Music articles

Mhlekazi “WHA WHA” Mosiea.

‘Venus & Adonis’: A South African twist on the Bard’s original

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 – Imagine, if you will, a big, beautiful Queen Mother being stung by the youthful good looks of a lowly commoner. But shift the scene from the River Thames to the banks of Cape Town, South Africa. “Venus & Adonis” is a major poem that Shakespeare penned and published in 1593,

Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.

CD Review: Tigran Mansurian, ‘Quasi Parlando’

CHICAGO, September 16, 2014 – In September and October, we will present a series of articles relating to recent releases and catalogue highlights from ECM Records of Germany. ECM’s “New” series, produced by the enigmatic Manfred Eicher, may well be the most exciting and accessible new music label in existence. It is certainly a wonderful

Chloe Chaidez, courtesy of Kitten.

Music review: Kitten at the Rock and Roll Hotel

WASHINGTON, September 16, 2014 − When Kitten took the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel recently, the face of the band and really the only relevant focal point for the audience was its founding spirit, Chloe Chaidez. So why even bother with billing her show as a performance by a band named Kitten? It’s

Cover art for "Fatal Song" program.

In Series’ ‘Fatal Song’ notable for its talented cast

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – The In Series’ online description of its latest production, Kathleen Cahill’s good natured tragic opera pastiche, “Fatal Song: ” is excerpted from a Salt Lake Tribune review of the piece last autumn when it was performed by the temporarily renovation-exiled Utah Opera: “A bunch of opera heroines start to notice

EastWest's Hollywood Brass Gold edition packaging.

Review: EastWest Hollywood Brass

CHICAGO, September 13, 2014 – A long awaited update to the venerated Symphonic Orchestra, EastWest’s “Hollywood Brass,” may be the best sounding brass samples on the market, with enough solo, chamber configurations, and full sections to please most musical ears. Yet despite offering incredible sounds and loads of options, these mighty samples may not satisfy