Posts in category "Music"

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!
Imagine this: a warm summer’s day in 2003. A young boy, who by all accounts should be biking or pillaging the neighborhood, is strolling down the aisle of a music shop. His eyes meander through the vastly expensive and glamorous opera collection. His eyes rest on a brilliant blue color with the abstract painting of... Read more »

Steven picks the Top 5 Songs that should be sung at Donald Trump's Inauguration!

Steven picks the Top 5 Songs that should be sung at Donald Trump's Inauguration!
As performers announce they’re performing at Toddler-in-Chief Donald Trump’s Inauguration on Friday (and, for the most part, subsequently pull out), the following question rears its ugly head: What songs can you possibly sing that will epitomize who Donald Trump really is? There are billions of songs that have been written in a plethora of genres,... Read more »

Anticipating the Music: from a Stevie Nicks Concert to Friday Night Vespers

Anticipating the Music: from a Stevie Nicks Concert to Friday Night Vespers
“Oh, Vera, I can’t wait to hear that Overture, Tell me about the show!” – Auntie Mame Dennis, Jerry Herman’s Mame A din falls over the audience. A single note pierces the silent din, the overtones sparkling in a pure array of simple fireworks. The spirit of music rises in the air, melting hate and... Read more »
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The Chainsmokers vs. Billy Joel (or I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit, Part 2!)

The Chainsmokers vs. Billy Joel (or I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit, Part 2!)
(For those of you who haven’t read Part 1, I suggest you do so before continuing!)¬† Rarely has a blog I’ve written kicked up as much ruckus as my condemnation of modern “commercial” music and those who feed upon it. My blog was even “critiqued” by the “renowned” Issy Beech, of the illustrious noisey.vice.com. (For... Read more »

A little Ethel Merman Broadway "Cocktail" for the weekend!

A little Ethel Merman Broadway "Cocktail" for the weekend!
Since I’m reading a biography of Ethel Merman at the moment, I decided to give you a nice “mixed cocktail” of Ms. Merman and showcase the talent that made Broadway what it is today! “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter! Elaine Stritch on Merman’s Wisdom! Judy Garland and Merman sing a charming medley! THE TITANS: Barbra... Read more »

An Opera Singer's Guide to The Chicago Cubs in The World Series

An Opera Singer's Guide to The Chicago Cubs in The World Series
“See in spate [sudden events] the high cataract [powerful waterfall] storming: All in terror must fly from its path. So in terror flies the foe before me, When I brandish this sword in my wrath” – Handel’s Julius Caesar (translated by Brian Trowell, courtesy of Chandos Records) Baseball, and indeed any sport, is imbued with... Read more »
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The particularly pitiful Adele: my opinions on an unhealthy diet of sorrowful songs (and a special announcement!)

The particularly pitiful Adele: my opinions on an unhealthy diet of sorrowful songs (and a special announcement!)
I, like any child of opera, likes a good wallow every now and then. But, like they say, too much of a good thing can be bad. Lurking and screeching in the muck and the mire for too long can stress you out and remind you of the time your girlfriend yelled at you for... Read more »

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy
“Curtain up, light the lights, we got nothin’ to hit but the heights!” Gypsy: A Musical Fable is widely considered the most perfect musical of all time, boasting over five new productions on Broadway since its premiere in 1959. The story of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother Rose is one of... Read more »

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump
Throughout history, Opera has been a reflection of the events occurring around it. Mozart’s The Magic Flute contained both the continued repression of women as well as the advancing ideals of The Enlightenment at the end of the 1700s. In the middle of the 1850s, Verdi’s La Traviata sang the joys of the potential future... Read more »
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Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!

Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!
“There are many very famous open-air festivals…in America…some [people] just lie on the grass, others bring elaborate picnics, and some young women even nurse their babies. And all of these people are able to hear a first-class concert under the stars.” –¬†Christa Ludwig, Opera Singer Outdoor music is a quintessential part of the American summer.... Read more »