November 27, 2013 |
AFTER more than 30 years, the soulfully robust voice of music icon Donny Hathaway is making a comeback to some stereo speakers near you. Earlier this month, Rhino Entertainment released a four-disc collection, "Never My Love: The Anthology," that includes 23 previously unreleased tracks, among them 13 studio recordings. Hathaway died in 1979 after leaping from the 15th floor of the Essex House in New York City. He had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and was known for bouts of depression.
November 22, 2013 |
Perhaps the first line of Michael Sembello's "Maniac" sums up Flashdance , the movie, best: "Just a steel town girl on a Saturday night, lookin' for the fight of her life. " Remember Jennifer Beals' Alex Owens? Pittsburgh welder by day, stripper who performs artsy, not-exactly-stripteases by night, dates the boss, harbors big dreams of getting into the fancy ballet academy? Flashdance, the Musical is much like that, but more so. Much, much more. Though the original had no shortage of subplots, the book and music by Tom Hedley (with Flashdance 's screenwriter Joe Eszterhas)
November 22, 2013 |
Eminem: Hip-hop saved me "I'm as happy as I can be," Eminem tells Rolling Stone mag. "I guess. " The Detroit rapper should be grinning like a Cheshire cat. His new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 , has sold more than a million copies since its Nov. 5 release. Slim Shady, whose previous LP was called Recovery , has embraced sobriety. He's grateful to be alive. Grateful to music for saving him. "Hip-hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else," he says.
November 17, 2013 |
The Academy of Music has a new chairman of its board of trustees: Adele K. Schaeffer. Schaeffer, a community volunteer and wife of shopping mall developer Harold G. Schaeffer, has a history of involvement with the Academy, having served as cochair of the 136th Academy of Music anniversary concert and ball in 1993. She will remain a board member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which owns the academy. Schaeffer, of Bryn Mawr, has another connection: she attended, with her parents, the first Academy ball in 1957.
November 15, 2013 |
Saturday Night Live , NBC's long-running comic showcase, sheds its skin every few years, along with cast members. In the most recent shedding, before the current season, SNL lost Fred Armisen, who - with "special musical guest Ian Rubbish" - comes to Underground Arts Thursday night for a solo show. With SNL since 2002, Armisen, 46, created oddball characters such as Venezuelan nightclub host Fericito, unfunny Native American comedian Billy Smith - and Rubbish, a politically perverse '70s/'80s punk guitarist.
November 6, 2013 |
After Mahler, Jewish composers never turned back. In earlier times, from Mendelssohn's symphonic rigor to Offenbach's comic lyricism, Jewish composers had little sense of collective identity. But the arrival of folk and ethnic music as a basis for large-scale classical works in Mahler's time allowed a new kind of voice. It was readily identifiable in numerous guises on Sunday at Network for New Music's concert "Songs of Promise. " Jewish American composers - Richard Wernick, Daniel Asia, George Rochberg, Shulamit Ran, and Philip Maneval offered music as eager to challenge as it was to communicate.
November 2, 2013 |
The musical Once , currently enjoying its first national tour, is a far simpler affair than all its awards (among them eight Tonys, one Grammy), accolades, and devotees might indicate. Adapted from John Carney's 89-minute 2007 independent film, which was even simpler than its staged twin, Once follows a Dublin busker boy and a Czech immigrant girl over the course of a week as they make beautiful music together. Both onscreen and onstage versions feature Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's Lumineers-y romantic stomp-alongs and wistful ballads for solo and duet, all heavy on minor-chord yearning, with lyrics such as "I wouldn't trade her for gold/I'm walking on moonbeams.
October 26, 2013 |
Some jukebox musicals have plots, strong characterization, and compelling narrative arcs ( The Buddy Holly Story , Mamma Mia ). Others don't even bother to hide their show's conceit. The Devil's Music , a 90-minute bioshow about the life of Bessie Smith, played by Miche Braden at People's Light, falls into the latter category. It starts with bassist Pickle (Jim Hankins) telling us we're watching Smith's last performance before she died in a car crash later that evening in Mississippi in 1937.
October 24, 2013 |
Hello there In November 2009, the Rochester (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra hired Joanna to play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. She grew up in Elkins Park and Blue Bell, studied at Juilliard, and was in year three of a postgraduate fellowship at Carnegie Hall, performing chamber music around the city and elsewhere. Daniel, the concert's conductor, suggested they talk about the performance over lunch. He grew up outside Lansing, Mich., and had recently completed his master's degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Maryland.
October 21, 2013 |
THE MUSIC MOGUL and artist formerly known as P. Diddy has reason to be puffed with pride. On Monday, Sean Combs is launching a seriously eclectic and (he hopes) revolutionary new music video channel called Revolt. And he has Comcast (to a degree) and the Federal Communications Commission to thank. "We'll play that new s--- that people are afraid to play," Combs vows, in a video posted at the RevoltTV channel on YouTube. His vision is a "multi-genre, multi-platform music network" that will celebrate "the best of rock, the best of EDM" (electronic dance music)