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Lizzo. (Courtesy of the artist)

Review: Hip-hop artist Lizzo at the 9:30 Club

Review: Hip-hop artist Lizzo at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, November 21, 2014 – At least in theory, the kind of energy hip-hop artists during their performances makes them the ideal opening acts for any sort of headliner. That is, as long as they’re on board with the natural process of a live show. At the 9:30 Club recently, Lizzo was opening for Clean

Stars of Barber of Seville.

November 22: Met Live in HD presents ‘Barber of Seville’

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2014 – The latest in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 season “Live in HD” movie theater simulcasts will feature one of the most popular operas of all time: Gioacchino Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” aka, “The Barber of Seville.” Yes indeed, that lovable working class hero Figaro is back again to

Christoph Eschenbach conducting the NSO in a 2010 photo. (Courtesy NSO)

NSO’s exciting ‘Rite of Spring’ week wrap up

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2014 – The National Symphony Orchestra wrapped up its centennial-plus-one celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s trailblazing modernist ballet, “Le sacre du printemps” (“The Rite of Spring”) this Saturday past at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. With NSO music director Christoph Eschenbach at the helm, the orchestra also performed works by contemporary Russian-born composer

Stravinsky by Delauny.

NSO: ‘Beyond the Score®” of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2014 – As part of its “Rite of Spring” festivities this weekend past, the National Symphony orchestra presented a special educational concert highlighting the origins and the composition of Stravinsky’s pioneering modernist ballet music. Making use of an innovative multimedia package developed by the Chicago Symphony, the NSO’s “Beyond the Score®” concert

Christina and Michelle Naughton. (Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

Naughton sisters dazzle Washington in Terrace duo-piano recital

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2014 – The Naughton sisters, a bright, new pair of young duo-pianists, took the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater by storm last weekend in their initial Fortas Series recital. Not only did twins Christina and Michelle rock the room with the two-piano, four-hand version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” kicking off the

Delta Heavy. (Courtesy of Delta Heavy)

Review: Delta Heavy at D.C.’s 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2014 – Attending a performance of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) by a band like London’s Delta Heavy is less about the group or performer than any normal concert or show. Yes, the majority of people who attend these shows do so because they hold a connection with the DJ, whether that DJ

Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof.

Arena’s surprising, deeply moving ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2014 – We’re running a bit behind on posting our review of Arena’s wonderful new production of that perennial Broadway hit, “Fiddler on the Roof.” But for good reason. We’ve always enjoyed this lively show on many levels. But director Molly Smith’s current production of “Fiddler” digs deep, tunneling beneath the memorable