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

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]