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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...

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


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...

St. Paul and the Broken Bones rock ‘Mountain Stage’

Paul Janeway brought the gospel to Charleston, as he and his band St. Paul and the Broken Bones shook Mountain Stage with thunderous spirit on Sunday night.

Janeway, from Alabama, was brought up in the Pentecostal Church, evident in his...

‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ a glum set-up for ‘Hunger Games’ finale
‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ a glum set-up for ‘Hunger Games’ finale

Dark and hazy, relentlessly glum and dull, “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay: Part 1” is the first film in this sci-fi series to refuse to even attempt to stand on its own.

If you haven’t seen the previous films, good...

Review: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ a true epic
Review: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ a true epic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The word “epic” gets tossed about rather liberally by those of us who write about video games, where it’s easy to get lost in a sea of hyperbole while talking about the latest “flavor of the month....

Review: Lively Baroque ensemble brightens a dreary Autumn day

It may have been cold and rainy Sunday but Red Priest brightened the day considerably. It returned to Charleston with its high-energy take on Baroque music in a concert for the Charleston Chamber Music Society at Christ Church United Methodist....

Pianist makes triumphant return with W.Va. Symphony

When Pianist Valentina Lisitsa was forced to cancel a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with the West Virginia Symphony in January, she offered to return this season and perform both of the composer’s piano...

Review: ‘The Master Chief Collection’ the definitive ‘Halo’ experience
Review: ‘The Master Chief Collection’ the definitive ‘Halo’ experience

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With everything that “Halo” has done for Microsoft — not the least of which was single-handedly establish the Xbox as a viable gaming platform — it seems only fitting that the publisher pull out...

Park Place opens critically acclaimed ‘Birdman’ Friday
Park Place opens critically acclaimed ‘Birdman’ Friday

The stunningly unique visual style and sacrificial slaughter of stardom makes “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” a modern day “Sunset Boulevard” — where winning and losing recognition can be a...

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