The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

Opera Philadelphia will be streaming five productions, starting Friday, May 1, and running through May 29, on their YouTube page and at operaphila.org. Like other streaming opera presenters, there’s a schedule for when each of the performances will be available: Denis & Katya (Philip Venables) , premiering May 1, 8pm, available through May 8, 7pm …

Continue reading

Duke wrote reams and reams of wonderful music, with the perverse effect that tunes like “In a Sentimental Mood” and “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” crowded out marvelous pieces like “Johnny Come Lately” and this, this exquisite performance of the exquisite “Passion Flower.” There’s little on the planet as sensuous as Johnny Hodges playing a ballad.

Tonight, April 29. 7:30—Timo Andres will live stream a recital he was schedule to give at Carnegie Hall, same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel. I was planning on reviewing this, so was feeling the loss, and now some gain. Tune in at his YouTube channel above or via this link. Here’s the program, it’s the good stuff: …

Continue reading