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Cole Porter died nearly half a century ago – in 1964 at age 73 – yet his songs remain as ubiquitous today as they were then. Which helps explain why one of Chicago's top cabaret singers, Joan Curto, this week is launching an evening-length...
Aside from marching bands, movie scores and classical charts, sheet music is an unknown quantity to most popular and modern music fans, an anachronism of a bygone era. It seems like somewhere around the late 1950s and early ’60s, the era of Sun...
Pop & HissThe veteran songwriter mixes recent tunes with tales of his vaunted past. A quick synopsis of any Richard Harris movie, according to Jimmy Webb, goes like this: He plays the king. He yells a lot. He dies at the end.......
Culture MonsterIt's a mass seduction. A guy saunters in, snappily attired in a single-breasted charcoal suit. Setting aside his fedora, he turns his sexily hooded eyes to the audience and, as the band strikes up, emits a dreamy baritone. The clock......
Orlando Arts BlogCelebrate spring with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the city of Winter Park at their annual outdoor Spring Pops concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in Central Park, off Park Avenue. The concert, made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hollander...
Orlando Arts BlogIf you missed the Orlando Philharmonic's recent outdoor concert in Winter Park's Central Park, there's a chance to experience a similar concert on the other side of Orange County: The Winter Garden Rotary is presenting Evening at the Pops featuring the...
Pop & HissFrank Sinatra may well be spinning in his grave over the heavy metal hijacking of a dozen cornerstone numbers from his repertoire for "Sin-atra," a tribute to the Chairman of the Board....
Show TrackerDionne Warwick hit the top of the charts in 1985 alongside Steve Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight with "That's What Friends Are For," a rousing ode to friendship. One of the key lines of the song spoke of sticking......
Culture MonsterWhether you need just one more track to finish off your ironically sappy mix for your sweetheart or are searching for a tune to soothe the pain of a Valentine gone wrong, we’ve got you covered. For the next eight......
Culture Monster"King me!" is what checker players love to shout, but it could also be a slogan this summer at the Old Globe in San Diego -- although both British kings on display, Shakespeare's legendary Lear and Alan Bennett's historical George......
Idol TrackerIt's informative to listen to the two versions of "All the Way," the ballad by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen, recorded by the presiding spirits of this week's "American Idol." This week's mentor, Harry Connick Jr., took on the tune last year in a jaunty...
Culture MonsterA new musical opening Friday at the Old Globe theater in San Diego arrives with an old name. As a story in Sunday’s Arts & Books section explains, 19 songs from the celebrated Oscar-winning songwriting team of Sammy Cahn and......
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