Archives for April 2013

Being Alive: ‘Company’ Replaces ‘Chicago’ on TN Rep’s 2013-14 Slate

Phones ring, bells chime, in comes Company ! Tennessee Repertory Theatre has announced that Stephen Sondheim’s multiple Tony-winning 1970 landmark musical will be added to its 2013-14 season.  “Company is a show I have long loved, one that has been on my ‘short list’ forever,” says Tennessee Rep Producing Artistic Director René D. Copeland. “It means we will […]

Cinderella’s slippers are a perfect fit for Dance Theatre of Tennessee

Cinderella is the quintessential populist heroine. She’s the ultimate every-girl, the young woman who dreams large and makes it in the big time. Is it any wonder Prince Charming falls for her? This weekend, Dance Theatre of Tennessee will present the full-length storybook ballet Cinderella at Father Ryan High School Auditorium in Nashville. The story […]

Nashville hosts the ultimate East meets West concert

Zeitgeist Gallery inaugurated its new location at 516 Hagan St. on Sunday night with its most adventurous Indeterminacies concert yet. The performance featured guitarist Denny Jiosa and composer-percussionist Robert Bond improvising via Skype with students in East China. These two groups – separated by over 8,500 miles – gave a joint performance that was intimate, […]

‘The Rotten Core’ gives TN Rep Interns Chance to Shine

The folks at Tennessee Repertory Theatre make their shows look so good. I’ve often written about the vets on the front line like Producing Artistic Director René Copeland that make that happen. Sunday and Monday, though, it’s about some of the folks you don’t get to see at TPAC as you sit there marveling at the […]

Film review/interview: ‘Mud’ Tells a Lovely American Story

Mud is a coming-of-age story that’s also a love letter to American literature and classic American movies. For writer-director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) it began with a simple idea that gestated for years in his creative imagination. “It’s a pretty dense story and I think a part of that is the fact that I’ve carried […]

NaFF Attendance up 5.7 Percent as 2013 Edition Comes to a Close

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) that wrapped Thursday at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 broke records and charted new territory, according to its organizers. The festival presented by Nissan closed its 44th consecutive year with a 5.7% increase in attendance and a total of 27,813 attendees, which was music to the ears and eyes of Artistic […]

Zeitgeist’s Indeterminacies goes global with real-time intercontinental improvisation

Zeitgeist Gallery’s Indeterminacies new-music series will present one of its most adventurous shows yet on Sunday evening, when guitarist Denny Jiosa and composer Robert Bond perform via Skype with students in China. Bond came up with the idea after a recent conversation on Skype with his friend Fran Zinder, a former Nashville visual artist who […]

Film review: Principled Versus Pragmatic in ‘The Company You Keep’

Like several of my colleagues I got into journalism because John Seigenthaler was my hero from the first time I heard him speak about his profession. Around the same time this amazing, encouraging and remarkable man was getting me to imagine what “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” (to borrow loosely from Finley Peter Dunne) […]

Nashville Ballet’s radiant ‘Romeo and Juliet’ opens at TPAC

Nashville Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling loves to insert a little magic into his productions. Leave it to Vasterling to find a way to do it in Romeo and Juliet, the classic Prokofiev ballet that opens Friday night for a three-day run at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. We first notice the sleight of hand […]

‘If You Die, I Will Kill You,’ ‘This is Martin Bonner,’ ‘Nairobi Half Life’ Among NaFF 2013 Winners

The Nashville Film Festival today announced winners of NaFF 2013. at the Awards Ceremony at the Green House Bar in Green Hills.  Artistic Director Brian Owens presented the awards. Three films won two awards each: Breakfast with Curtis, directed by Laura Colella, This is Martin Bonner, directed by Chad Hardigan, and Nairobi Half Life, directed […]

Butch Spyridon Wins 2013 Nashville Film Festival Beacon Award

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) has named Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President and CEO Butch Spyridon the winner of the 2013 Nashville Film Festival Beacon Award.  The award was presented by NaFF Executive Director Ted Crockett at Tuesday’s sneak peek screening of the Bureau’s new documentary film For the Love of Music: The Story […]

Pictorial: Nashville Shakespeare Festival Celebrates Will’s Birthday!

Today is considered the 449th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. On Sunday the Nashville Shakespeare Festival presented Bardaroo! at Cumberland Park. The event, which was also part of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s year-long silver anniversary festivities, included Denice Hicks, the festival’s artistic director, staging the “Biggest Balcony Scene EVER” as Hicks and a host of others performed […]

Blair Big Band swings into spring

The Blair Big Band gave a cohesive, sparkling performance Friday night with their “Swing into Spring” concert. The event not only featured the strong student ensemble, but outstanding guest performances from top area players. Under Billy Adair’s leadership, the Blair Big Band adheres to the genre’s virtues of precision and discipline as it spotlights an array of talented young musicians whose styles and […]

Kendeda Fund boosts ArtsATL with $10,000 grant

I am pleased to announce that the Kendeda Fund has awarded ArtsATL a $10,000 grant. “The Kendeda Fund has long acknowledged the importance of a vibrant local arts community in bridging the many facets of Atlanta,” says a spokesman for the fund’s anonymous donor. “By providing topical and current commentary, ArtsATL helps drive attendance, participation […]

Gateway Chamber Orchestra to make Nashville debut with Mahler masterpiece

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) may well be the most intimate and profound music Gustav Mahler ever wrote. Composed in 1908-09, the work sets to music German translations of exotic Chinese poetry, verse that prompted Mahler to create an intense musical meditation on the passing of life. […]

Theater review: The Giddy Joy of Seeing TN Rep’s ‘The Columnist’

“…What a day this has been! What a rare mood I’m in! Why, it’s almost like being in love! There’s a smile on my face for the whole human race! Why, it’s almost like being in love!…” From “Almost Like Being in Love” in Brigadoon A review of David Auburn’s riveting play The Columnist that begins with lyrics from […]

Belmont’s 24th Annual President’s Concert honors Carolyn Townsend McAfee

Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall was arguably the best thing to happen to the Nashville Music scene during the 2012-13 season. This magnificent 876-seat hall, located in the sanctuary of the former Belmont Heights Baptist Church, has the same dimensions as the famed Tonhalle in Zurich, Switzerland. No wonder the McAfee has such glorious acoustics. […]

Theater review: BRT is Wonderfully Up to ‘Floyd Collins’ Challenge

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Since 2001 Boiler Room Theatre has worked hard to earn its well-deserved reputation for presenting engaging musical fare. They have enjoyed challenges and taken risks, and many of those risks have paid off. They may have taken perhaps their biggest risk with the complex music for Floyd Collins, and that risk has paid […]

Four hands, one singular sensation at Blair

Thursday evening at the Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall, and an appreciative audience was treated to a type of chamber music that no longer receives the attention that the quality and quantity of its repertoire merits. Two long-time members of the piano faculty, Amy Dorfman and Mark Wait (also the dean of the […]

Pianist Daniil Trifonov, Nashville Symphony shine in Mozart’s masterpiece

Pianist Daniil Trifonov is a hot commodity in the classical music world. In 2011, he became the first pianist in history to win back-to-back gold medals in both the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. Now, he’s in constant demand as an orchestral soloist and has recorded his first CD for […]