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Mendelssohn, found not on new ground, but without fault

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64has long been near the top of the charts for popularity in Western Art music, which means it is so familiar that it is hard to hear anything new in it. Violinist Nikki Chooi, in his debut with the...

Mendelssohn, found not on new ground, but without fault

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64has long been near the top of the charts for popularity in Western Art music, which means it is so familiar that it is hard to hear anything new in it. Violinist Nikki Chooi, in his debut with the ...

‘Guys and Dolls’ campy Broadway fun comes to Charleston

Friday night the Clay Center kicked off the new year with the best possible choice for the Broadway in Charleston series, “Guys and Dolls.” Due to technical difficulties the show was extremely late getting started, but the performance...

From an embarrassment of riches, Opus sings with grace

When choruses program concerts, they have to sort through an embarrassment of riches: More than 1,000 years of compositions. In its excellent Christmas concert, Opus Chorale, the 16-voice chamber chorus, sampled music from across the choral canon,...

Review: Miracle on 34th Street cute but lacks classic charm

Though “Miracle on 34th Street” was billed as a “beloved holiday classic,” you might have found yourself disappointed if you went expecting something true to the 1947 film starring Maureen O’Hara.

Friday night...

Music about the cold never bothers womanSong

The choral Christmas season continued Saturday night as womanSong drew a large crowd to Christ Church United Methodist for a fine, if lengthy concert. Just a few empty seats dotted the hall.

Conductor Emily Capece’s program,...

W.Va. Symphony, Charleston Ballet deliver stunning “The Nutcraker”

On Friday night the Charleston Ballet and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra teamed up for a stunning presentation of “The Nutcracker.” With guest dancers from the English National Ballet School and the Columbia Classical Ballet this...

Alban actors do their best to lift up Dickens’ bleak ‘Carol’

Last night, the Alban put on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday morality tale, “A Christmas Carol.” While the acting was up to snuff and the set design was lovely, this Christmas staple is more than 170 years old, so it may be time...

Thompson, O’Brien shine in annual Christmas concert

At Bob Thompson’s annual “Joy to the World” Christmas show Thursday night at the state Culture Center, Thompson assured the crowd that he and the band wouldn’t play “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” a...

Review: Last show of “Mountain Stage” season terrific

Sunday night, “Mountain Stage’s” 31st season came to a satisfying close at the Culture Center Theater with a crowd-pleasing show that might have been the best in the last couple of months.

Since the beginning of October, the ...

Christmas music with confidence from the Charleston Civic Chorus

The holiday choral season launched with confident precision in the Charleston Civic Chorus’ concert Sunday afternoon at the Baptist Temple.

Conductor Truman Dalton remains committed to new music, but in this concert he mixed in works...

Review: WVSO sparkles in holiday concert

For many music lovers, the Christmas season comes with a spate of choral concerts, and Charleston is no exception. But perhaps the local holiday season has come to be defined by the annual holiday pops concert by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra....

Review: Bonamassa brings cool to Clay

Dang.

Blues performer Joe Bonamassa blasted off at the Clay Center Tuesday night to a mostly full concert hall.

The floor and first balcony were filled, while fans were scattered along the walls in box seats and at the top of the venue....

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