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JONATHAN DIMMOCK

Organist Jonathan Dimmock–On the Brahms Chorale Preludes, at Davies Hall, 2/19–21

During our recent interview, Jonathan discussed the function of the four chorale preludes he will play and their compatibility to both concert and religious venues. [Click here to see my full interview on Examiner.com] He also pointed out that these selections may be the first time any solo organ repertoire has been a part of […]

Quicksand

No Place for the Blues: “Quicksand” at The Stage Door Canteen

“Ethel Waters, the gleaming tower of regality who knows how to make a song stand on tip-toe.” Brooks Atkinson…
Ethels’ power to get a song up on its feet was never more evident than in her rendition of “Quicksand” written especially for her by the team of Al Dubin and James Monaco.

CD – Guy Sherman, FFS

CD – Guy Sherman’s “Yule Hear What I Hear”

The best independently produced Christmas CD of 2014 is Guy Sherman’s Yule Hear What I Hear. The album is a true one man show and a spectacular ear-catching introduction to a most resourceful artist. [Click here to see my full interview with Guy Sherman on Examiner.com] Thirteen tracks include a selection of traditional carols and […]

Debby Boone, Featured image, FFS

In Conversation with Debby Boone

“The only place you have any control at all are your own actions and your own decisions,” said Debby Boone. Trying to control other people is not really what we’re called to do.” [Click here to see my complete interview on HuffingtonPost] I told Debby there was no way I could skirt-around the contentious political […]

THE FLATTERER, FFS selection

CD – The Flatterer – Piano Music of Cécile Chaminade

“We’re not struggling to understand why she wrote what she wrote and why she titled it,” says pianist Joanne Polk. “It’s right there and it co-ordinates beautifully.” [Click here to see my full interview with Joanne Polk on Examiner.com] The cover image for the recording – Portrait du marquis d’Afflitto (1925) – sets the tone […]

Antonin Dvorak

Humoresque

The minute music publisher Fritz Simrok heard Anton Dvorak’s “Humoresque N7 in 1894 he knew he had a hit on his hands. Simrock wasted no time in having the piece arranged for just about every musical instrument under the sun – thus securing its place on the programs of student recitals and concert halls from Budapest to Baltimore.

The Hippodrome

“Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone”

When the studios needed a charismatic blonde to play a determined but desperate woman heading straight to the final curtain – Gladys George was the ideal choice. She is the doomed “Madame DuBarry” in MGM’s lavish Marie Antoinette (1939), the hard-boiled owner of a speakeasy in The Roaring Twenties (1932), the ultimately tragic heroine of […]

The Making of Gone with the Wind

Author Steve Wilson on “The Making of Gone with the Wind”

Just when I thought I could answer any trivia question on the 1939 production of Gone with the Wind, comes a treasure of new material in Steve Wilson’s book, The Making of Gone with the Wind. It is the companion piece to an exhibit now at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas […]

CHRISTIAN VAN HORN

Bass-Baritone Christian Van Horn – A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera

“I won the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2003. From the time I won it to the time I came back as a principal artist was ten years. This is rarely easy for anybody….” Click here to read the full interview on HuffingtonPost.com

Joan Crawford and Ann Blythg

“Veda Pierce” – Lounge Lizard or High Toned Viper?

Ann Blyth enters as the youngest in our series, Ladies of the Nightclubs. As Veda in the 1945 production of Mildred Pierce starring Joan Crawford, Ann was assigned a familiar rag from 1911, “Oceana Roll” – lyrics by Roger Lewis, music by Lucien Denni. By the time filming began at Warner Brothers Studios, the song […]