Archive for May, 2008

Happy Friday!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

The month of May passed so quickly. I’ve recently thought that while I have made my tastes about finding what I consider to be the highest quality of art, in fact, I am simply a pop culture lover exiled in the classical world. I mean, where does my heart lie? It most definitely longs for […]

Bernstein’s Candide

Friday, May 30th, 2008

One of the most popular and probably perfect overtures ever written…Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. The operetta itself was not a big hit, but the music is pretty great. While I have my issues with Bernstein’s compositions (I actually sang bass in Chichester Psalms), this gem is undeniably great. Enjoy. Candide Overture – Leonard Bernstein

Atomic Adams

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Composer John Adams and Theatre Director Peter Sellars have both had storied careers in the operatic world, notably for both Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. When you hear either of them speak about their art, it’s clear that they have a child-like curiosity that keeps them engaging with the changing world. For […]

Asian American Theatre

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

The history of Asian American Theatre begins with the founding of East West Players in 1965. After 42 years, they are still the major theatre for Asian American actors, writers, and directors, and perhaps even more importantly, they are the longest-running theatre of color in the country. Without them, it’s probably true that Asian Americans […]

Mariah Still on Fire

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

After the reaction to my comments about Alicia Keys, the question comes up of who actually I do consider a good singer and songwriter who is of the pop/R&B stratosphere. My answer then and now is Mariah Carey. And the reaction to that is an equal and opposite “Huh?” Yes, she has been trashed in […]