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BARRY DENNEN, Profile (2014)

BARRY DENNEN – A Conversation with the Pilate of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, at the Castro Theatre, 3/17

Tuesday night, March 17, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco hosts an encore performance of the 1973 mega classic, Jesus Christ Superstar. Ted Neeley and Barry Dennen – the Jesus and Pilate of the film, the original Broadway cast, and multiple productions since – will be onstage at 7:00 for a Q&A prior to the […]

Jesus Christ Superstar

“Jesus Christ Superstar” and Rock Star Ted Neeley – Behold, The Man!

Ted Neely gives all the glory to the director. “Thank God Norman Jewison decided to make this film,” said Ted during our recent conversation. “Had it been any other director, it would not have had the same sort of effect. He was fine-tuning every moment.” In August 2013, I interviewed Ted Neeley on the occasion […]

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Organist Isabelle Demers – At Davies Hall, 3/8

“Quite frankly, it’s not like becoming a physician and knowing you’ll have a job when you graduate…. ” [Click here to see my full interview with Isabelle Demers on]   “If you become an organist – all you hear about is the decline of church attendance in the country and the decline of classical […]

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter – A Profile of the Artist

“In a way, a musician is like an athlete. We have that one chance. At eight o’clock, you bring everything forward – everything you’ve been thinking of, dreaming of and training yourself for.” [Click here to see my complete interview with Anne-Sophie Mutter on] Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the […]


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] He also pointed out that these selections may be the first time any solo organ repertoire has been a part of […]

Hélène Grimaud

A Conversation with Pianist Hélène Grimaud – At Davies Symphony Hall, 2/15–16

I spoke with Hélène Grimaud while she was in Barcelona, the day before she began a brief tour with conductor Leonard Slatkin and The National Orchestra of Lyon. [Click here to see my full interview on] Hélène returns to Davies Symphony Hall on February 15 and 16 with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. […]

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] 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 […]


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] The cover image for the recording – Portrait du marquis d’Afflitto (1925) – sets the tone […]

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 […]