Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore: Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.

BSO at The Music Center at Strathmore.

On Friday night at Strathmore, it was Destination Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, an off-the-cuff performance by the BSO. I enjoyed it the most Friday night however, and I think this is the case because I had just been listening to Marin talk about the man who composed it…

A Visit with Paul Gordon Emerson: Founder of Company E and ‘NEXT: ISRAEL’ on Saturday, February 25th at 8 PM at Sidney Harman Hall

Paul Gordon Emerson

I had an opportunity to speak with one of my favorite people, Paul Gordon Emerson, this week and to catch up with him on developments at Company E and his fantastic new project NEXT: ISRAEL, which will take place this Saturday, February 25th at at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall, in Washington, DC.

Ellington: A Sacred Concert at The Music Center at Strathmore

Duke Ellington

On Sunday, February 19, 2012, The Music Center at Strathmore presented the final concert in its three week long Discovering Ellington Festival. I cannot imagine a more fitting tribute to Edward Kennedy Ellington, considered by many to be the greatest jazz musician who has ever lived, than this festival. Thank you, Strathmore, for this wonderful gift.

Julia Fischer at WPAS at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

Julia Fischer

German violinist Julia Fischer is in the U.S. for a whirlwind concert tour that, to our good fortune, included a stop at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue for a performance in the WPAS Encore Series. She was absolutely wonderful.

Brian Stokes Mitchell at The Music Center at Strathmore

Brian Stokes Mitchell. Photo courtesy of The Music Center at Strathmore.

It was a Broadway Loves Jazz kind of night at Strathmore on Friday as Brian Stokes Mitchell took to the stage to headline a tribute to the one and only Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington at the Music Center at Strathmore. Brian Stokes Mitchell is Broadway’s dream come true. He has a beautiful voice, the kind […]

Sunday in the Park with George at Kensington Arts Theatre

The cast of 'Sunday in the Park with George.' Phot by Ernie Aschenbach.

I left the opening night of Sunday in the Park with George very proud on Friday evening … proud of KAT for staging this challenging production … proud of Director Craig Pettinati and his talented cast and crew … proud of Music Director David Rohde and his ten member orchestra for taking on Sondheim’s clever and tricky score, and proud of Producer Malca Giblin for bringing this delightful production to our community.

Daniil Trifonov, Gold Medal Winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition at The Music Center at Strathmore

Daniel Trifonov. Photo by Roger Mastroianni.

For anybody who was not at Strathmore last night to hear Gold Medal winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Daniil Trifonov perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with National Philharmonic, read this review later. Right now, just trust me. Call your friends and family and get there today.

Let Freedom Ring Celebration featuring Bobby McFerrin at The Kennedy Center

Martin Luther King, Jr.

There’s nothing more fun than attending a holiday concert in our nation’s capital. I moved to the Washington area on July 4th, six years ago, and I spent my first day here at the Capitol Fourth concert. Since then, I have rarely missed a holiday concert, and tonight was no exception, as I attended the […]

Zuill Bailey (Cello) and the National Philharmonic at Music Center at Strathmore

Zuill Bailey. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

I don’t know that it is fair to review a concert featuring one of this reviewer’s favorite musicians, but if it is not, then nobody could have reviewed last night’s National Philharmonic concert at Strathmore. Zuill Bailey tends to win most people over on his first bow stroke, if not sooner, and last night was no exception.

Ramsey Lewis: Sun Goddess Tour at The Music Center at Strathmore

Ramsey Lewis. Photo courtesy of The Music Center at Strathmore.

Ramsey Lewis, a three-time Grammy Award-winning artist whose constantly evolving and versatile career has spanned more than fifty years. The crowd wanted Ramsey, and Ramsey delivered big time.

Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie With The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore

Elena Tsarkova Ribbon Dance. Photo courtesy of The Music Center at Strathmore.

Strathmore audiences were in awe Thursday night as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Bob Bernhardt, presented Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie. From beginning to end, it was a wonderful concert, filled with favorite holiday music and simply stunning performances by a whole host of world class aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, dancers and contortionists.

Allen Toussaint and the Aaron Neville Quintet at Strathmore

Allen Toussaint. Photo courtesy of Strathmore.

The Music Center at Strathmore was filled to the brim on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, as a very appreciative and enthusiastic audience celebrated a great two act evening of music with Allen Toussaint and the Aaron Neville Quintet. Allen Toussaint, whose career has spanned more than forty years, opened the evening in true laid back New Orleans […]

National Symphony Orchestra With Conductor Christoph Eschenbach and Violinist Midori Plays Britten

Midori. Courtesy of The Kennedy Center.

The great and much loved violinist Midori is in town, joining Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for a concert featuring works by Golijov, Britten, and Shostakovich.

The Miracle Worker at Thomas S. Wootton High School

Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan (Corianne Stein). Photo by Joe McCary.

On Saturday night, November 19, 2011, I was fortunate to catch a wonderful production of The Miracle Worker at Thomas Wootton High School, in Potomac Maryland. The show, which was presented November 17, 18, and 19, 2011, represented the directorial debut of Wooton’s new drama teacher, Jessica Speck, a fourteen-year veteran of the MCPS system with […]