expressions like "baloney!" and "you bet" over ruder alternatives. He had a prodigious work ethic that had been...
Either the world will end on Dec. 21, or it won't. Your view depends on whether you believe in a much-publicized but debunked interpretation of the Mayan calendar, or you don't. Here are 10 facts so amazing they may crack the time-space continuum: 1 One...
As Sir Robin carols merrily to King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot, "In any great adventure, if you don't want to lose...you won't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews." Eric Idle's cheeky lyric, which unfailingly generated knowing...
Tags: Theater, Religion and Belief, Jerome Kern, John Kander, Charity
We’re down to the wire, ballroom fans. In Monday’s round of “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” two-night finale extravaganza, the three remaining all-stars danced two full routines. The first was a repeat dance, in which each...
It's the last all-performance show of the season and it's only an hour long. Let's hit it. Tom says they've been battling for a grueling nine weeks — feels so much longer doesn't it? This season has felt weird overall, with skipped weeks, non-...
Elliott Carter, the great American composer who was born in the horse-and-buggy era but whose music persistently looked ahead by reflecting and unabashedly celebrating the intricacies of modern life, died Monday of natural causes at his home in New York,...
Barbara Cook approaches a song from the inside out, judging the weight of each measure, the point behind each word in a lyric. So when she sings, she starts from a place where there's nothing but truth. No artifice, no exaggeration, no self-aggrandizing...
Tags: Tony Awards, Theater, Music, Culture, Lady Gaga
Tribune Newspapers CriticHalfway through reading Paul Elie's "Reinventing Bach," I suddenly got dizzy. An earthquake? All-purpose angst? Or could it be that composer Johann Sebastian Bach was working as an agent of transcendence on me, as he did on this sincere author? The basic...
Whether or not you consider Barbra Streisand the last reigning diva of a more lyrical period in American pop music, she certainly stands as a symbol of the era that gave us Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan...
Georg Solti, whose 100th birthday the classical music world is celebrating this month, rose to international fame as a recording artist well before he became widely known in the concert hall and opera house. Indeed, the former music director of the...
Tags: Grammy Awards, Music, Culture, Entertainment, Awards and Prizes
"Don't trust anyone over 30." That 1960s admonition certainly doesn't apply to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The MSO has begun its 31st season. I trust the MSO. Sure, it's a baby compared to the nearly 170-year-old New York Philharmonic, but...
Tags: Music, Culture, YouTube, The Herald-Mail, Bruce Springsteen
Hartford CourantInternational classical musical vocalist and gospel singer Jubilant Sykes will star in the world premiere of Daniel Beaty's "Breath and Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes." The classically trained baritone performed opera, jazz and spirituals...
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