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  • 2019 Newport Jazz Festival Excels with Musical Diversity

    The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd to 4th, an amazing range of talent was on stage, from debut...

  • OPENING PERFORMANCE OF BOSTON LYRIC OPERA’S ADAPTATION OF ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ AT HARVARD CREATES WINNING FORMULA

    The opening performance(May 5th, at Harvard University’s Ray Lavietes Pavilion) of the Boston Lyric Opera’s original adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dark, dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”  had by coincidence found the site – Harvard campus – where the author had originally planted her masterpiece of a brutal authoritarian society....

  • Glory: A Life Among Legends

    As Dr. Van Scott has led a life so rich in human experience and followed so many journeys as an activist, artist, educator and becoming a central voice in the civil rights movement, there is one clear quality: her fierce independence. In the memoir “GLORY: A Life Among Legends”...

  • WADADA LEO SMITH MAKES VAST MUSICAL DISCOVERIES ON ‘ROSA PARKS’

    Wadada Leo Smith, acclaimed jazz trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and “creator” has released a new musical composition, an oratorio of seven songs inspired by the iconic civil rights leader Rosa Parks(1913-2005). In his own words, the oratorio is “concerned with ideas of freedom, liberty and justice, a meditation centered...

  • Bessie Smith Empress Of The Blues Tribute At The Cabot

    In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues—Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920’s theater venue is turning 100 years old with this fund-raising kick-off event. Smith...

  • Pat Metheny invigorates with new younger quartet

    On a very special night at the intimate and newly renovated 1920s Cabot Theater, in Beverly, MA., a sold-out performance was delivered by extraordinary jazz virtuoso, musician, composer and phenomenal guitarist, Pat Metheny. A highly respected musician among his peers and now a veteran, having received all accolades including 20 Grammy...

  • PERMADEATH takes a dark tale in world’s first videogame opera

    At first glance, the title of Cerise Jacobs’ upcoming world’s first videogame opera PermaDeath seems to imply another dark take or tale using the commercial success and wide-spread popularity of the multiplayer video game phenomenon . But anyone familiar with Ms. Jacobs’ librettists-driven operas, such as Ourboros Trilogy(2016) and...

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