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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....

Smokey Joe’s Café serves up enjoyable, if bland, fare

Monday night as part of their Broadway in Charleston series the Clay Center presented “Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.” The show is a review of some standard pop tunes, a few rhythm and blues classics and...

Consummate performer James Taylor puts on a great show
Consummate performer James Taylor puts on a great show

James Taylor has made a mint off of being a homesick/heartsick kid from the Carolinas, but at 66 years old, he is hardly still a child. Nevertheless, on Friday night he brought his white-boy-sings-the-blues brand of American folk to the Charleston...

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