Concert Review: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Ithzak Perlman Conductor and Violin at the Music Center at Strathmore

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Itzhak Perlman is one of the world’s greatest violinists. His performances have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards and four Emmys. If you don’t know Perlman’s work from the classical world then you most likely will know his name from the movie Schindler’s List. He performed all of the violin solos in John Williams’ Oscar winning score. […]

Opera Review: ‘Moby Dick’ by Washington National Opera at Kennedy Center

Carl Tanner as Captain Ahab with company. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The epic quest for a white whale in Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick seems an apt subject for an epic staging, operatic in its intentions and soaring in its scale. … this ‘Moby Dick’ strikes a deft harpoon at the ambition and as such, demands to be seen. The ropes tightening the rigging, the crow’s nest filled with […]

Concert Review: ‘An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin’ at the Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater

An Evening with Patti Lupone an Mandy Patinkin. Photo by Joan Marcus.

You’re waiting for the opening curtain in the Art Deco style Eisenhower Theater at the KennedyCenter. Enter illustrious Broadway veterans Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin—most recently of TV’s Homeland fame, and less recently of The Princess Bride infamy— who launch immediately into a spirited “Another Hundred People” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company, and the Broadway-lovin’ crowd […]

Concert Review: ‘Chaplin’s Back!’ with BSO Featuring ‘The Idle Class’ and ‘The Kid’

A standee in the lobby of the Meyerhoff of Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp.  Photo by Mark Beachy.

One hundred years ago Charlie Chaplin’s character known only as the Little Tramp appeared on film for the very first time. And the world of cinema hasn’t been the same since.   The Little Tramp character with his trademark toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk is still recognized by 90% of the […]

Concert Review: Judy Collins with Kenny White at The Birchmere

Judy Collins

Judy Collins came with fellow New York singer-songwriter Kenny White to the Birchmere in Alexandria the other night.  Kenny took I-95 like most mortals, but Judy seemed to float in on a voice which has hardly lost a nuance since the 1960s.  Given the toll the years have taken on other alumnae of the New […]

Concert Review: ‘Marvin Hamlisch, One Singular Sensation’ with the BSO and Guest Vocalists, Jack Everly, conductor at the Music Center at Strathmore

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Composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch’s first hit song was in 1965 and for the next 47 years, until his untimely death in 2012, his canon of work has been unrivaled. Very few people’s work have been heard in films, onstage, and on television, but Marvin Hamlisch wrote for all three. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal pops conductor Jack […]

Theatre Review: ‘La Vie en Rose’ by the In Series at Gala Theatre

Cast members of ‘La Vie en Rose.’ Photo by Paul Wegner.

Lovers of French song and lovers of beautiful music and beautiful dance will love La Vie en Rose.  And lovers of art forms that blend ballet with transcendent voices, lush musicianship, and elegant production values will truly love this show—as did the opening night In Series audience. …brought the audience instantly to its feet with […]

Concert Review: ‘A Jazz New Year’s Eve- Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute’ featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli at Kennedy Center

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The Kennedy Center on New Year’s Eve had something for everyone. No other place offers you your choice of dancing elves, a murder mystery, a musical that puts us back in the 80’s, and a symphonic concert saluting Ray Charles and Motown all under one roof. Then there is the attraction that I attended with […]

Cabaret Review: ‘Holiday Follies’ at Signature Theatre


A big crowd gathered at Signature Theatre in Arlington earlier this week — not necessarily for the opening of Holiday Follies, the annual Christmas cabaret, but for the start of previews for Gypsy, being held in the bigger theater next door. How much did the musical overshadow the cabaret? Well, it was mentioned no less than […]

Cabaret Review: ‘The Power of Two’ starring Eleasha Gamble and Nicholas Rodriguez at Arena Stage

Eleasha Gamble and Nicholas Rodriquez in 'The Power of Two.' Photo by C.Stanley Photography.

Many two person acts are the stuff that legend is made of. In the past we’ve had Mary Martin and Noël Coward in the TV special from the 1950s, entitled Together with Music; then, of course, there was Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli’s 1964 London Palladium concert. Now, two of our local stars and Helen Hayes […]

Cabaret Review: ‘Matt Conner Christmas’ at Signature Theatre


Remember that time you went to a great holiday party with fun, festively-dressed people and you all gathered around the piano and sang Christmas carols, wine in hand? No? That’s the life you wish you had?  Well, you’re in luck! You can go to Matt Conner’s Christmas at Signature Theatre. Conner, one of Signature’s artists-in-residence, […]

Music Review: ‘Happy Holidays! with Brian Stokes Mitchell’ featuring the NSO and the UM Concert Choir at the Kennedy Center


There are few things that get people into the holiday spirit better than holiday music. The Kennedy Center’s Pops series concert Happy Holidays!, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, the University of Maryland Concert Choir, and Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, certainly fits the bill. … one of the best concerts the Kennedy Center could possibly have.  […]

Concert Review: Barbara Cook’s Spotlight presents Patina Miller at the Kennedy Center

Patina Miller.  Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center.

Usually when a singer gives his or hers first concert, it’s in a small venue with friends and family. If you are a 2013 Tony Award winning actress that won’t do. Patina Miller hit Broadway in a big way a few years back starring in Sister Act. The show garnered her a Tony Award nomination […]

Theatre Review: ‘Man in a Case’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Mikhail Baryshnikov in 'Man in a Case.' Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Shakespeare Theatre has again welcomed into its home an ensemble of renowned master artists: Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the combined talents of the Big Dance Theater company. And Washington audiences are again treated to the delights of vanguard artists at work.  Man in a Case, a multi-media avant garde production based on two short […]