Archives for January 2014

Opera Review: Fine Shave from Nashville Opera’s ‘Barber of Seville’

Ah, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! What a fine shave you give when The Barber of Seville is in the hands of Nashville Opera. Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 opera buffa farce extraordinaire has elements even non-opera fans will recognize, particularly its overture (which among other humorous homages provided a certain Warner Bros. cartoon character with a very memorable vehicle) and […]

Keeping an Open Mind for All We Meet: Theater Bug’s ‘Oddly Puddle’

The caring and compassionate artists at The Theater Bug – from Artistic Director Cori Anne Laemmel to very young performers – look at the needs, wants, hopes and dreams of children and their families in their programs. Today (Jan. 30) they open Oddly Puddle is from Inner Space, which centers on a non-verbal boy’s world, […]

Theater Review: A Coming of Age for Atlanta and ‘The Geller Girls’

ATLANTA – “Today the world came to Atlanta. Right now as I write you there are cannibals in the park. I’m not exaggerating. And there are Eskimos and camels and Amazon women and matadors with bulls…,” 17-year-old Louisa Geller excitedly says through a letter to her beau in Janece Shaffer’s beautiful new play The Geller […]

Music Review: Nashville Jazz Workshop pays homage to the genius of Max Roach and Clifford Brown

Jazz On The Move, a free concert series held at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in conjunction with the Nashville Jazz Workshop, began its eighth season Sunday in excellent fashion. A first-rate quintet celebrated the compositions and artistry of the Max Roach/Clifford Brown quintet. They were a superb hard bop unit whose tenure […]

Triple Axelrod: Is Your Theater a Community or a Clique?

You know the feeling. A heavy, sweeping sadness descends from your shoulders to your heart. Followed by a sharp sensation in your solar plexus that cuts so deeply your feet no longer exist. They don’t like you. Maybe it’s because you don’t look the same. Your skin color is a different hue or your fashion style […]

Music Review: Atlantic Ensemble brings Beethoven and Bolcom to Blair’s Turner Hall

The Atlantic Ensemble, formed in 2003 in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod, is now based in landlocked Nashville. Its four members – Wei Tsun Chang, violin; Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola; Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello; Jennifer McGuire, piano – are all currently faculty members at the Blair School of Music. Wednesday evening they […]

Nashville Symphony announces adventurous 2014-15 classical season

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra will open its 2014-15 season with a rumble. Well, to be absolutely precise, the NSO will launch its new season with a movie about rumble, the classic 1961 film West Side Story. Giancarlo Guerrero and the NSO will provide live accompaniment to the film during their opening gala performances (Sept. 5-6). The orchestra’s […]

Gold Rush as Folk Opera in Brace and Straub’s ‘Hangtown Dancehall’

Red Beet Records Album Officially Out Today The bright lights of Broadway are a long way from the near-mythic Red Beet Bunker – Americana nice guy Eric Brace’s home and label HQ in the cracked asphalt hollers of East Nashville. But Brace isn’t ruling it out. “Who knows? Broadway? I don’t know,” says Brace, 53, […]

Music Review: Faust and Melnikov find the genius in Beethoven’s details

The small audience at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall that braved Tuesday evening’s cold temperature was rewarded with a program combining great music with consummate musicianship. German violinist Isabelle Faust and Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov, both successful concert soloists in their own right, also concertize and record regularly as a duo. They have […]

Nashville Area’s Adams and Kramer New Encore Theatrical Directors

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – After a six month long nationwide search, Encore Theatrical Company is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors. Beginning Feb. 17, Kate Adams and Patrick Kramer, both from the Nashville area, will be joining the company: Adams will assume the role of Artistic Director while Kramer will serve as Education […]

Pictorial: ‘I Love Lucy’ Comes to TPAC

ArtsNash was there Thursday night for I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the hit stage show adapted from the beloved TV program that runs through Feb. 2 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater. Tickets are available at, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in […]

Music Review: Roberta Flack’s voice remains astonishing

It’s been more than four decades since Roberta Flack’s alluring, sensational voice was introduced to the public at large via Clint Eastwood’s 1971 directorial debut Play Misty For Me, and in particular the spectacular ballad “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” While jazz and soul fans had already embraced the 1969 debut LP First Take, […]

‘The Barber of Seville’ Shaves it Comically Close at Nashville Opera

Nashville Opera’s next presentation is Gioachino Rossini’s beloved family-friendly comedy The Barber of Seville. A beautiful girl must enter an arranged marriage with old Doctor Bartolo, but she is in love with the handsome Count Almaviva. There’s only one man who can help them – can Figaro save the day? Will the young lovers be […]

Theater Review: Nashville Shakes Has Riveting Look at ‘Othello’

It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul, of much happiness that Nashville Shakespeare Festival has produced a movingly tragic Othello. William Shakespeare’s masterful look at love, jealousy and betrayal is well served by the thoughtful direction of Jon Royal, strong performances from Eddie George, Nat McIntyre and others as well as designs […]

Music Preview: Nashville gears up for 12th annual Mozart Birthday Concert

Who would have guessed that Roger Wiesmeyer’s annual Mozart Birthday Concert would become the hottest ticket during the coldest days of January? Last year, many Mozart fans who attended the event at Edgehill United Methodist Church found themselves crammed into a standing-room only hall. This year, the accommodations promise to be a little less sardine-like. […]

Music Review: From Bach to electronic music, Blair flutist Philip Dikeman does it all

Flutist Philip Dikeman and several of his faculty colleagues from the Blair School of Music presented a varied program of chamber music Friday evening at Turner Recital Hall. Dikeman, a member of the Detroit Symphony for nearly 20 years before coming to Blair, has the technique to make even the most difficult passages sound effortless […]

Music Review: Nashville Symphony Soars in Mahler’s Seventh

Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony is a kind of sonic Grand Canyon: It’s a breathtaking wonder, a marvel of musical emotion that can only be fully appreciated in person. No recording, no YouTube video can ever do it justice. Mahler’s sprawling, 85-minute orchestral essay is anchoring the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s program this weekend at the Schermerhorn […]

CD Review: Westminster Choir sparkles in the luminous sounds of composer Daniel Elder

Over the years, Westminster Choir has recorded the music of many of history’s great composers, including Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Daniel Elder…Daniel who? Chances are you’ve never heard of Daniel Elder, a 27-year-old freelance composer from Athens, Ga., who now lives in Nashville. But that’s likely to change. Elder’s music is the focus […]

Nashville Ballet offers discounts for ‘Attitude’

Nashville Ballet’s annual Attitude program is always among the most strikingly original and entertaining shows of the year (here’s what ArtsNash thought of last year’s performance). This month, Nashville Ballet is offering a discount on Attitude tickets. Performances are Feb. 14 to 16 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theatre. The company has provided […]

London’s Royal Ballet, coming to a cinema near you

The Royal Ballet 2014 Cinema Season begins this month at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16, 3815 Green Hills Village Dr. With a new production of special one-night performances brought to the big screen monthly through March, this series of popular storybook and classic ballets will begin with the romantic “Giselle” on Monday, Jan. 27; followed […]