concert hall – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 19:44:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png concert hall – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 Offer of the baroque concert hall for Tynte Street https://acotonline.org/offer-of-the-baroque-concert-hall-for-tynte-street/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 01:46:13 +0000 https://acotonline.org/offer-of-the-baroque-concert-hall-for-tynte-street/ A classical composer has applied to host public performances in a heritage-listed house in North Adelaide which he has converted into a Baroque concert hall, saying it will give Australians the chance to enjoy classical music in a European or Russian style. The Concert Hall at 104 Tynte Street in North Adelaide. Photo: Supplied Composer […]]]>

A classical composer has applied to host public performances in a heritage-listed house in North Adelaide which he has converted into a Baroque concert hall, saying it will give Australians the chance to enjoy classical music in a European or Russian style.

Composer and pianist Julian Cochran, who grew up in Adelaide and studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, has filed plans to change the use of an 1800s bluestone house on Tynte Street into a performance hall.

Considered a “classical music centre”, the locally heritage-listed building has already undergone meticulous renovations inspired by the 1700s architecture of concert halls and chambers across Europe.

If he gets permission from the state planning commission to open the venue, Cochran, who now lives in Europe, plans to host public piano recitals, fairy tale readings for children, philosophical lectures, music lessons and artistic presentations.

“During my concert travels, particularly in St Petersburg, Russia, I have often dreamed of giving Australians the opportunity to experience classical music amid such a great atmosphere,” Cochran said. Daily.

“I can’t explain how culturally isolated Australia is, so it will create valuable new links between Australia and the outside world of classical music..

“(This will provide) an opportunity for ordinary Australians who do not frequently visit Europe to have the chance to see a rococo chamber hall from around 1720 without traveling to Europe or Russia, and exactly like Peter the Great l would have featured when he was new.”

The concert hall with a hand-painted ceiling fresco. Photo: Supplied

The interior of the house, listed as a local heritage site, has been reconfigured into a reception area opening onto a concert hall with a baroque fresco in the ceiling, hand-painted by Italian artist Fabio Prati.

The concert hall can accommodate up to 40 people and will host up to three public recitals each week.

“All uses of the room will be strictly cultural,” Cochran said.

“My goal is to offer some free concerts to try to encourage people who hear beautiful music and who don’t usually attend classical concerts.

“There will also be masterclasses with teachers assisting pianists in front of a public audience, including international guest pianists.

“It’s extremely interesting for the audience because they can see the inner workings of the formation from a shrewd interpretation.”

Cochran said he insisted that the interior of the concert hall accurately captured the spirit and style of Baroque architecture, with a design informed by photographs of European concert halls in which he had happened.

“As I traveled through museums and concert halls in Europe and Russia, I often took close-up photos of details in the corners of rooms to try to capture techniques and send them back to builders in Australia,” said he declared.

“When discussing techniques, I was sometimes encouraged to add a ‘modern twist’ to what I had envisioned, but I always resisted insistently – in my opinion, time is the best filter.”

The concert hall was built inside a local heritage listed house on Tynte Street. Photo: Google

The composer said he was particularly proud of the ceiling fresco, which spans eleven meters and was painted by Prati as he listened to his music.

“While visiting the palaces of Genoa (Italy) near my home, I saw a painter – Fabio Prati – working in his studio and while entering and discussing art, we struck up a friendship”, he said. -he declares.

“It turned out that Prati was commissioned to work on the restorations of the most famous historical Genoese palaces.

Prati designed and hand painted the eight meter by 11 meter (fresco in hand) while listening to my orchestral work… applying the traditional skills and techniques of his homeland of Genoa.

“You will find many musical references such as the sirens of Greek mythology – part nymph and part bird.

“Their enchanting songs lured sailors to death, but what is more touching – showing the vital importance of music – is that the rare sailor was able to turn away from exquisite music, then the mermaid herself perished.”

Composer Julian Cochran. Picture: Facebook

For starters, Cochran said the concert hall would open “recital by recital.”

Asked how he financed the project, the composer replied: “We will see as we go along”.

“To recoup the costs of construction, maintenance and free uses, we hope that these expenses can be partially covered by paid recitals,” he said.

“I cannot be directly involved from home in Europe and with composition taking on enormous focus, work and volunteering openings will become available, including a venue manager to host recitals and other cultural events, and host guests in and out of the room.”

Meanwhile, the state government is undertaking a business case to determine the viability and profitability of building a taxpayer-funded acoustic concert hall in Adelaide.

A three-tier underground concert hall was once included in early plans for lot fourteen on the former site of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, but has since been abandoned.

Other potential sites for a concert hall that have been flagged by local architects include Elder Park and Botanic Park.

A draft scoping report analyzing the need for an acoustic concert hall in Adelaide was delivered to the state government and key arts stakeholders in August.

Several multi-million dollar concert halls around the world were analyzed as case studies, including the Recital Center in Melbourne and the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, the Sage music center in Gateshead in the UK, EMPAC and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, Singapore’s Victoria Theater and Concert Hall, and Tongyeong International Music Hall in South Korea.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra chief executive Vince Ciccarello has long called on the state government to invest in a concert hall, telling InDaily previously the orchestra’s most regular performance venue, Adelaide Town Hall, placed the ASO at a disadvantage as its capacity and facilities were insufficient.

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GuitarFest returns to APSU with a trio of concerts at the Mabry Concert Hall https://acotonline.org/guitarfest-returns-to-apsu-with-a-trio-of-concerts-at-the-mabry-concert-hall/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 11:30:43 +0000 https://acotonline.org/guitarfest-returns-to-apsu-with-a-trio-of-concerts-at-the-mabry-concert-hall/ Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) will host its annual GuitarFest from March 14-16, 2022. This year’s event will feature three concerts, each featuring an esteemed guitarist showcasing a different style. Concerts – all free and open to the public – begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the Mabry Concert Hall in […]]]>

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) will host its annual GuitarFest from March 14-16, 2022. This year’s event will feature three concerts, each featuring an esteemed guitarist showcasing a different style.

Concerts – all free and open to the public – begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the Mabry Concert Hall in the APSU Music/Mass Communication Building at Eighth Street and Marion Street.


This year’s musicians are:

  • Alan Mearn, performing on Monday March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Mearn is a virtuoso classical guitarist and alumnus of Austin Peay State University. His concert will focus on music from his recently recorded CD of virtuoso Bach transcriptions.
  • Paulo Oliveira, performing on Tuesday March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Oliveira is a Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist and is an assistant professor of music at Belmont University. It will present a mixed program of jazz and Brazilian music by Metheny, Bonfá, Bosco and original compositions, including a loop pedal.
  • Rene Izquierdo, performing on Wednesday March 16 at 7:30 p.m. Izquierdo is an internationally renowned virtuoso Cuban classical guitarist and professor of music at the University of Milwaukee.

GuitarFest is sponsored by the APSU Department of Music and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

For more information, contact APSU Music Professor Dr. Stanley Yates at YatesS@apsu.edu or the APSU Department of Music at 931.221.7818.

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Segerstrom Concert Hall to Present A BRONX TALE One-Man Show with Chazz Palminteri https://acotonline.org/segerstrom-concert-hall-to-present-a-bronx-tale-one-man-show-with-chazz-palminteri/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 05:04:05 +0000 https://acotonline.org/segerstrom-concert-hall-to-present-a-bronx-tale-one-man-show-with-chazz-palminteri/ The Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. In 1988, before it became a hit Broadway musical or feature film starring Robert DeNiro, Palminteri wrote and performed this A Bronx Tale, bringing […]]]>

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

In 1988, before it became a hit Broadway musical or feature film starring Robert DeNiro, Palminteri wrote and performed this A Bronx Tale, bringing 18 characters to life in a gripping tale of his difficult childhood on the streets. from the Bronx. And now Center audiences can see his classic coming-of-age story that started it all for him.

This powerful play describes his murderous youth experiences in great detail – including witnessing gang killings – and by the time it was first produced, it had been shown both in Los Angeles and in New York. An unknown theatrical product at the time, Palminteri had stubbornly refused to sell “A Bronx Tale” (offers were in the seven figures) unless he was part of the package as an actor and screenwriter. This eventually sparked the interest of Palminteri idol Robert De Niro, who was looking to make his film debut. De Niro, who saw the potential in “A Bronx Tale”, became Palminteri’s mentor, supporting him all the way, and the rest is history. The film “A Bronx Tale” (1993) received good reviews, with Palminteri as writer and actor, playing Sonny the mobster, and featuring his actress/producer/wife Gianna Palminteri. Since then, Palminteri has been an actor with more than 50 films to his credit, including “The Usual Suspects”, “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Analyze This”.Single tickets for “A Bronx Tale” One Man Show with Chazz Palminteri at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts start at $39 and are available now online at SCFTA.org, at the box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more people, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. Born and raised in the Bronx, Chazz Palminteri was the natural choice to receive the passing of the Italian torch in film. In the tradition established in the 1970s by icons such as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, John Cazale and Joe Pesci, Palminteri brought grit, muscle and evocative realism to the sidewalks of his neighborhood of New York, violent as they are and were. Chazz was born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri in 1952 in the Bronx, New York, the son of Rose, a housewife, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in the Bronx, giving her life lessons that would later prove invaluable to her career. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and began pursuing his craft in 1973, studying at the Actor’s Studio. He appeared off Broadway in the early 1980s, while paying his dues as a bouncer and doorman at nightclubs, among other jobs.In 1986, he headed west and found his ethnic qualifications were well-suited for getting tough guy roles. Clever lawyers, steadfast hoods and hard-nosed cops were all part of his streetwise ethnic persona on TV shows such as “Wiseguy” (1987), “Matlock” (1986) and “Hill Street Blues” (1981) . In film, he began by playing a 1930s-style gangster in Sylvester Stallone’s “Oscar” (1991). Although his roles were sharp, well-acted, and with a distinct edge, nothing about them showed he was capable of stronger lead roles. At 41, Palminteri became a star “overnight”. Other important projects quickly fell on him. He received a well-deserved Oscar nomination the following year for his portrayal of a Runyonesque hitman in Woody Allen’s hilarious jazz-era comedy “Bullets Over Broadway” (1994). He was on the right side of the law both in “The Perez Family” (1995), his first romantic role, and then in the crime classic “The Usual Suspects” (1995). He plays the unfortunate brute in “Diabolic” (1996) and writes a second screenplay, “Faithful” (1996), in which he again plays a contract killer, terrorizing both Cher and Ryan O’Neal.Although Palminteri was invariably drawn into rather tight, often violent typography, it was sure and flashy that continues to work strong into the millennium. True to form, his full-lipped growl was spotted in gritty urban environments playing a “Hell’s Kitchen” cop in “One Eyed King” (2001) with actor/producer Armand Assante; a pool hustler and mentor in “Poolhall Junkies” (2002); a mob boss in “In the Fix” (2005); a dirty cop in “Running Scared” (2006); the titular crook as “Yonkers Joe” (2008); a karaoke-loving Italian psychiatrist in “Once More with Feeling” (2009); and an abusive husband and father in “Mighty Fine” (2012). Other later films include starring appearances in “Body Armour” (2007), “The Dukes” (2007), the conman title as “Yonkers Joe” (2008), and “Once More with Feeling” (2009), as well as prime media in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” (2006), “Push” (2006), “Jolene” (2008), “Once Upon a Time in Queens” (2013), “Legend” (2015) , “Vault” (2019) and “Clover” (2020). TV crime also continues to fill its time, earning series credits such as “Kojak” (2005), “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010) and “Godfather of Harlem” (2019). Once in a while, he’ll relax – like in his recurring role as Shorty on the popular sitcom “Modern Family” (2009).

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Ukrainian city’s opera house and concert hall are destroyed https://acotonline.org/ukrainian-citys-opera-house-and-concert-hall-are-destroyed/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/ukrainian-citys-opera-house-and-concert-hall-are-destroyed/ Kharkiv Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (Photo credit: Kathmandu and beyond) According to BBC NewsUkraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, and its Liberty Square came under Russian missile and rocket fire. Place de la Liberté is home to the Kharkiv Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, The first university theater in Ukraine which houses two halls – […]]]>
Kharkiv Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (Photo credit: Kathmandu and beyond)

According to BBC NewsUkraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, and its Liberty Square came under Russian missile and rocket fire.

Place de la Liberté is home to the Kharkiv Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, The first university theater in Ukraine which houses two halls – one with 1500 seats and another with 400.

As reported in the New York Times, the missile strike hit large swaths of the surrounding areas of the square. There were at least 10 casualties and more injured from the strike.

“Video footage showed a missile hitting the local government building and exploding, causing a huge ball of fire and blowing through the windows of surrounding buildings,” BBC News reported.

The attack came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Russia was committing war crimes. “It’s the price of freedom,” he said. “This is terror against Ukraine. There were no military targets in the square – nor in the residential areas of Kharkiv which are under fire from artillery rockets.

As written in The India Saga, in the hours following the bombing, Zelensky delivered his speech to the European Parliament on the bombing. “This morning was very tragic for us, two cruise missiles hit Kharkiv. More than 20 universities are located there. Many Russians live there,” he said.

“The youth there are bright and smart, people gathered there for celebrations… The biggest square in our country – Freedom Square – can you imagine this morning that two cruise missiles hit it. This is the price of freedom that we find for our land and for our freedom. Every square in every town in our country will be called Place de la Liberté.

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Kharkiv Opera and Concert Hall hit in attack on Ukraine’s second largest city https://acotonline.org/kharkiv-opera-and-concert-hall-hit-in-attack-on-ukraines-second-largest-city/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 15:39:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/kharkiv-opera-and-concert-hall-hit-in-attack-on-ukraines-second-largest-city/ March 1, 2022, 3:39 PM | Updated: March 1, 2022, 5:09 PM Russia bombs Freedom Square and Kharkiv Opera House. Photo: Getty/Alamy Russian missiles and rockets hit the “cultural heart” of Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv. Freedom Square in central Kharkiv was hit by a massive Russian missile, causing severe damage to an opera house, […]]]>

March 1, 2022, 3:39 PM | Updated: March 1, 2022, 5:09 PM

Russia bombs Freedom Square and Kharkiv Opera House.

Photo: Getty/Alamy


Russian missiles and rockets hit the “cultural heart” of Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv.

Freedom Square in central Kharkiv was hit by a massive Russian missile, causing severe damage to an opera house, concert hall and government offices in an explosion of fire.

Kharkiv Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and nearby Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra reportedly hit in airstrike, in pictures circulating on social networks (warning: shocking images).

Kharkiv, which is Ukraine’s second-largest city, has been heavily shelled since the war began last week, and today’s attack alone killed 10 people and injured 35. Rescuers are still searching for civilians who may be buried under the rubble.

Liberty Square is the second largest city center square in Europe and a landmark of the city. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the strike an “act of terrorism” in a speech to the European Parliament. His speech comes a day after he signed Ukraine’s application for membership of the European Union.

In his speech to the European Parliament just hours after the attack, reported on March 1, President Zelensky said: “This morning was very tragic for us, two cruise missiles hit Kharkiv.

“More than 20 universities are there. Many Russians live there. Young people are bright and intelligent, people gather there for the holidays.

“The largest square in our country – Freedom Square – can you imagine this morning that two cruise missiles hit it. This is the price of freedom that we find for our land and for our freedom.

“Every square in every city in our country will be called Liberty Square.”

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Liberty Square was littered with debris on Tuesday, with all the buildings surrounding the square suffering damage.

“This is not a random mistaken salvo, but a conscious extermination of people. The Russians knew what they were firing at,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said of the bombardment of Freedom Square and other targets homes from the latest Russian airstrike.

Earlier this week, invading Russian forces burned down the local history museum in the Ukrainian town of Ivankiv.

The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles has condemned Russia for the “deliberate” burning of sites linked to the history of arts and culture in Ukraine, which now include the Opera House and Philharmonic as well as the Ivankiv Museum .

“The world’s material cultural heritage is our common heritage, the identity and inspiration of all mankind,” said James Cuno, Chairman and CEO of Getty.

“Cultural heritage has the power to unite us and is essential to achieving peace. It is also too often the target of war, another way of destroying and overcoming a society by erasing its memory.

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Paris concert hall cancels Russian star conductor https://acotonline.org/paris-concert-hall-cancels-russian-star-conductor/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/paris-concert-hall-cancels-russian-star-conductor/ Published on: 02/28/2022 – 18:04 Paris (AFP)- The prestigious Philharmonie de Paris concert hall on Monday became the latest arts institution to ban Russian conductor Valery Gergiev over his close ties to President Vladimir Putin. The concert hall said in a statement that it was revising its program for the coming months “in solidarity with […]]]>

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Paris (AFP)- The prestigious Philharmonie de Paris concert hall on Monday became the latest arts institution to ban Russian conductor Valery Gergiev over his close ties to President Vladimir Putin.

The concert hall said in a statement that it was revising its program for the coming months “in solidarity with the Ukrainian people” following Russia’s invasion of the pro-Western country.

He said he canceled two concerts in April by Gergiev and the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, of which he is the conductor and artistic director.

Gergiev, known to have warm ties to the Kremlin, has yet to issue a statement on the invasion.

Last week, authorities in the German city of Munich told him he risked losing his role as conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra if he did not condemn the war.

Gergiev was released on Sunday by his agent in Germany, Marcus Felsner.

The agency could no longer represent anyone “who is unwilling, or unable, to publicly end its longstanding support for a regime that has come to commit such crimes,” Felsner said in a statement.

Gergiev was also told last week that he would be fired from performances of Tchaikovsky’s opera “The Queen of Spades” at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala if he did not publicly denounce the war in Ukraine.

Milan mayor and La Scala president Giuseppe Sala said on Monday that Gergiev had “not responded”.

Asked about an upcoming performance on March 5, he replied: “I don’t think he will be there, I think we can rule him out at this stage.”

Gergiev was also barred from concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.

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Joe Rogan-Bound Comedy Club Planned for Austin’s Ritz Theater – TOWERS https://acotonline.org/joe-rogan-bound-comedy-club-planned-for-austins-ritz-theater-towers/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:29:28 +0000 https://acotonline.org/joe-rogan-bound-comedy-club-planned-for-austins-ritz-theater-towers/ A view of the historic Ritz Theater on East Sixth Street in downtown Austin, seen here when it was the central location of the Alamo Drafthouse, which operated from the building from 2007 to 2021 Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema The historic Ritz theater in 320 East Sixth Street will soon host a comedy club linked […]]]>

A view of the historic Ritz Theater on East Sixth Street in downtown Austin, seen here when it was the central location of the Alamo Drafthouse, which operated from the building from 2007 to 2021 Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The historic Ritz theater in 320 East Sixth Street will soon host a comedy club linked to a recently controversial podcast host and new Austin resident Joe Rogan, according to a number of local property filings and an application to the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission. A permit to install new signage at the front of the building is on the consent agenda for the next commission meeting on February 28, along with backup documents for the renovation item using the name Comedy-mother. Three potential options for the new club sign are included:

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

Previous reports indicated that Rogan planned to open a comedy club in West Austin, but its acquisition of One World Theater ultimately fell through, with East Sixth Street mentioned last year as a potential new location for the club. The Ritz property was purchased from previous owners Craddock Properties in November 2021 by Asylum Real Estate Holdings, a company run by Rogan representative Matthew Lichtenberg of Level Four Business Management in Los Angeles. Lichtenberg, along with Rogan and his wife Jessica, is also the director of a recently incorporated entity known as Rogan Family Foundation, Inc.

A photo of the Ritz taken as part of historic preservation efforts likely in the mid-1970s. Image: Texas Historical Commission

The building, opened in 1929 with a design by Austin architect Hugo Kuehne, has a long history of use as both a standard and adult movie theater, as well as short stints as a concert hall and punk rock club. in the 1970s and 80s – there’s comedy history here too, with the theater briefly hosting the famous local troupe The follies of Esther. The building previously housed the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz from 2007 until its closure last year.

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

The request to the historic commission — which, due to its presence on the consent agenda, is likely to pass without meaningful discussion — plans to remove old Alamo signage and install Comedy Mothership branding from the club, as well as modifications of the door and window model. of the west facade which will restore the building to its original appearance based on historical photos. The club will add a new awning to the existing frame above the sidewalk, replace the tile at the entrance and install a roll-up door to prevent access to the club lobby after hours.

An undated photo of an audience at the Ritz Theatre. Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

While these documents paint a clear picture of this property’s new connection to Rogan and its future as a comedy club, other details, including a timeline for renovations or an opening date for the business, remain. unknown. Still, transforming this historic property into the heart of downtown would be a hugely visible sign of Austin’s new status as a celebrity relocation hotspot.

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‘Tootsie’ opens Tuesday at Bass Concert Hall https://acotonline.org/tootsie-opens-tuesday-at-bass-concert-hall/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/tootsie-opens-tuesday-at-bass-concert-hall/ When people think of the movie “Tootsie,” they remember an uncomfortable Dustin Hoffman in a sparkly red sequined dress. The film, released in theaters in 1982, was built around counterpoints: social commentary with farce, seriousness with absurdity, while making some important observations on sexism. Flash before 40 years. Society has come a long way in […]]]>

When people think of the movie “Tootsie,” they remember an uncomfortable Dustin Hoffman in a sparkly red sequined dress. The film, released in theaters in 1982, was built around counterpoints: social commentary with farce, seriousness with absurdity, while making some important observations on sexism.

Flash before 40 years. Society has come a long way in its treatment of women and marginalized populations, but inequalities persist. Likewise, they’re properly roasted in the updated Broadway musical “Tootsie.”

“It’s very current,” said Jared David Michael Grant, who plays Jeff Slater, originally portrayed in Bill Murray’s film. “We were lucky to work with the original author, so even now it’s reworked.”

“Tootsie’s” director Dave Solomon worked directly with original screenwriter Robert Horn to bring the production to the stage and into the future.

“The female characters have a stronger voice in the story than in the film,” Grant said. “And in some of the scenes dealing with Michael in female outfits, we worked with that to not make fun of trans people, who are actually real women.”

The Michael Grant is referring to is main character Michael Dorsey. Dorsey, played by Drew Becker, is an actor. He is lively, handsome, talented and incapable of landing a role.

Her answer: dress in drag and audition for roles traditionally meant for women.

Grant as Jeff Slater acts as the angel on Dorsey’s shoulder, enlightening his friend (and simultaneously, the audience) on all the (and hilarious) ways it could go wrong.

“It’s always fun to hear the audience reaction,” Grant said. “I am a good friend. Very forward with my feelings and open with Michael.

The musical features an original score and lyrics by Tony award-winning composer David Yazbek. Grant, who made his theatrical debut singing in church, is said to have one of the biggest songs of the entire show.

“It’s a fun song,” Grant said. “The lyrics are really smart.”

Grant also pointed out how “Tootsie” presents a mirror of real life in a humorous way. “My parents saw what a ham I was at a young age,” he said. “I did sports, but that wasn’t it. My aunt will tell a story of how in the middle of a football game I started doing Michael Jackson moves.

Grant found his way to the stage, where he said he could be the truest version of himself.

“I feel like a lot of people sometimes pretend to be someone they’re not,” he said. “Not as much as Michael Dorsey, but we wear an invisible mask. This show is about trusting people. You don’t have to be someone you’re not.

“Tootsie” takes time to examine this theme while remaining fast, upbeat and lighthearted. After several shutdowns and restarts during the pandemic, Grant — and many who have found a home in the performing arts — have expressed their gratitude for finally returning to the stage.

“During the whole quarantine situation, it was nice to take a break to re-examine myself and why I chose to do theater: Do I still love this and all?” said Grant. “And I do. Coming back was like, Wow, I really like that.

Grant said he was especially grateful to return with a musical. “This show is a constant laugh,” he said. “Really developed characters, but also gut laughs. From your heart. From your stomach. Wear a diaper just in case. It will be a wonderful thing to see.

Texas Performing Arts presents Broadway In Austin’s “Tootsie,” the Broadway musical’s first nationwide tour, Feb. 22-27, Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin.

Tickets start at $35 and are available at texasperformingarts.org and BroadwayinAustin.com, by phone at (512) 477-1444, or at the Texas Performing Arts box office in Bass Concert Hall. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin. groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

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On Stage Live presents the Thalea Quartet concert at the White Concert Hall https://acotonline.org/on-stage-live-presents-the-thalea-quartet-concert-at-the-white-concert-hall/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 02:49:48 +0000 https://acotonline.org/on-stage-live-presents-the-thalea-quartet-concert-at-the-white-concert-hall/ TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Thalea String Quartet performed a dynamic chamber music concert at the White Concert Hall on Thursday evening as part of the ongoing concert series sponsored by On Stage Live. The Thalea String Quartet is a doctoral string quartet from the University of Maryland. The quartet also held fellowships at the University […]]]>

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Thalea String Quartet performed a dynamic chamber music concert at the White Concert Hall on Thursday evening as part of the ongoing concert series sponsored by On Stage Live.

The Thalea String Quartet is a doctoral string quartet from the University of Maryland. The quartet also held fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin and the San Francisco Conservatory.

They’ve shared the stage with luminaries from the world of chamber music, including members of the Emerson, Borromeo and St. Lawrence String Quartets, and they’ve performed alongside famous artists, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, violist Lawrence Power, acclaimed Canadian band BADBADNOTGOOD and visionary hip-hop artist Jay Electronica.

The quartet is made up of:

  • Christopher Whitley (violin) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Kumiko Sakamoto (violin) from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada (absent due to illness)
  • Lauren Spaulding (viola) from San Antonio, Texas
  • Titilayo Ayangade (cello) from Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dr. Zsolt Eder, Professor of Musical Arts at Washburn University (replacing Kumiko Sakamoto)

On Stage Live, originally known as the Topeka Community Concert Association, has brought world music to Topeka stages since the 1930s. They continue to fulfill the original mission of the Community Concert Association, providing world-class musical experiences to a Topeka audience and supporting the musicians who grace the stage.

Next up in the On Stage Live Concert series is the DUO BALDO musical comedy team on Friday, March 18. Featuring acclaimed violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their critically acclaimed performances combine virtuoso performances, theatrical humor and pop culture.

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The Little Orchestra Society Returns Live to the Concert Hall in 2022 with VIVALDI’S VIRTUOSAS and More https://acotonline.org/the-little-orchestra-society-returns-live-to-the-concert-hall-in-2022-with-vivaldis-virtuosas-and-more/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/the-little-orchestra-society-returns-live-to-the-concert-hall-in-2022-with-vivaldis-virtuosas-and-more/ The Little Orchestra Society, an experiential presentation of music for children and families, returns to the Kaye Playhouse for the first time since March 2020 with a captivating concert in time to celebrate Women’s History Month! While the original 75th anniversary season opener was delayed from January due to the Omicron variant, the orchestra and […]]]>

The Little Orchestra Society, an experiential presentation of music for children and families, returns to the Kaye Playhouse for the first time since March 2020 with a captivating concert in time to celebrate Women’s History Month!

While the original 75th anniversary season opener was delayed from January due to the Omicron variant, the orchestra and ensemble LOS are busy rehearsing for its next show in time to recognize International Women’s Day. and welcome spring with the works of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. .

The March concert opens con forza as Vivaldi and his protege seek out the best soloists in the world, and Maestro Miller convinces them to turn their auditions into a one-of-a-kind concert featuring a parade of dazzling young performers. ! The concert will feature talented students from the Juilliard School Pre-College and MAP (Music Advancement Program), as well as accomplished guitarist Gabriele Leite.

This season will be dedicated to the memory of longtime LOS chief executive Joanne Bernstein-Cohen, who passed away this summer. Continuing his legacy and LOS’s mission to educate and connect the next generation to the world of orchestral music, his successor, Executive Director Anthony Ball, along with LOS Artistic Advisor David Alan Miller.

“We are entering the next chapter in the history of the Little Orchestra Society,” Mr. Ball said. “With the passing of our dear friend and colleague Joanne Bernstein-Cohen, the Board, staff and I are more determined than ever to continue our tradition of the best in music education and of concerts for young people. Joanne created LOS ‘An Orchestra for all New Yorkers’, and we will honor her legacy of inspiring children in the classroom and welcoming new audiences into the concert hall. These concerts are ideal for children ages 3-10, and LOS will have comprehensive health and safety guidelines to ensure families feel comfortable revisiting the concert venue.”

Conducted by David Alan Miller, with our professional orchestra, the music of beloved composers like Vivaldi, Gershwin and Ellington is combined with commissions from living composers from diverse backgrounds to inspire new audiences with the vitality of live performance. LOS invites thousands of children and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods each season to attend free concert programs.

Drama, video, dance, original scripts, and expertly crafted music education come together to form an engaging entry into how music can stimulate creativity, add meaning and purpose to life, and develop life skills in both the budding musician and the avid listener. For younger viewers and throughout their lifetime, experiencing this music becomes like hearing about an old friend.

The 75th anniversary series continues with two more concerts that include new compositions by emerging artists, incorporate mixed media and animation, and invite audience participation in these highly entertaining and educational concerts.

Buy your tickets now for the following 2022 concerts:

Vivaldi’s Virtuosos!

Vivaldi and his protege are looking for the best soloists in the world, and Maestro Miller convinces them to turn their auditions into a one-of-a-kind concert with a parade of dazzling young performers!

David Alan Miller, conductor

Saturday March 5, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Four Seasons, Concerto for Mandolin

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

Treblemaker: Opera!

LOS commissioned a brand new opera, and somehow Professor Treblemaker ended up with the mission! It calls on Maestro Miller and a talented ensemble of young singers to perform a mix of opera’s greatest hits!

David Alan Miller, conductor

Saturday April 2, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sunday April 3, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Overture to William Tell, Classics by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and others

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

Ellington & Gershwin: Rhapsodies in Jazz!

As he plans the perfect season finale, Professor Treblemaker’s schedule leans heavily on old-world classics; Duke Ellington and George Gershwin arrive to save the day (and blow up the house) at a concert celebrating American composers!

David Alan Miller, conductor

Saturday 14 May, at 11.30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sunday 15 May, at 11.30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Take train A, Rhapsody in Blue, Un Américain to Paris

92nd Street, Kaufmann Concert Hall

Visit www.littleorchestra.org/concerts to ensure your seat selection. You can also purchase affordable subscriptions for the entire three-concert season.

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