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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 ...

FestivALL play deadline has been extended to May 20

FestivALL deadline has been extended to May 20

FestivALL has extended the deadline for its Location Play Contest until May 20.

The challenge is for writers to use the location to figure prominently in the script. This year’s...

Second weekend for shows

Community theater continues this weekend with a slate of performances including the second weekend showings of the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s production of “Into the Woods,” in the Charleston Civic Center’s Little...

'CYAC Cares!' stages series of social-action plays
'CYAC Cares!' stages series of social-action plays

Some theater is just for entertainment, some theater is just for the art of it and some theater is more about a kind of responsibility. Dan Kehde said the Contemporary Youth Arts Company's social-action plays are theater that needs to be done....

‘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...

Actress find dream role in ‘Into the Woods’
Actress find dream role in ‘Into the Woods’

ctress Kristin Pennington gushed when she talked about Charleston Light Opera Guild’s latest production, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

“I love ‘Into the Woods,’” she said....

The other live radio show this weekend
The other live radio show this weekend

Some plays are meant to be a feast for the eyes with elaborate sets, gorgeous costumes and maybe a fantastic dance number.

The Kanawha Players production of “Vintage Hitchcock: A Radio Play” is not going to be one of those...

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...

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