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Lost Jewish composers: In Series’ edgy ‘Kabarett & Cabaret’

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2016 – The In Series surprised Washington’s cabaret-starved audience this weekend past as it opened its acid-tipped, politically charged new production entitled “Kabarett & Cabaret.” Set on both sides of the Atlantic primarily in the 1930s, the new show focused on the Nazi persecution that brought numerous German and Austrian composers and ...

DC’s In Series whisks ‘Carmen’ – and its audience – to Cuba

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2016 – DC’s feisty In Series continues to surprise audiences with its eminently audience-accessible twists on classic opera. The object of this company’s latest transformation is Bizet’s 1875 evergreen classic “Carmen,” a brilliant work of musical theater whose immortal hit tunes even opera agnostics somehow know by heart almost from birth. The ...

In Series’ Gershwin revue: The perfect musical Christmas Gift

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2015 – Call us unfairly biased, but in our musical book, the brother team of George and Ira Gershwin lies at the heart and soul of that ever-evolving American Songbook. If you doubt our word, consider purchasing tickets to the In Series’ latest production, a musical revue entitled “By George, By Ira, ...

Copland’s ‘Tender Land’: The In Series’ latest musical surprise

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2015 – Within the past few years, Washington’s always-interesting In Series has created a special musical niche they’ve come to call “pocket opera.” This small company has made a tradition out of presenting chamber versions of both traditional operas—often humorously “updated” for contemporary audiences and sung in English translations—as well as creative ...

In Series presents Latin American romantic songs to remember

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2015 – Washington’s In Series routinely creates musical concept shows nobody else seems to think of first. So it is with their current production, “Latino Music Fever.” We caught the opening night performance of this scintillating south-of-the-border musical revue Thursday at 14th Street’s Source, and we can assure you, it’s a winner. ...

Scene from "Don Giovanni."

The In Series’ Elmer Gantry take on Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 – For a guy who doesn’t much like “updates” to world famous operas—or Shakespeare for that matter—I have to give a big hat tip to Washington’s In Series. This feisty and long-lived company has consistently “updated” opera after opera in such a way as to keep both the music and form ...

In Series’ charming ‘La Sonnambula’ haunts the Source

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 – Score another hit for the In Series’ latest venture in community “pocket opera.” The music of Vincenzo Bellini has rarely sounded so delightful as it does in the Series’ latest production, an updated take on the composer’s quirky comic opera, “La Sonnambula” (“The Sleepwalker”). In Series increasingly popular “pocket opera” ...

Salud, "La vida breve."

‘La Vida Breve’: The In Series’ latest pocket opera success

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2014 — Back in the Jurassic Era when I had not yet reached my teens, I generally encountered the music of Manuel de Falla either on black and white TV as background to juggling acts, or at Cleveland Orchestra concerts where orchestral excerpts like the dances from “The Three-Cornered Hat” (“Le tricorne”) ...

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 ...

In Series’ great ‘Cole Porter Project’ is ‘all right with us’

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2014 – The In Series opened its 2014-2015 season this past weekend at the Source with “The Cole Porter Project: It’s All Right With Me.” A reprise of the Series’ dynamite February revue, the current edition of this made-for-the-Source show is just as fresh and topical as it was just a few ...

The Romantics: In Series’ tribute to Schubert and Goethe

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2014 – The In Series presented a uniquely special two-evening only recital last weekend, highlighting a selection of Franz Schubert’s exquisite art songs with an emphasis on music the composer set to the poetry of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, perhaps the world’s best known and honored German poet. Aside from the music ...

In Series’ outstanding ‘Cole Porter Project’ is ‘all right with us’

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014 – The always-innovative In Series is currently scoring another DC entertainment coup with “The Cole Porter Project: It’s All Right With Me,” now in its final week at the Source. Highlighting the incredible work of Cole Porter—likely America’s greatest composer-lyricist of all time—the In Series is again up to one of ...