By Sean

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 […]

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 HuffingtonPost.com] 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 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 […]

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 […]

ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO

A Conversation with Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo

“Because I had hair on my arms and a low speaking voice,” said Anthony, “the opera people said that maybe I had gone through puberty and was a countertenor.” [Click here to see my complete interview with Anthony on HuffingtonPost]

Morro (as himself). Pelican Dreams. Photo, Pelican Media

Filmmaker Judy Irving – On ‘Pelican Dreams’

Six years ago, there was a brief story on local broadcast news about a pelican that had stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. Turns out, she was a minor and starving…. (Click on the photo to see my complete interview with Judy Irving on HuffingtonPost)  

PHILLIPE SLY

Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly on Handel’s “Partenope”

Partenope is a precursor to Cosi fan tutte, says Phil. “I’m kind-of her best friend, a sexually repressed individual that hasn’t come out of the closet.” [Click on the photo to see my complete interview with Philippe Sly on HuffingtonPost.com]      

J.M. for "Spotlights"

Meeting Soprano Jeanette MacDonald in “San Francisco”

What’s the best film for getting acquainted with Hollywood soprano Jeanette MacDonald? Click on the photo to find my answer on YouTube.
 My first encounter with Jeanette MacDonald was through a local broadcast of MGM’s major box office hit from 1936, San Francisco. It’s been a long-term affair ever since – with both her and […]