Concerts

Karmin opens their tour at the Baltimore Soundstage

»Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Concerts | 0 comments

Karmin opens their tour at the Baltimore Soundstage

We were there! One week ago today. There was lots of lights, colors, dancing, jumping, pzazz, spunk, and best of all – good music by real musicians. The bassist, Andrew James, is a friend of ours and put our names on The List, which was cool 🙂 It was great to see him rocking it with the band on the opening night of their Pulses tour. Lead singer Amy was very easy and fun to watch. She worked the crowd, promoted new material, and talked between songs about the right amount – not to little that we wanted more, but not too much that we just wanted her to get back to the music. Nick was a little more confusing as he switched between singing, playing keys, and running around in his all-green outfit, but when he grabbed his trombone everything clicked into...

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Extracurricular Music at John Adams in Alexandria

»Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Concerts, Music Reflections | 0 comments

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and John Adams Elementary School are launching a program of music education inspired by el Sistema, which has enriched the lives of thousands of children beginning in Venezuela and now, through private funding, in schools in dozens of cities throughout the United States. Last month, John Adams Elementary hosted a week-long workshop for local students to get a taste of the music program. For part of the final concert, the organizers brought in an older el Sistema-inspired student group from Baltimore, the OrchKids, who have been playing together for five years. Seeing the kids was amazing. Each group of student musicians had matching t-shirts, and they beat sticks together on overturned buckets creating different tones and...

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American Voices with Renée Flemming

»Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Concerts, Music Reviews | 0 comments

American Voices with Renée Flemming

I was fortunate to purchase tickets far enough in advance (almost 10 weeks) for last weekend’s program at the Kennedy Center, hosted by RenĂ©e Fleming. It entailed 6 masters classes and concluded with a star-studded concert Saturday night. I attended the concert as well as the Vocal Jazz and Pop masters classes, which were fascinating. Vocal Jazz Master Class Dianne Reeves led the jazz class in the Terrace Theater, which entailed  four voice students about a couple hundred of us spectators. Each student took a turn singing a song, after which Ms Reeves worked with them to improve certain aspects of their performance. The best part was when she’d have the singer re-sing part of the song while focusing on a particular interpretation technique. In every...

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Jacky Terrasson at Bohemian Caverns

»Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Concerts, Jazz Piano | 0 comments

Jacky Terrasson at Bohemian Caverns

The gig Tessa and I had scheduled for last Saturday night got cancelled, so we took the opportunity to visit the local jazz scene in a new-to-us venue, where a new-to-us jazz pianist was playing. His name is Jacky Terrasson, and he recently won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. His playing was indeed remarkable. It seemed to us to be quite engaging and accessible, especially for those non jazz lovers, while also wowing us constantly with complicated and intricate jazz tricks. In a show that lasted about an hour (plus a 10-minute encore), we heard 5 or 6 songs. The first was Besame Mucho, and like the arrangements that followed, went through several different variations and interpretations … jazzy trio feel, to slow and pensive,...

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Harry Connick Jr at Wolf Trap

»Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Concerts | 0 comments

Harry Connick Jr at Wolf Trap

WHAT A SHOW The audience was not disappointed in the least:  this was a full-blown, well-rounded, completely entertaining Harry Connick Jr concert to a sold-out Wolf Trap crowd. Connick’s stage presence and personal appeal are unparalleled, not to mention his chops! In addition to some piano (but not enough IMO) and plenty of vocals, he played trumpet, a bit of percussion, and several different keys instruments including a Hammond organ and an electric piano. Backing him up was a 6-piece string section, 6.5 piece horn section, 1.5 drummers and, for the second half, a guitar. The sold-out audience at Wolf Trap was especially pleased with special guest Harry Connick Sr, who sang just one standard with his son. In addition to standards, Connick played a medley...

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