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Aretha Franklin Clay Center performance was ‘practically a historical event’

The awful, unavoidable truth is that vocalists do not get better with age. After 20, 30 or 40 years, most of them lose power and range, and usually, the more notable the vocalist, the more noticeable the loss.

The fall can be terrible and for...

CD review: The Modock Rounders’ tribute to WV fiddler Wilson Douglas
CD review: The Modock Rounders’ tribute to WV fiddler Wilson Douglas

Old Tunes & New Blood: Legacy of Wilson Douglas

Modock Rounders

Buffalo Skinner CD-3085

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The title says it all. The Modock Rounders (fiddler Jesse Pearson, with Kim Johnson on banjo and Cody Jordan on guitar) pay ...

‘Into the Woods’ is simply spectacular

If you were to mix up everything you love about fairy tales, add in a dash of terror, sprinkle on some playful humor and wrap it in outstanding music you would have the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s Friday night opening of “Into the...

Modernist Rachmaninov played with nuanced rhythm, but a bit brittle

Russian pianist Lola Astanova was popular enough with the local audience in her performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the West Virginia Symphony in November, 2013 that she was brought back this season. Friday night she joined...

Chorus’ spring show a pleasant jaunt down road less taken

It is not necessary to program from the same old canon of popular, if overly explored, works to build a great concert. The West Virginia Symphony Chorus’ spring concert at Christ Church United Methodist had 20th-century music from beyond the...

WomanSong with instruments, real, really long and imaginary

I knew something different was in store Saturday night for womanSong’s spring concert when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the 13-foot alpine horn being pushed up the aisle of St Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

That proved to be...

David Wax Museum brings energy to new Clay Center series

The room was filled with chatter when the David Wax Museum took the Clay Center’s main stage Friday, but almost instantly when the band’s leading duo began harmonizing the sweet, sad tune of “Lavender Street,” a natural...

‘Greater Tuna’ has great actors, but plot really flounders

On Friday night The LimeLight Theatre Company opened their production of “Greater Tuna” at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theater.

The two-man play featured Alex Bannerman and Chris Terpening as seemingly the...

“Catch and Release” a challenging catch

Friday night The Alban opened its premiere of “Catch and Release,” written by West Virginia native Jeremy Richter. It is an odd production, barely an hour long, about four friends and their interactions over decades of their lives....

A requiem with economy, musicality

Setting the Latin mass for the dead, the requiem, has remained popular with composers. But for more than a century, it has become customary to include texts from other sources to amplify in the setting of the Latin words.

Such was the case...

Review: Fleet opera and Broadway when a trio joins the W. Va. Symphony

Opera has been pop music for as long as it has been opera, no matter what effort Wagner and his contemporaries made to elevate it into high art.

That pop quality was clear in the West Virginia Symphony’s “From Boheme to Broadway,...

Review: Hard to cope with Citizen at Clay Center

Wednesday night the Clay Center offered up Citizen Cope, an acoustic solo act. His music was mellow and funky, his voice a solid warm baritone, but the themes were pop-music-love-song repetitive with the occasional fight-the-man anthem thrown in for...

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